Leaders Juventus can complete Sevilla misery

Juventus aim to cement first place in Group D on matchday six as Sevilla FC seek an end to their losing streak and, with it, earn a return to the UEFA Europa League.

Juve's Simone Zaza scores against Sevilla on matchday two
Juve's Simone Zaza scores against Sevilla on matchday two ©AFP/Getty Images

Juventus travel to Sevilla FC on matchday six looking to cement their place at the top of UEFA Champions League Group D.

• Massimiliano Allegri's side lead the section by two points from Manchester City FC after beating the English side 1-0 on matchday five to ensure their place in the last 16. They now require only a point in Seville to guarantee top spot.

• Sevilla are bottom of Group D after their 4-2 loss at VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach last time out and need a victory over Juventus – and for Gladbach to fail to win at City – if they are to snatch third place and UEFA Europa League entry.

Match background

Sevilla
• Unai Emery's team are seeking their first points since the 3-0 victory over Mönchengladbach on matchday one.

• Last season's UEFA Europa League winners are on a run of four straight defeats in Europe – the worst sequence in their history began with a 2-0 loss at Juventus on matchday two.

• This would be the first time since the 2008/09 UEFA Cup that Sevilla have failed to progress from a UEFA competition group stage.

• The Andalusian club earned their first home victory over Serie A opposition six months ago when defeating ACF Fiorentina 3-0 in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League semi-finals (aggregate 5-0). Neto, now at Juventus, was the Viola goalkeeper.

• In winning their fourth UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup in May, Sevilla surpassed Juventus's three titles and became the club with most triumphs in the competition outright.

• The third of those four successes came at the Juventus Stadium in 2013/14, Sevilla overcoming SL Benfica 4-2 on penalties after a goalless final.

Juventus
• One of four teams still to lose in this season's competition, Juventus are also on a six-game unbeaten run away from home in the UEFA Champions League, stretching back to October 2014.

• Juve visited Spain twice en route to last season's UEFA Champions League final. They lost 1-0 at Club Atlético de Madrid in the group stage, then drew 1-1 at Real Madrid CF in the semi-finals with Álvaro Morata scoring. The Turin club lost the final 3-1 to FC Barcelona, despite another Morata goal.

• Their overall away record against Liga opposition is W3 D5 L14.

Coach and player links
• With Valencia CF, Sevilla boss Emery oversaw home (3-2) and away (2-1) wins over Genoa CFC in the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League group stage.

• As AC Milan coach, Allegri suffered UEFA Champions League elimination against Barcelona twice in successive seasons – in the 2011/12 quarter-finals and the 2012/13 round of 16. His overall record against Liga clubs with the Rossoneri was W1 D4 L5.

• Fernando Llorente scored 23 Serie A goals in two campaigns with Juventus (2013/15), landing back-to-back league titles before joining Sevilla.

• Ciro Immobile began his career in Juve's youth ranks and after his senior debut in March 2009 he appeared five times in total for the Bianconeri. He was in the Borussia Dortmund side beaten 2-1 at Juventus in last term's round of 16.

• Martín Cáceres played for Sevilla between 2010 and 2012. He also had spells with RC Recreativo de Huelva and Barcelona.

• Sami Khedira won seven out of eight matches against Sevilla with Real Madrid.

• Neither Morata (Madrid) nor Mario Mandžukić (Atlético) scored against Sevilla in their two Spanish Liga appearances.

• As an AC Chievo Verona player Marco Andreolli faced Juventus three times, drawing twice in Turin and losing once at home.

• As a Milan player (2014–15), Adil Rami lost all three games against Juventus.

• Rami was in the France side beaten 3-0 by Hernanes's Brazil in a June 2013 friendly, Hernanes scoring the second goal.

• Benoît Trémoulinas made his France debut in a 2-1 away win against Italy in November 2012. Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini and Claudio Marchisio played for Italy.

• Players who have played together:
Lichtsteiner & Rami (LOSC Lille 2006–08)
Hernanes & Andreolli (FC Internazionale Milano 2014–15)
Marchisio & Andreolli (Italy Under-21)
Patrice Evra & Rami (France)
Morata & Llorente, Vitolo (Spain)
Immobile & Buffon, Chiellini, Marchisio, Barzagli, Bonucci, Simone Zaza (Italy)

Match facts

Sevilla
• Sevilla have won five of their last six home games in all competitions – a run that includes victories against Valencia, Real Madrid and Barcelona.

• Defender Sergio Escudero, a summer arrival from Getafe CF, marked his Sevilla debut with the only goal as Valencia were beaten on 29 November.

• The Hispalenses started their Copa del Rey campaign with a 3-0 success at UD Logroñes on 2 December in the first leg of their round of 32 tie.

• Vicente Iborra's goal earned Sevilla a 1-1 draw at RC Deportivo La Coruña on Saturday 5 December. They remain without an away Liga win since 23 May.

• Andreolli (Achilles tendon), Daniel Carriço (hamstring), Gaël Kakuta (hamstring) and Beto (knee) are all out, while Trémoulinas (Achilles tendon) is a doubt.

Juventus
• Hernanes serves the second game of a two-match ban.

• The 2-0 victory at SS Lazio on 4 December means Juventus have won their last five matches in all competitions, and was their fourth successive clean sheet.

• Stefano Sturaro's goal in the 3-0 triumph at US Città di Palermo on 29 November was his first of the season.

• After suffering three defeats in their first seven games of the campaign, Juventus have lost just one of their last 13 in all competitions.

• Roberto Pereyra (out since 25 October, thigh) and Khedira (13 November, thigh) are still out, while Mario Lemina (knee) missed the Palermo fixture but was an unused substitute at Lazio.

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