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Game Time Thread: Juventus vs. Fiorentina

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By the time Juventus and Fiorentina step onto the field tonight, they will have known the result of Sunday's other big game with potential Scudetto implications. Roma and Napoli will play one another. Maybe it will be a good game, maybe it will be a complete load of crap. (It is Roma, after all.) That game will have Serie's A No. 3 team playing its No. 4 team, with the league leaders currently kicking their feet up and watching all of it take place.

Then, a little less than an hour later, they'll turn things over to the main event.

Maybe the Serie A schedule makers didn't expect it to be this important, but second place playing fifth place — and both teams being the definition of two in-form teams — is the real deal and deserving of the main event on Sunday night.

There have been quite a few big games already this season. Those two Man City wins come to mind right away. Some of the others haven't gone Juve's way simply because they happened at the start of what has now become a rebound-like season.

Tonight's game is one of the biggest we've seen this season. Not just because Juventus has been able to make something out of this season after such a difficult start. Not just because Juventus has the chance to leapfrog another team in the table if the other results go their way. But because of everything that goes into it. Juventus vs. Fiorentina is a game that has a lot riding on it — both for the hosts and the visitors.

And it's just the latest renewal of a rivalry that has certainly seen its moments — good and bad — in the past that many of us remember. (Some that we probably want to forget, too.)

Sure, different player wearing No. 10, different player wearing No. 21, different everything. But another moment of magic could very well mean the difference between no points, one point or three points. You never know.


Juventus XI (3-5-2): Gianluigi Buffon; Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini; Juan Cuadrado, Sami Khedira, Claudio Marchisio, Paul Pogba, Patrice Evra; Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala

Juventus bench: Neto, Rubinho, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Martin Caceres, Daniele Rugani, Alex Sandro, Simone Padoin, Stefano Sturaro, Mattia Vitale, Simone Zaza, Alvaro Morata

Fiorentina XI (3-4-2-1): Ciprian Tatarusanu; Nenad Tomovic, Gonzalo Rodriguez, Davide Astori; Federico Bernardeschi, Milan Badelj, Matias Vecino, Marcos Alonso; Borja Valero, Josip Ilicic; Nikola Kalinic

Fiorentina bench: Luigi Sepe, Luca Lezzerini, Khourna Babacar, Gilberto, Manuel Pasqual, Ante Rebic, Joan Verdú, Giuseppe Rossi, Facundo Roncaglia, Mati Fernandez, Mario Suarez

How to watch

TV: Rai International (United States and Canada); BT Sport 1 (United Kingdom); Sky Sport 1 HD Italia, Sky Calcio 1, Sky Supercalcio HD (Italy)

Online: BT Sport Live Streaming (United Kingdom); Sky Go Italia (Italy)

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