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Game Time Thread: Juventus vs. Napoli

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Common wisdom and understand of the game tells us with as many talented players as Juventus has, it will click eventually. And when it does click, it will be fun to watch again. Not the kind of two-hour period full of frustration that viewing Juventus currently is for many of us right now.

The good thing in all of this?

The team Juventus is about to play is struggling just as much. And therefore, they're arguably just as vulnerable as Juve are right now. "Get 'em while they're down!" some Neapolitan is screaming to himself in Italian while he enjoys his fifth espresso (o espressino?) of the day.

We're just waiting for Juventus to play to their potential. Nobody knows when it will show up. We want it to be now, but just not happening as the early-season games go by. But maybe a rivalry game will be the thing that snaps them into shape. I hope it is. A lot of us hope that's the case.

As he heads into a crucial and big-game matchup in Round 6, Juventus manager Max Allegri has been forced to play without his best starting XI once again with no natural right back available to him for the trip to Naples. No Stephan Lichtsteiner. No Martin Cáceres. But, hey, this is nothing new to us. We've seen Allegri shift to this before. You just wish that it didn't involve Simone Padoin so often this season...

Please win, Juventus. I like it when that happens. And it needs to happens more often, so please win, Juventus. Now that we've got that out of the way, hopefully we can enjoy the next couple of hours instead of wanting to throw a chair out of the living room window and show no remorse for it.

A new chapter in Juventus-Napoli will be written no matter what the result is. And, hopefully, a new chapter in this current season starts to be written as well. I'm cool with that. I want to think it's a good chapter, too.


Juventus XI (4-3-1-2): Gianluigi Buffon; Simone Padoin, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Patrice Evra; Roberto Pereyra, Mario Lemina, Paul Pogba; Hernanes; Simone Zaza, Paulo Dybala

Juventus bench: Neto, Emil Audero, Andrea Barzagli, Daniele Rugani, Alex Sandro, Stefano Sturaro, Kwadwo Asamoah, Juan Cuadrado, Alvaro Morata

Napoli XI (4-3-3): Pepe Reina; Elseid Hysaj, Rual Albiol, Kalidou Koulibaly, Faouzi Ghoulam; Allan, Jorginho, Marek Hamsik; Lorenzo Insigne, Jose Callejon, Gonzalo Higuaín

How to watch

TV: beIN SPORTS (United States); beIN SPORTS Canada (Canada); Sky Sports 1 HD Italia, Sky Calcio 1, Sky Supercalcio HD (Italy); BT Sport Europe (United Kingdom)

Online: beIN SPORTS CONNECT U.S.A. (United States); beIN SPORTS CONNECT CANADA (Canada); Sky Go Italia (Italy)

Other live viewing options can be found here, and as always, you can also follow along with us live on Twitter. If you haven't already, join the community on Black & White & Read All Over, and join in the discussion below.