In just a few short weeks, we’ll be talking about actual Juventus games that actually mean something in the Serie A standings. But for now, there are still friendlies to be played — one in the land of the English Premier League, the other just a couple of hours away from Juve’s home in Turin.
That first one has Juventus facing West Ham United in the Hammers’ first-ever game at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The atmosphere will be a festive one, certainly. And there’s certainly a few Juventus players who enjoy themselves a festive kind of day if there ever was one...
So, yeah. There’s the debut of one Dani Alves to look forward. As is the likely appearance of the bench from the €90 Million Man, Gonzalo Higuain. There are things to look forward to other than just sitting there and thinking to ourselves happy thoughts of no Juventus players getting hurt over the course of the 90-plus minutes.
So, please, nobody get hurt.
I guess because he wanted to be Mr. Nice Guy at his pre-match press conference, we got to find out the starting lineup that Max Allegri is planning to roll out against West Ham this afternoon in London.
Oh, a 4-3-1-2, baby!
Please, nobody get hurt. There’s another friendly to go after this one and I’d sure like it if Allegri is basically calling up the same players — and, of course, a couple of additions who have just returned from their post-Euro 2016 holidays — as he has for this afternoon’s friendly. Let the waiting game begin...
Juventus vs. West Ham United
Location: London Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, England
Kick-off time: 1 p.m. local time in England; 2 p.m. in Italy; 8 a.m. on the East Coast; 5 a.m. on the West Coast
Available TV: BT Sport 2, BT Sport Live Streaming, BT Sport Ultra HD (United Kingdom); Sky Calcio 1, Sky Supercalcio HD, Sky Sport 1 HD Italia (Italy)
Available online streaming: BT Sport Live Streaming (United Kingdom)
For listings in other countries, check out LiveSoccerTV.com.