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Coppa Italia Game Time Thread: Juventus vs. Avellino

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Valerio Pennicino

It's Coppa Italia time, ladies and gentlemen. Not only does that mean drastically different starting lineups, but also Juventus is able to resume the quest for a silver star to add to its fabled black and white stripes.

Juventus begin their chase for their 10th Coppa Italia title when Serie B side Avellino, arguably the competition's most surprising team this season, come to Turin tonight looking to keep their run alive.

Don't know much about Avellino? Well, Juventus' official website is here to help. We go, as they say, under the spotlight to learn more about Juventus' opponent...

For a newly-promoted side, the Biancoverdi are doing very well under Massimo Rastelli in Italy's second tier and currently find themselves fifth in the table. They have been experiencing a slight dip of late though, and their form over the last five league matches reads as follows: WLDDD.

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All of their Coppa Italia victories on the way to the last 16 have been by a narrow margin. Before 3 December's 2-1 win over Frosinone that has set up the clash with the Bianconeri, they beat Monza and then Cesena 1-0.

All of those wins were recorded in front of their home crowd at the Stadio Partenio-Lombardi, so Wednesday's clash at Juventus Stadium will be an entirely different challenge for the Biancoverdi.

Yeah, I'd say playing at Juventus Stadium is a different animal entirely — especially so when it's sold out and packed to the gills with tifosi singing at the top of their lungs.

Let the games begin, eh?

If you were calling for some squad rotation, well the Coppa Italia is the right kind of competition for you. You'll get a drastically different Juventus lineup, and you'll like it.

UPDATE: LINEUPS ARE IN!

Juventus XI (3-5-2): Storari; Caceres, Ogbonna, Peluso; Motta (lol), Padoin, Marchisio, Asamoah, De Ceglie; Quagliarella, Giovinco

Juventus bench: Rubinho, Lichtsteiner, Isla, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini, Pogba, Pepe, Bouy, Tevez, Llorente