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Game Time Thread: Juventus vs. Genoa

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Tullio M. Puglia

Whenever Juventus heads over to the Luigi Ferraris, I never know what to truly expect. You could say that for a lot of games — especially these midweek games that come in the form of something that rhymes with the Schmapions Schleague — but it's always interesting whenever Juve heads off to raucous stadiums away from Turin.

Maybe it's the noise. Maybe it's just the fact that the crowd is seemingly right on top of the field. Maybe it's that Juventus have had a handful of completely unpredictable games in Genoa.

Midweek football can be a unique challenge, whether it's in Europe or just another round of what is a 38-round in Serie A. The rest is short, the manager is looked upon to gauge just how physically ready his players are. Who sits? Who plays? Who can make the trip? And so it goes.

Wit the schedule packing games on the docket every 72 hours or so, this is the task of Max Allegri right now. But unlike after the first two games of the latest post-international break, Juventus are actually coming off a win. Rinse and repeat, and everything will be done once again as Allegri prepares for Juve's game against Empoli on Saturday afternoon in Tuscany. First, however, is today's game at the Ferraris, one that is against a Genoa side that has lost just once in its last six games. Not bad for a club that

Let's just hope that this time, in Buffon's 500th Juventus appearance, they won't need him to do any penalty shot stopping. Even though it would be pretty awesome to see San Gigi stop a penalty on such a monumental day in his career.

Starting lineups for both teams will be posted RIGHT HERE when they become available. And don't you worry, the national nightmare is over. Simone Padoin, who was not called up for Juve's 2-0 win over Palermo, is amongst those who made the trip to Genoa. So we've got that going for us, which is nice.

UPDATE: LINEUPS ARE IN!

Juventus XI (3-5-2): Buffon; Ogbonna, Bonucci, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Marchisio, Pogba, Asamoah; Tevez, Llorente

Juventus bench: Storari, Rubinho, Romulo, Marrone, Padoin, Pirlo, Mattiello, Pereyra, Morata, Coman, Giovinco

Genoa XI (3-4-3): Perin; Marchese, De Maio, Burdisso, Rosi, Mandragora, Greco, Antonelli, Bertolacci, Pinilla, Perotti

Genoa bench: Kucka, Mussis, Lestienne, Antonini, Sommariva, Falque, Matri, Lamanna, Edenilson, Roncaglia, Izzo