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Game Time Thread: Juventus vs. Sassuolo

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We all know a trip to Bavaria is hanging out over there in the corner trying to occupy all of our thoughts. You want to forget about, but it's there to try and distract you from what is currently right in front of you. "Look over here, you jerk!" it probably screams from over there in that corner, but you just try and refrain from doing anything stupid.

Right in front of Juventus is Sassuolo's visit to Turin this evening. It's the game before the game. But it's not necessarily a game where you can take your foot off the gas a little bit because the discrepancy

Sassuolo is the last team to have beaten Juventus way back on Oct. 28. Since then, we've seen Juve go on a meteoric rise to the top of the Serie A table. Eighteen games have come and gone in league play and Juve have the same amount of losses as they did in the aftermath of that utterly frustrating trip to the Mapei. That's the good part. That's what we want to see continue as Juve officially enter the next week with a single-digit number of Serie A games remaining on the 2015-16 fixture list.

So let's just take a look at a couple of realistic targets with Sassuolo in town for some Friday night football, shall we?

  • Extend the lead atop the Serie A standings to six points over Napoli.
  • Get Gigi Buffon even closer to the Serie A record for most consecutive minutes without a goal allowed.
  • Don't have any kind of shenanigans happen that prevent the first two bullet points from taking place.

Simple, right? Yeah, sure. Sometimes things aren't as simple as we map them out. But, the good thing that we know is Juventus hasn't lost since they last played Sassuolo. One more early-season loss to avenge. A little extra motivation never hurt anybody.

Then everybody can think about Bayern Munich.

Lineups

Juventus XI (3-5-2): Gianluigi Buffon; Daniele Rugani, Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli; Juan Cuadrado, Sami Khedira, Claudio Marchisio, Kwadwo Asamoah, Alex Sandro; Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala

Juventus bench: Neto, Rubinho, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Patrice Evra, Simone Padoin, Mario Lemina, Stefano Sturaro, Hernanes, Paul Pogba, Roberto Pereyra, Simone Zaza, Alvaro Morata

Sassuolo XI (4-3-3): Andrea Consigli; Sime Vrsaljko, Francesco Acerbi, Luca Antei, Federico Peluso; Alfred Duncan, Francesco Magnanelli, Davide Biondini; Matteo Politano, Diego Falcinelli, Nicola Sansone

How to watch

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

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

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