So, for one of the final times this season, Juventus will be playing away from home. It's at a place that has brought some pretty good memories. There's been wins at the Franchi. There's been excitement at the Franchi. There's even been a Simone Padoin goal at the Frnachi. No, seriously, that happened, too.
If Padoin were to score another goal against purple-clad opposition, then it probably means that Juve are well on their way to claiming yet another victory against a Serie A opponent. A win this evening would be different, though. You know, different in the fact that it will mean Juventus are about to win a fifth consecutive Scudetto. Those kinds of wins don't happen every day, and while Juve have had a handful of them over the last five years, they won't get old.
Ever, to be honest.
Playing at the Franchi is never easy. I know Padoin scored in a game there, but that's beside the point. Juventus will have to earn this one no matter what kind of form Fiorentina is currently in. (Not great form, Bob!) But this Juventus team has proven that it is willing to take on every team that is right in front of them ever since that struggle of a opening six weeks to the season.
Fiorentina is the next. Then there's Carpi in Turin next weekend. Then Hellas Verona after that. And Sampdoria in the season finale at Juventus Stadium after that.
But, for right now, it's Fiorentina that will be getting Juventus' unbridled attention. Why? Because if there's one thing Max Allegri has said that you can take to the bank, it's that Juve want to have this title signed, sealed and delivered to us all in the shortest amount of time possible. That means four points in the bag over the next two games, and that's that.
The end goal is almost in sight, indeed. Four more points to go before the trophy is officially Juventus' once again. It sure would be nice if three of those points are part of the team's traveling party back to Turin. Sounds like a plan, doesn't it?
Juventus XI (3-5-2): Gianluigi Buffon; Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Daniele Rugani; Stephan Lichtsteiner, Sami Khedira, Mario Lemina, Paul Pogba, Patrice Evra; Paulo Dybala, Mario Mandzukic
Juventus bench: Rubinho, Emil Audero, Alex Sandro, Simone Padoin, Hernanes, Kwadwo Asamoah, Roberto Pereyra, Juan Cuadrado, Simone Zaza, Álvaro Morata
Fiorentina XI (4-2-3-1): Ciprian Tatarusanu; Nenad Tomovic, Gonzalo Rodriguez, Davide Astori, Marcos Alonso; Milan Badelj, Borja Valero; Federico Bernardeschi, Josip Ilicic, Cristian Tello; Nikola Kalinic
Fiorentina bench: Luca Lezzerini, Giacomo Satalino, Tino Costa, Mauro Zarate, Mati Fernandez, Jakub Blaszczykowski, Manuel Pasqual, Panagiotis Kone, Facundo Roncaglia
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