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Game Time Thread: Juventus vs. AC Milan

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Going to the San Siro is never all that easy of a task. It doesn’t matter what state Milan or Inter are in, really. When you head to the San Siro as a Juventus player, you’re going to get a game from either one of Milan’s two big clubs.It’s rather easy to see why.

The last six games between Juventus and Milan at the San Siro have gone has follows:

1-0 Juventus win

2-1 Juventus win

1-0 Juventus win

2-0 Juventus win

1-0 Milan win

1-1 draw

Tonight, Juventus and its most talented roster in years stroll into the San Siro looking to extend that four-game winning streak on Milan’s home turf. This, maybe at the surprise to some, is a meeting between the first and third place team in Serie A this season. Because of that, if Juventus is able to get a fifth straight win over Milan at the San Siro it would not only make it five straight wins in league play, but also push the difference between the two to eight points.

An eight-point lead over at least one of the teams that entered the weekend tied for second place behind Juventus? Sure, I’d like to order some of that.

Over the next couple of hours, we will hear about Gianluigi Buffon and Gianluigi Donnarumma. We will hear about how Juventus has injuries up and down the roster. We will hear about how Milan has been able to find some good form under first-year manager Vincenzo Montella. We will hear all of it — and obviously more than that considering there are so many things to talk about with each of these two teams.

Juventus vs. Milan has a little more sizzle to it than it’s had in years past. That’s definitely not a bad thing. But as we have come to know, even as Milan were hanging around the middle of the Serie A table in recent years, the trip to the San Siro was never a stone-cold lock for a Juve win. There’s no reason that’s suddenly going to change now, folks.

MATCH INFO

Location: San Siro Stadium, Milan, Italy

Kick-off time: 8:45 p.m. local time in Italy; 7:45 p.m. in England; 2:45 p.m. on the East Coast; 11:45 a.m. on the West Coast

STARTING LINEUPS

Juventus starting XI (3-5-2): Gianluigi Buffon; Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Medhi Benatia; Dani Alves, Sami Khedira, Hernanes, Miralem Pjanic, Alex Sandro; Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain

Juventus bench: Neto, Emil Audero, Daniele Rugani, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Patrice Evra, Mario Lemina, Stefano Sturaro, Claudio Marchisio, Juan Cuadrado, Moise Kean, Mario Mandzukic

AC Milan starting XI (4-3-3): Gialuigi Donnarumma; Ignazio Abate, Gabriel Paletta, Alessio Romagnoli, Mattia De Sciglio; Juraj Kucka, Manuel Locatelli, Giacomo Bonaventura; Suso, Carlos Bacca, M’Baye Niang

AC Milan bench: Gabriel, Alessandro Plizzari, Rodrigo Ely, Gustavo Gomez, Keisuke Honda, Andrea Poli, Jose Sosa, Mario Pasalic, Luiz Adriano, Gianluca Lapadula

WATCH IT

TV: beIN SPORTS USA (United States); beIN Sports Canada (Canada); BT Sport 3 (United Kingdom); Sky Sport 1 HD Italia, Sky Supercalcio HD, Sky Calcio 1 (Italy)

Online: fuboTV, beIN SPORTS CONNECT U.S.A. (United States); beIN SPORTS CONNECT Canada, fuboTV Canada (Canada); BT Sport Live Streaming (United Kingdom); SKY Go Italia (Italy)

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