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Chelsea vs Juventus PREVIEW

Preview stats Chelsea vs Juventus.

The UEFA Champions League, November 23, Kick-off 20:00 GMT

Chelsea vs Juventus PREVIEW STATS

Since beating Juventus in the first ever meeting between the two clubs (1-0 in the UEFA Champions League in February 2009), Chelsea are winless in their last four games against the Italian side in European competition (D2 L2).

Chelsea’s last 10 games against Italian opponents in the UEFA Champions League have seen the Blues record only one victory (D3 L6), beating Napoli 4-1 in March 2012. They’ve failed to keep a clean sheet in all 10 games in this run, conceding 21 goals in total.

In the opening four matchdays of this season’s UEFA Champions League, Chelsea have conceded the fewest goals (1), shots (18) and shots on target (3) of any team. They also have the lowest expected goals against total (2.1) in the competition this term.

The average starting distance of Chelsea’s sequences of play in the UEFA Champions League have come 49.8 metres from their own goal; the highest up the field of any team in the competition this season. Indeed, Thomas Tuchel’s high-pressing outfit have also made more high turnovers than any other team (65), with this metric capturing all sequences of play that begin within 40 metres of the opposition goal.

Callum Hudson-Odoi has assisted a goal in each of his last two UEFA Champions League appearances for Chelsea – the last player to make an assist in three consecutive appearances for the club in the competition was Florent Malouda between November and December 2009.

Since the start of last season, Chelsea defender Thiago Silva has won 89% of his aerial duels in the UEFA Champions League (32/36) – this is the best success rate of any player in this period to have contested 20+ aerial duels. Indeed, in the Brazilian’s 12 appearances for the club in the competition, Chelsea have only conceded four goals (an average of 0.3 per game).

Paulo Dybala has been directly involved in four goals in his last two UEFA Champions League games for Juventus (three goals and one assist), while he will be looking to score in three consecutive appearances in the competition for the first time in his career.

Juventus have won their last two games against Chelsea in European competition (3-0 in 2012 and 1-0 earlier this season), while they could become the first team to record three consecutive victories against Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League.

Juventus have won each of their last five games in the UEFA Champions League; the longest current run in the competition, along with Bayern Munich. A victory in this game would see the Old Lady establish a new club-record for consecutive wins (6) in the European Cup/UEFA Champions League.

Juventus have won each of their last three away games against English opponents in the UEFA Champions League, beating Manchester City in 2015 and Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United in 2018. If they win this game, they will become the first team to win four consecutive away games against English opponents in the European Cup/UEFA Champions League.

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