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Game Time Thread: Juventus vs. Cagliari

Paul Pogba, provider of fantastic pictures, keeps giving.
Paul Pogba, provider of fantastic pictures, keeps giving.
Paolo Bruno

We can consider this the end of the road. Not the Boyz II Men song, folks, the end of the road when it comes to the current Serie A season. There's just this 90 or so minutes left in the 2013-14 season. That's not exactly a lot of time left to cherish what has been another Scudetto-winning campaign in Turin.

But just because the season is over, it doesn't mean that the party's over.

Today is the day that Juventus captain and noted goalkeeping master Gianluigi Buffon will hear his name over the public address system, run out to cheers and even more cheers, and then lift the Scudetto over his head for the second straight season finale. I'm going to say he learned pretty well from Alessandro De Piero because his form last year was quite good.

There is a game, yes. And Juventus are trying to get to the 100-point mark for the first time in the history of the league. Considering who they're playing, there's a very good chance that don't remain on 99 points come the final whistle.

Still, Scudetto party.

This day is more about simply the game. It's going to be a celebration of what Juve have done over the last eight or nine months. A celebration of another title. So if you see a lot of things involving the No. 32 around Juventus Stadium over the next couple of hours, I think there's a good reason why.

And one more thing: Scudetto party.

Yeah, Scudetoo party.

Starting lineups for both teams will be posted RIGHT HERE when they become available. Maybe Antonio Conte can hand Simone Padoin a third straight start? Considering the past two Padoin starts have been wins, I don't see why not. I mean, what could possibly go wrong, right?

(Don't answer that last question.)


Juventus XI (3-5-2): Buffon; Cáceres, Bonucci, Ogbonna; Lichtsteiner, Pogba, Pirlo, Marchisio, Asamoah; Llorente, Tévez

Juventus bench: Storari, Rubinho, Isla, Barzagli, Peluso, Padoin, Pepe, Giovinco, Vucinic, Osvaldo, Quagliarella

Cagliari XI (4-3-1-2): Silvestri; Avelar, Astori, Rossettini, Perico; Tabanelli, Conti, Dessena; Cossu; Ibarbo, Pinilla