Juventus will be playing Champions League football come the new year. We’ve known that for a good amount of time now after Juve beat Valencia a few days back. Their Round of 16 opponent will be drawn next week, which is obviously something that will be talked about plenty immediately afterward and then for the next two months before the first leg actually takes place in February.
But when it comes to where Juventus will finish in Group H, that’s still to be determined.
Atop the group and in front of Manchester United?
Frustratingly in second behind Manchester United?
This is what today is all about. On what will likely be a night where the temperature is below freezing in Bern, Switzerland, the top team in Group H, Juventus, will face the club that only has one point to its name through the first five group stage games, Young Boys. One club already has an incredibly convincing win over the other — and I’m pretty sure we can figure out who’s who in this situation knowing what we talked about in the previous sentence.
It’s simple, really.
Juventus wins, Juventus gets the top spot in Group H and the possible favorable draw next week that comes along with it.
Juventus drops points and things get interesting — which we don’t want to see happen.
There’s not much else to say other than that. This is the final Champions League game that has Juventus involved in it that we will be watching this calendar year. There will be more to come when the year is 2019 and the first few months of the new year arrive. Juventus can set themselves up for a nice little run through the knockout rounds by taking care of business tonight.
There you go.
Now go win against a club you should beat 10 times out of 10, dammit.
When: Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018
Where: Stade de Suisse, Bern, Switzerland
Official kickoff time: 9 p.m. local time and across Europe; 8 p.m. in the United Kingdom; 3 p.m. Eastern Time; 12 noon Pacific Time
Juventus starting XI (4-4-2/4-3-3): Szczesny; Cuadrado, Rugani, Bonucci, De Sciglio; Bernardeschi, Bentancur, Pjanic, Douglas Costa; Ronaldo, Mandzukic
Juventus bench: Perin, Chiellini, Dybala, Alex Sandro, Matuidi, Kean
Young Boys starting XI (4-3-3): Wolfli; Mbabu, Camara, Benito, Garcia; Sow, Lauper, Aebischer; Moumi Ngamaleu, Hoarau, Fassnacht
Young Boys bench: Von Ballmoos, Bertone, Assale, Nsame, Schick, Wuthrich, Seydoux
HOW TO WATCH
Television: Univision Deportes, Univision (United States); BT Sport ESPN (United Kingdom); Sky Sport Uno, Sky Calcio 2, RAI Uno (Italy)
Online/mobile: Univision NOW, Univision Deportes En Vivo, B/R Live (United States); DAZN (Canada); BT Sport Live (United Kingdom); SKY Go Italia, RAI Play (Italy)
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