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Coppa Italia Game Time Thread: Juventus vs. Hellas Verona

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Ah, to be home again. And not just home, but home for a nice run of games, too. Juventus' next game on the road? That's not until the first game in February when Juve travels to the Friuli to face Udinese on Feb. 1. But until then, Max Allegri's squad won't have to worry about travel arrangements or hotel rooms.

Juventus are home, and home for awhile.

Not just home, but also hosting both Verona teams in Italy's top flight.

Tonight isn't Serie A. Nope, that's this weekend. Like the headline above suggests, it's Coppa Italia time and the first of two games in four days against Hellas Verona. With the Coppa comes the expected squad rotation, but it also brings something we've come to know and love about this team in recent years — a packed stadium.

Juventus Stadium will be sold out once more against Verona tonight, and with it, the anticipated atmosphere that few teams have in the Coppa Italia. The stadium won't be half full like others. It will be crammed to the gills as Juve look to begin their latest quest for a silver star on their jersey.

Let there be plenty of noise.

Let there be Álvaro Morata.

Let there be Kingsley Coman.

Let there be squad rotation that suits or desires and doesn't make us frustrated before the first minute ticks off the clock.

And, most importantly, let there be as many stress-free moments against Hellas Verona as humanly possible.

Nobody wants to see Juve blow another 1-0 lead again — especially when it comes against a team that has just one win in its last six Serie A games. Or when you get off to a good start in front of your home crowd. Or when you have said stadium packed with fans who are looking for nothing other than a win and Juventus in the quarterfinals of the Coppa Italia.

Starting lineups for both Juventus and Hellas Verona will be posted RIGHT HERE when they become available. No Pirlo, no Tévez, but will there be Padoin? It's the Coppa Italia, so there's a pretty good chance of it happening, boys and girls!


Juventus XI (4-3-1-2/4-3-3?): Storari, Lichtsteiner, Bonucci, Ogbonna, Padoin, Pepe, Marchisio, Pogba, Pereyra, Morata, Giovinco

Juventus bench: Buffon, Rubinho, Chiellini, Romagna, Evra, Mattiello, Vitale, Coman, Llorente

Hellas Verona XI (4-3-1-2): Rafael; Sorensen, Rodriguez, R. Marquez, Agostini; Campanharo, Tachtsidis, Hallfredsson; Valoti; Nico Lopez, Nene