Today is Scudetto Day, boys and girls. There can be an argument about the last two Juventus games also being such an occasion, but today is truly the first time where Juventus completely controls their own celebration plans. (Even though Max Allegri doesn't want anybody actually celebrating.)
Juventus needs all of one point to clinch its fourth straight Scudetto. That's one point. Just one. JUST ONE SINGLE POINT.
Now that we've got that established, we can move on.
In a couple of hours, the 33rd Scudetto in the history of Juventus could very well be signed, sealed and delivered. It's something that we've known will happen for weeks. The Serie A lead for Max Allegri and his groupd of Juventinos has been up in the teens for weeks now. Anything less hasn't even been a possibility because of what has gone in in the other European spots below Juve in the standings.
We've been counting down as Juventus' points total and lead in the league has gotten larger and larger. Now is the time where they can combine the final end point where Juve can officially say they can't be caught by the competition.
Today is the day — maybe.
Today is the day — hopefully.
We've been patient, guys. Please, get the job done!
Just keep repeating to yourself (without people thinking you're a crazy guy or gal): One point. One single, solitary point. That's it. That's all my favorite team needs to win the Scudetto.
Starting lineups for both Juventus and Sampdoria will be posted RIGHT HERE when they become available. Let there be Simone Padoin, let there be Juve goals, let there be at least point coming Juve's way and, most importantly of them all, let there be a Scudetto officially in Juve's hands come the final whistle. It's a party — kinda. But we'll do the celebrating for the players if they aren't allowed to.
UPDATE: LINEUPS ARE IN!
JuventusXI (4-3-1-2): Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Bonucci, Padoin; Vidal, Marchisio, Sturaro; Pereyra; Tevez, Llorente
Juventus bench: Storari, Audero, Romulo, Chiellini, Ogbonna, De Ceglie, Marrone, Pepe, Pirlo, Coman, Matri, Morata
Sampdoria XI (4-3-1-2): Viviano; De Silvestri, Silvestre, Romagnoli, Mesbah; Rizzo, Palombo, Obiang; Soriano; Eto'o, Muriel