By now, you've probably heard all about Juventus' recent domination in the Derby della Mole. Because of that, we won't go into extreme detail about when the last time Torino beat Juve or even the last time Toro scored a goal in the battle of rivals who both hail the city of Turin.
But what we will get into is that the Derby della Mole is the latest chance for Juventus to show just how far they've come in the month of November. I feel safe in saying nobody around here wants to end this month like Juventus ended October. That game against Genoa was stupid, so incredibly stupid.
Yet at the same time, the last-minute loss to Genoa proved to be the perfect wake-up call that both the players and coaches alike needed to right the ship. Since then, they've done exactly that, storming through the month of November with their foots fully on the gas pedal.
Can Juventus continue the forward progress?
Gosh I sure hope so.
Even in a matchup that could feature as many or more cards than shots on goal, Juventus will be tested. That's what derbies are all about. They are never easy, no matter what kind of form each club is in. And even though Juventus has won every Derby della Mole for the past decade, it hasn't come easy. Mainly because Juventus-Torino games are never easy for anybody.
Maybe, just maybe, there will be an exception to the rule. (Ha, who am I kidding?)
Starting lineups for both Juventus and Torino will be posted RIGHT HERE when they become available. And while there may be no Simone Padoin because of suspension, there will be plenty of chances for us to watch former Juventus players on the field. But they are more than welcome to not enact the Ex Effect and have games that aren't worth writing home about. Just a suggestion, fellas.
UPDATE: LINEUPS ARE IN!
Juventus XI (4-3-1-2): Storari; Lichtsteiner, Bonucci, Chiellini, Evra; Pogba, Pirlo, Marchisio; Vidal; Tévez, Llorente
Juventus bench: Rubinho, Audero, Ogbonna, Pepe, Pereyra, Mattiello, Morata, Coman, Giovinco
Torino XI (3-5-2): Gillet; Maksimovic, Glik, Moretti; Peres, Vives, Gazzi, El Kaddouri, Darmian; Amauri, Quagliarella
Torino bench: Castellazzi, Padelli, Molinaro, Bovo, Perez, Farnerud, Larrondo, Martinez, Jansson, Silva, Sanchez Mino, Benassi
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