Playing against Fiorentina never really seems like an easy to do simply because they're a tough out no matter what form they're currently in. It doesn't matter if you're the best in the country or the bottom team in Serie A, trying to win in Florence is a tall task for anybody. And to do it twice in one season? Well, shoot, that's just crazy talk.
When Juventus and Fiorentina step onto the field at Juventus Stadium, it will be the second time they have played in two different competitions within the span of six weeks.
How did the last one go? Well, here's a quick, two-minute refresher course full of awesomeness — at least from the good guys in black and white.
That's beautiful, man. Absolutely beautiful.
The 3-0 win over Fiorentina early last month was easily one of Juventus' best performances of the season. They were clinical, they were dominating, and overpowering Fiorentina on their home turf. It was part of a stretch where Juventus advanced in the Champions League, advanced in the Coppa Italia and only stretched their lead in Serie A.
But this isn't the Coppa Italia where there's an aggregate scoreline to try and flip in Juventus' favor.
Instead, Juventus are on the brink of the Scudetto, one they've been storming toward for the better part of the last two or three months. It's been a foregone conclusion since Roma has tailed off into a disappointing season and Lazio has pulled even with their inner-city rivals. We've seen the lead atop the Serie A table grow and grow and grow, with it topping out at more than the low teens.
Because of the big-time lead, today may be Scudetto day and a reason to celebrate for Max Allegri and Juventus. Hopefully it goes a little better than the last potential Scudetto day about 72 hours ago.
Starting lineups for both Juventus and Fiorentina will be posted RIGHT HERE when they become available. Could the latest game against La Viola be as good as the last? That's going to be one tough task to try and match, but they've done it once before. Or maybe just a win and three points will be the right end product. There won't be any objections from me if that were the case.
UPDATE: LINEUPS ARE IN!
Juventus XI (4-3-1-2): Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Chiellini, Evra; Marchisio, Pirlo, Sturaro; Pereyra; Tevez, Llorente
Juventus bench: Storari, Audero, Ogbonna, De Ceglie, Marrone, Padoin, Pepe, Vidal, Coman, Matri, Morata
Fiorentina XI (3-5-2): Neto; Savic, Rodriguez, Basanta; Joaquin, Aquilani, Badelj, Mati Fernandez, Alonso; Salah, Gomez