It has been 13 days since Juventus last played in a game. You hear me, folks? THIRTEEN DAYS. That’s a long time. Not as long as we have to deal with every summer when we’re consumed by transfer rumors and weeks of nothing but YouTube highlights to fulfill our viewing desires.
Those 13 days are now over, my friends. And 13 days after Juventus last stepped onto the field and Miralem Pjanic delivered one of his trademark free kicks to beat Chievo, the boys in black and white are back. Rejoice, people, rejoice! Juventus is back!
Yes, let there be non-international football in our lives once again. Peace out, international break. It’s been nice and all not to have a stressful game to watch every three or four days, but your time will come again in a couple of months. For now, head over to the the reserved seating section and just chill with a bucket of popcorn or something.
First-place Juventus, even though not at top form performance-wise, hosts almost-relegation-zone Pescara in the first game back from the international break. Juventus is back, and hopefully the second half of November serves as the same kind of taking off point as this time of year did a season ago.
But as we know, Juventus are at home. And that means continuing to be a machine at home against Serie A opposition. That’s how you win the league — which I’m pretty sure is something that Juventus wants to do for a sixth straight season.
Make it 23, gentlemen. That’s a suggestion to all of you. Please listen.
And while we’re at it: It’s a big weekend of football across Europe. Settle in, folks, because Juventus-Pescara is the biggest game of them all. (Okay, not really, but let’s just pretend that’s the case because we all like a good laugh or two around these parts.)
Location: Juventus Stadium, Turin, 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
Juventus starting XI (3-5-2): Neto; Daniele Rugani, Leonardo Bonucci, Patrice Evra; Stephan Lichtsteiner, Sami Khedira, Hernanes, Kwadwo Asamoah, Alex Sandro; Mario Mandzukic, Gonzalo Higuain
Juventus bench: Gianluigi Buffon, Emil Audero, Giorgio Chiellini, Stefano Sturaro, Miralem Pjanic, Mario Lemina, Claudio Marchisio, Juan Cuadrado, Moise Kean
Pescara starting XI (3-5-2): Albano Bizzarri; Dario Zuparic, Hugo Campagnaro, Cristiano Biraghi; Francesco Zampano, Ledian Memushaj, Gaston Brugman, Bryan Cristante, Alessandro Crescenzi; Stefano Pettinari, Gianluca Caprari
TV: RAI International (United States); RAI International (Canada); BT Sport 3 (United Kingdom); Sky Supercalcio HD, Sky Calcio 1, Sky Sport 1 HD Italia (Italy)
Online: fuboTV, beIN SPORTS CONNECT U.S.A. (United States); beIN SPORTS CONNECT Canada (Canada); BT Sport Live Streaming (United Kingdom); SKY Go Italia (Italy)
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