On Wednesday night, two continental giants butt heads in the UEFA Champions League when Chelsea travel to Turin for a Group H fixture against Juventus.
Both sides got off to winning starts on matchday one, with Juventus top of the group after beating Malmo 3-0 away, while Chelsea bested Zenit in a 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues, the reigning champions of this tournament, started the season impressively but suffered a setback at the weekend when they suffered a home defeat against Manchester City in the Premier League.
Thomas Tuchel can take solace in the defeat’s small margins and his Chelsea side pushing City to the brink.
However, he won’t want them to make a habit of coming out on the wrong side of tense matches.
This Italian trip is a chance for Romelu Lukaku and co. to bounce back immediately.
The contest with City wasn’t only reminiscent of the UCL because it was a rematch of last season’s final.
The tight scoreline is typical of a Chelsea UCL fixture in recent times, with their previous nine games featuring fewer than three goals.
Juventus are building up a head of steam after a slow start to the campaign, and they are unbeaten in their last four matches, winning three times.
Over the weekend, they beat Sampdoria 3-2, the second successive game they won by that scoreline.
While these attacking shows have thrilled, Juventus will find repeating the trick for a third game running difficult, especially with injury concerns over Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata.
The shortage of attacking power at their disposal may mean that Chelsea will dominate the attacking play.
They face a Juve defence that has failed to keep a clean sheet in their past 20 Serie A games.
Juventus are unbeaten in three matches against Chelsea, but we believe that record is under threat against a well-drilled Blues outfit. Back Chelsea to win with a clean sheet.