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When: Wednesday, September 19 at 2:45 p.m. ET
Where: Stamford Bridge, London, England
Group: Group E
One of the best matchups tomorrow sees Italian giants Juventus make their way to Stamford Bridge to take on last year's champions, Chelsea, who are without doubt a stronger side than they were six months ago in the Champions League.
The Blues have bought extremely well over the summer transfer window—bringing in players like Eden Hazard, Oscar, Marko Marin and Cesar Azpilicueta—and have started the English Premier League in dominant fashion. Aside from their recent scoreless draw with Queens Park Rangers, the London club have been dominant in attack, fluent in midfield and remain unbeaten in this year's compeition.
However, the class difference between, say, QPR or Reading and Juventus is huge. They, too, strengthened their side in the summer—which, when you consider that they won the 2011-12 Serie A competition without a single loss, is very formidable.
Players like Claudio Marchisio can make big plays when needed most, and could lead the Italian club to a very dominant display on Wednesday night. Chelsea have shown they can open up at the back, and Juventus certainly have the firepower to find the back of the net in this one—despite being a long way away from home.
I'm calling an upset, as Juventus announce themselves as a real contender in the Champions League this year.
Prediction: Chelsea 1-2 Juventus