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Game Time Thread: Juventus vs. Torino

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Welcome to Derby della Mole day, my friends. This, understandably, is a day that has become quite the exciting affair over the last handful of seasons. Games have been quite good, with the finishes — tending to go in Juventus’ favor, of course — being even better than the overall game itself. The rivalry is always going to be there, but even with the win-loss record being quite one-sided

Now we get to add the latest chapter to the all-Turin rivalry.

And hopefully it’s like, oh, the last 10 or 12 meetings between Turin’s two Serie A clubs.

Juventus facing Torino is quite a game to have sandwiched in between the Champions League semifinal matchup that the soon-to-be Serie A champions have on their schedule. It’s not a headline-grabbing and massive encounter like some of Juve’s other domestic rivalries, but it’s still a pretty entertaining encounter.

Now, Juve enter this game knowing that they’re close to another Scudetto and one of the two coveted spots in the Champions League final. These next two games, both being played at Juventus Stadium, could send the black-and-white side of Turin into an absolute frenzy — and for damn good reason.

I, for one, look forward to celebrating a win this evening. I, for one, look forward to celebrating (hopefully) another win over Monaco in Tuesday night’s second leg and advancement to the second Champions League final in the last three years.

We’ve been going one-game-at-a-time for so many weeks now that the light at the end of the tunnel is here both domestically and in Europe. Things are getting good for a variety of reasons. The main one is that Juventus has the chance to make some serious history.

And when you think about what this club has done over the last six years, that’s saying something. Not bad...not bad at all.

MATCH INFO

Location: Juventus Stadium, Turin, Italy

Kick-off time: 8:45 p.m. local time in Italy; 7:45 p.m. in the United Kingdom; 2:45 p.m. on the East Coast; 11:45 a.m. on the West Coast

STARTING LINEUPS

Juventus starting XI (4-2-3-1): Neto; Lichtsteiner, Bonucci, Benatia, Asamoah; Khedira, Rincon; Cuadrado, Dybala, Sturaro; Mandzukic

Juventus bench: Buffon, Audero, Dani Alves, Mattiello, Barzagli, Chiellini, Mandragora, Alex Sandro, Pjanic, Marchisio, Lemina, Higuain

Torino starting XI (4-2-3-1): Hart; Zappacosta, Rossettini, Moretti, Molinaro; Acquah, Baselli; Iago Falque, Ljajic, Boye; Belotti

Torino bench: Padelli, Cucchietti, Carlao, Castan, Barreca, Avelar, Benassi, Valdifiori, Lukic, Obi, Iturbe, Maxi Lopez

WATCH IT

TV: RAI International (United States); RAI International (Canada); BT Sport 3 (United Kingdom); Sky Sport 1 HD Italia, PremiumSport HD, Sky Calcio 1, Sky Supercalcio HD (Italy)

Online/Mobile: 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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