There is one thing that we can say about this little trip over to Udinese: A team that has black and white as its main colors will be getting points today.
We don’t know who it will be just yet.
We don’t know if it will be three points going one way or the other.
We don’t know if it will be one point going to both Juventus and Udinese.
We just know some points will be handed out to somebody considered to be bianconeros.
Juventus’ trip to the Dacia Arena to face Udinese is the final game before the October international break — the kind of two weeks away from the field that annoys the hell out of every single football fan around the stinkin’ globe. We know that international breaks are stupid, and we know that the game before the international break starts up is the kind of situation where you to see good football but know in the back of your head the whole time that no matter the result it’s the last on-field action you’ll see for the next 14 days.
But in a week where the term “eventful” is a pretty sizable understatement, there is a game to watch again. It’s not going to have the Champions League anthem accompanying it like players lining up at midfield before kickoff. It’s not going to be with 40,000 or so fans cheering Juventus on. Nah, but it’s a game, and maybe it can be a good piece of Juve news heading into the international break.
That would be nice, wouldn’t it?
And just in case you needed a reminder on how Juventus’ last visit to the Dacia went...
OK, so maybe the whole being tied at 2-2 and down a man isn’t exactly the right way to go about games against teams you should beat. But I think everybody around here will take choice of scoring six goals every single time Juventus take the field. Hell, maybe even half that total would suffice.
But hey, seeing as that was nearly a year to the day from this visit to Udine, maybe we can make it a regular thing, you know? (It was a pretty good birthday present last year, too.)
When: Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018
Where: Dacia Arena (aka Stadio Friuli), Udine, Italy
Official kickoff time: 6 p.m. local time in Italy and across Europe; 5 p.m. in the United Kingdom; 12 p.m. Eastern Time; 9 a.m. Pacific Time
Juventus starting XI (4-3-3): Szczesny; Cancelo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Bentancur, Pjanic, Matuidi; Dybala, Mandzukic, Cristiano Ronaldo
Juventus bench: Pinsoglio, Perin, De Sciglio, Benatia, Barzagli, Cuadrado, Kean, Emre Can, Bernardeschi
Udinese starting XI (4-1-4-1): Scuffet; Stryger-Larsen, Troost-Ekong, Nuytinck, Samir; Behrami; Fofana, Mandragora, Barak, De Paul; Lasagna
HOW TO WATCH
Television: RAI Italia America (United States); TLN, RAI Italia America (Canada); Eleven Sports 2 UK (United Kingdom); Sky Calcio 1, Sky Supercalcio HD (Italy)
Online/mobile: ESPN+ (United States); DAZN (Canada); SKY Go Italia (taly)
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