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Game Time Thread: Juventus vs. Sampdoria

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Ah, lunchtime kickoffs in Italy. The bane of the existence for a lot of Juventini who reside on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. Those six-, seven-, nine-hour time differences can be But while we complain about what time Juventus kicks off here in North America, we also realize something — there's a game to be played.

And that game is quite an interesting one to say the least.

Juventus vs. Sampdoria is one of the more unpredicted top four showdowns we've had in a good amount of time. That's because nobody even thought Samp would be at this place in the Serie A table on the second weekend of December. Juventus being were they currently are was basically an assumed commodity because they're still the gold standard in the league. But Samp? Nah, not really.

So now Samp get the chance to prove once more this start to the 2014-15 season isn't a fluke. For Juventus, they get the chance to get back on the three-point train after draws against both Fiorentina and Atlético Madrid in Serie A and the Champions League, respectively.

Sounds fun, doesn't it? Maybe. But...

Lunchtime kickoffs, I hate you. I will still watch you, though. Dammit.

Starting lineups for both Juventus and Sampdoria will be posted RIGHT HERE when they become available. Can Juventus get back in the winning trail in Serie A after their scoreless draw against Fiorentina? Will Manolo Gabbiadini actually play despite all of the transfer rumors linking him to Napoli? Stayed tuned and find out, kiddos!

UPDATE: LINEUPS ARE IN!

Juventus XI (4-3-1-2): Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Bonucci, Ogbonna, Evra; Vidal, Marchisio, Pogba; Pereyra; Tévez, Morata

Juventus bench: Rubinho, Audero, Pepe, Padoin, Pirlo, Mattiello, Coman, Giovinco, Llorente

Sampdoria XI (4-3-1-2): Romero; Cacciatore, Gastaldello, Romagnoli, Regini; Rizzo, Palombo, Obiang; Krsticic; Okaka, Eder

Sampdoria bench: Da Costa, Mesbah, Duncan, Fedato, Gabbiadini, Soriano, Djordjevic, Marchionni, Fornasier