Juventus v Sevilla - Wednesday 19:45, BT Sport Extra
Juventus came agonisingly close to knocking Bayern out in the round of 16 last season but a late Thomas Muller goal forced extra-time and the Bavarians went on to triumph. Sevilla, meanwhile, won a third consecutive Europa League title last term but their manager for each of those of triumphs, Unai Emery, has left to join PSG in what has been another summer of change at Sevilla with Krychowiak and Gameiro also leaving the club.
Juve have an impressive W34-D5-L1 home record in the league under Allegri while they’re W7-D3-L0 in the Champions League at the Juventus Stadium in the last couple of seasons, with six clean sheets, despite the fact that they’ve played the likes of Bayern, Real Madrid, Dortmund and Atletico in that time. Indeed, they were also in Sevilla’s group last term, beating them 2-0 at home but losing 1-0 in Spain.
That sums Sevilla up fairly well as they’re an excellent side at home but remarkably failed to win on the road in the league last term and that’s continued into this season as they could only draw at a struggling Villarreal side. They lost all three of their Champions League road games last term, conceding eight goals in the process and with renowned attacking manager Jorge Sampaoli now at the helm and winning his first game 6-4, we think Juve could take advantage of their leaky defence here.
The Italians look like bankers for any midweek accumulators, but we’re going to back them -1 on the handicap in the hope that Higuain continues his excellent start to the season, having netted three times already.