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Game Time Thread: Juventus vs. Cagliari

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Simone Padoin and a fan.
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For the first time this season, we have the luxury of watching some midweek Serie A football. It’s not the first time Juventus has had a game in the middle of the week, though. We don’t have to look back too far for an example of that. But the general hope, at least from those of us who root for Juventus, is that the second midweek game Juve plays doesn’t come close to resembling the first.

Round 5 in Serie A gives us a little midweek football for the first time in the league schedule this season. Midweek Champions League football didn’t go so well, but that’s that. This time, however, Juventus will be having a little reunion time with it’s latest chance to snap out of this short two-game funk.

If Sassuolo is considered Juventus B with some of the league best and most talented youngsters on its roster, then what is Cagliari? I’ll let you all come up with the best kind of answer as we watch the likes of Marco Storari, Marco Borriello, Mauricio Isla and the legendary Simone Padoin suit up against their former club at Juventus Stadium tonight.

So when we hear the curva cheer and sing for Storari — who’s actually done a bit of that in the past himself, by the way — when he steps in goal or see the first round of tributes to Lord Padoin himself, it will be a wave of memories flowing back into our respective minds.

But, the biggest theme of the day will be whether Max Allegri can get his Juventus squad playing some relatively productive football again. The last two games have been struggles — and even that might be putting things relatively kindly. Nobody wants to see Juve replicate how they played against Inter. Neither does Mad Max himself.

So here’s to hoping that Juventus can look like the Juventus of the first two games of the season, not the Juventus of the last two games they’ve played. I think it’s pretty safe to say which one I like better.

STARTING LINEUPS

Juventus XI (3-5-2): Gianluigi Buffon; Daniele Rugani, Andrea Barzagli, Giorgio Chiellini; Dani Alves, Mario Lemina, Hernanes, Miralem Pjanic, Alex Sandro; Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain

Juventus bench: Audero, Neto, Leonardo Bonucci, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Kwadwo Asamoah, Stefano Sturaro, Marko Pjaca, Mario Mandzukic

Cagliari XI (4-3-1-2): Marco Storari; Luca Bittante, Luca Ceppitelli, Bruno Alves, Nicola Murru; Nicolo Barella, Davide Di Gennaro, Simone Padoin; João Pedro; Marco Borriello, Marco Sau

WATCH IT

TV: beIN SPORTS USA, RAI International (United States); beIN Sports Canada, RAI International (Canada); BT Sport 2 (United Kingdom); Sky Calcio 1, Sky Supercalcio HD, Sky Sport 1 HD Italia (Italy)

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