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Game Time Thread: Juventus vs. AC Milan

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Can Juventus win three straight league games? Can we have nice things for a decent amount of time? Those two things, those two very important things, are the two bullet points we're all wondering about right now. Those are the two main things that a lot of people are wondering about — both Juventus fans around the damn globe and those who follow the game without any kind of rooting interest.

Juventus went into the international break with momentum. There's no denying that. The 3-1 comeback win over Empoli was something we haven't seen much of this season. Well, at least the comeback part, that is. We've seen Juve fall behind in games they have no business falling behind. That's nothing new. But to see them fight back in that manner, that gives you reason for hope. (Of course, that took an inauspicious route to get to that 3-1 win, but they needed a win, and they got it.

So where do they go from there?

That's what we all want to know.

Will this team revert to its early-season form out of this latest international break? Or, for the betterment of its league standing — and certainly Champions League future beyond the final two group stage games — can they continue this rise up the table that started the last couple of weeks? It's interesting both for the good and the frustration that this season has been. But for all of us here, we want three points and nothing else. That's the way Juventus needs to approach these next few weeks. Or else, those bad times will return. (I don't want that to happen.)

I still have that little voice in my head telling me about how whacky Juventus' form has been this season. So, I guess I just have one simple request for what's going down in Turin tonight: Please win, Juventus. Please, please win.


Juventus XI (4-3-1-2): Gianluigi Buffon; Stephan Lichtsteiner, Andrea Barzagli, Giorgio Chiellini, Patrice Evra; Stefano Sturaro, Claudio Marchisio, Paul Pogba; Hernanes; Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala

Juventus bench: Neto, Rubinho, Daniele Rugani, Leonardo Bonucci, Alex Sandro, Mario Lemina, Mattia Vitale, Juan Cuadrado, Alvaro Morata, Simone Zaza

Milan XI (4-3-3): Gianluigi Donnarumma; Ignazio Abate, Alex, Alessio Romagnoli, Luca Antonelli; Juraj Kucka, Riccardo Montolivo, Giacomo Bonaventura; Alessio Cerci, Carlos Bacca, M'Baye Niang

Milan bench: Christian Abbiati, Alessandro Livieri, Mattia De Sciglio, Philippe Mexes, Cristian Zapata, Davide Calabria, Jose Mauri, Antonio Nocerino, Andrea Poli, Suso, Keisuke Honda, Luiz Adriano

How to watch

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Online: beIN Sports CONNECT (United States and Canada); BT Sport Live Streaming (United Kingdom) Sky Go Italia (Italy)

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