No matter where the Juventus and Inter are in the standings, the Derby d'Italia is going to be one of the must-watch matches of the Serie A season. It's a rivalry that's exactly what one to be. Neither team likes each other, one club wants what the other currently has and the defending champions are trying to work their way back up the standings.
And it just so happens that the first meeting between the two clubs this season comes at a time where one has struggled, the other has played well and both have eyes on winning that pretty gold trophy they hand out at the end of the Serie A season in May. This is one hell of a way to come out of the international break. It's not like Juve are heading over to the stadium of a club that is going to aim to finish mid-table or avoid relegation. This is a trip into a heated atmosphere where a packed house will have one desire on their mind — watching Juventus lose.
Of course, a lot of us reading this post don't want that to happen. And neither does Juve manager Max Allegri, who finally has just about everybody on his team available for selection outside of a pair of defenders (Martín Cáceres and Stephan Lichtsteiner). That's something we haven't been able to say much at all this season. Injuries have been a constant, and it's not like they've stopped since preseason training until now.
But now that the injury situation is as pleasant as it's been in months, we now hope the team can take full advantage of it. That sure would be nice, if you ask me.
Date: Sunday, October 18, 2015
Time: 8:45 p.m. local; 7:45 p.m. in the United Kingdom; 2:45 p.m. on the East Coast; 11:45 a.m. on the West Coast
Location: San Siro, Milan, Italy
Juventus XI (3-5-2): Gianluigi Buffon; Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini; Juan Cuadrado, Sami Khedira, Claudio Marchisio, Paul Pogba, Patrice Evra; Álvaro Morata, Paulo Dybala
Inter Milan XI (4-3-1-2): Samir Handanovic; Davide Santon, Jeison Murillo, Miranda, Juan Jesus; Fredy Guarin, Gary Medel, Felipe Melo; Ivan Perisic; Maruo Icardi, Stevan Jovetic
How to watch
TV: beIN Sports, RAI International (United States); BT Sport Europe (United Kingdom); beIN Sports Canada (Canada); Sky Supercalcio HD, Premium Calcio, Sky Sport 1 HD Italia, Sky Calcio 1 (Italy)
Online: beIN Sports CONNECT (United States); beIN Sports CONNECT Canada (Canada); SKY Go Italia (Italy)
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