Juventus v Young Boys facts

Having opened with an away win, Juventus will seek to cement their solid start to Group H at home to debutants Young Boys.

Miralem Pjanić celebrates one of his two goals at Valencia
Miralem Pjanić celebrates one of his two goals at Valencia ©AFP/Getty Images

Having opened their first UEFA Champions League campaign against one of Europe's heavyweight clubs, Young Boys continue their introduction to the group stage with a visit to a Juventus side whose recent pedigree hints at another tough evening for the Swiss newcomers.

• While Juve were overcoming Cristiano Ronaldo's first-half red card to ease to a 2-0 win at Valencia via a pair of Miralem Pjanić penalties on the opening night of Group H, Young Boys were marking their debut in the competition proper with a 3-0 loss against Manchester United in Berne.

• Although the teams have never met, both have played four fixtures against clubs from their opponents' country, each winning the first three before losing the most recent encounter.

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Juventus
• Juventus claimed their seventh successive Serie A title in 2017/18, and are in the UEFA Champions League group stage for the 19th time overall. They last failed to reach the round of 16 in 2013/14.

• In last season's UEFA Champions League, Juve finished second to Barcelona in their section before ousting Tottenham in the round of 16 (2-2 home, 2-1 away). Their season looked to be over when they went down 3-0 at home to Real Madrid in the quarter-final first leg – a repeat of the 2017 final, won 4-1 by the Spanish side – only for Juve to score three times in the return. Ronaldo, however, had the last word against his current club, converting a penalty deep into added time to end Juve's campaign.

Highlights: Valencia 0-2 Juventus
Highlights: Valencia 0-2 Juventus

• That Madrid defeat ended Juve's 27-game unbeaten home run in UEFA competition (W16 D11), dating back to a 2-0 reverse against Bayern in April 2013. Those are their only two  European defeats in 33 matches at the Juventus Stadium (W19 D12).

• Juve picked up seven points at home in last season's group stage, beating Olympiacos 2-0 and Sporting CP, drawing 0-0 with Barça and then Tottenham. However, those two draws, plus the Madrid defeat, mean they are without a win in their last three European matches in Turin.

• The Bianconeri have won both previous home games against Swiss visitors without conceding, overcoming Zürich 2-0 in the 1984/85 European Cup second round first leg (6-2 aggregate) and Basel 4-0 in the 2002/03 UEFA Champions League second group stage. The 2-1 reverse in the return was the first time they had failed to win against Swiss opposition.

• Winners in 1985 and 1996, Juventus have played in nine European Cup finals – losing a record seven, including all of their last five.

Young Boys
• Young Boys were Swiss champions in 2017/18 – their 12th league title, but a first since 1986.

• Gerardo Seoane's side overcame Croatia's Dinamo Zagreb to reach the group stage for the first time, following a 1-1 home draw with a 2-1 away success. Young Boys' five previous UEFA Champions League campaigns all ended in qualifying, including in 2017/18 when they beat Dynamo Kyiv in the third qualifying round but lost to CSKA Moskva in the play-offs.

• The Berne side have won only two of their last 11 European games (D4 L5), beating Skënderbeu 2-1 on matchday six of last season's UEFA Europa League in addition to the win in Zagreb. The fixture with the Albanian club was Young Boys' last European engagement of 2017/18, as they finished third in their section.

Watch Young Boys' debut end in defeat by Manchester United
Watch Young Boys' debut end in defeat by Manchester United

• Victory at Dinamo ended a 13-match streak without a European away win for Young Boys (D4 L9).

• The Swiss club's last visit to Italy brought a 3-0 loss at Napoli in the 2014/15 UEFA Europa League group stage; they had won the reverse fixture 2-0. In their only other away game against Serie A opponents, Young Boys were 3-2 winners at Udinese in the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League group stage, after a 3-1 home success.

• Young Boys reached the semi-finals of the 1958/59 European Champion Clubs' Cup, losing 3-1 over two legs against Stade de Reims.

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• Miralem Sulejmani scored against Juventus in the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League group stage, although the Bianconeri won 2-1 at Ajax. Sulejmani had better luck when Benfica beat Juventus 2-1 on aggregate in the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League semi-final, providing an assist in the first leg.

• Steve von Bergen played in Italy for Cesena (2010–12), Genoa (2012) and Palermo (2012/13).

• Have played together:
Blaise Matuidi & Guillaume Hoarau (Paris Saint-Germain 2011–13)
Paulo Dybala & Steve von Bergen (Palermo 2012/13)

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Juventus
Summer transfers
In: Douglas Costa (Bayern München, loan made permanent), Mattia Perin (Genoa), Andrea Favilli (Ascoli), Emre Can (Liverpool), João Cancelo (Valencia), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Leonardo Bonucci (Milan)
Out: Gianluigi Buffon (Paris), Stephan Lichtsteiner (Arsenal), Kwadwo Asamoah (Internazionale), Alberto Cerri (Cagliari, loan), Alberto Brignoli (Palermo), Mattia Caldara (Milan), Gonzalo Higuaín (Milan, loan), Marko Pjaca (Fiorentina, loan), Andrea Favilli (Genoa, loan), Stefano Sturaro (Sporting CP, loan), Claudio Marchisio (Zenit), Luca Clemenza (Padova, loan)

• Juventus have won eight out of eight in all competitions so far this season – matching their best start to a season, in 1930/31.

• The Turin team have started their bid for an eighth successive Serie A title with seven consecutive wins, beating Napoli 3-1 on Saturday.

• Juve have lost only once in their last 32 Serie A matches, winning 27.

• Mario Mandžukić scored twice against Napoli to take his total in Serie A this season to four goals, just one short of his tally for the whole of 2017/18.

• New signing Ronaldo opened his Juventus account in his fourth game, scoring twice in a 2-1 home win against Sassuolo on 16 September. He was also on target in the 2-0 win at Frosinone a week later.

• Paulo Dybala scored his first goal of the season in the 2-0 defeat of Bologna on 26 September; after six matches of the 2017/18 Serie A season, he had ten goals to his name.

• Mattia Perin made his Juventus debut against Bologna.

• Sami Khedira and Douglas Costa have not played since suffering thigh and ankle injuries respectively on matchday one; Mattia De Sciglio has not featured this season due to a thigh problem.

• Full-back Leonardo Spianazzola was not included in the UEFA Champions League squad as he is recovering from knee surgery.

• Ronaldo's overhead kick for Real Madrid against his current club Juventus in last season's UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg was voted UEFA.com Goal of the Season.

Young Boys
Summer transfers
In: Ulisses Garcia (Werder Bremen), Sandro Lauper (Thun), Mohamed Camara (Hapoel Raanana)
Out: Kasim Adams (Hoffenheim), Marco Bürki (Zulte Waregem), Alexandre Letellier (Angers, end of loan), Nicolas Bürgy (Aarau, loan)

• The Swiss champions have started the new season with nine wins from as many Super League matches to take an early grip on the top of the table. They were 4-1 victors at Thun on Saturday.

• The Bern club's 32 league goals this season have been scored by ten different players.

• Young Boys' 12-point lead after nine matches is the largest gap at this stage of the season since Switzerland introduced a ten-team league in summer 2003.

• YB have won 12 of their 14 games this season in all competitions.

• On 23 September Young Boys beat Basel 7-1 at home, seven different players scoring.

• Kevin Mbabu has been out since suffering an ankle injury against Basel, while Djibril Sow and Gregory Wüthrich are out with thigh injuries.

• Jordan Lotomba (knee) and Pedro Teixeira (unspecified) are both yet to play this season. Sandro Lauper returned in the 2-0 win against St Gallen on 26 September having not played since 12 August with an ankle problem.

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