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Game Time Thread: Juventus vs. Sassuolo

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Juventus can go up to first place once again today. The only thing to do is to get there, right?

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For the remainder of the season, whichever month we are currently in will probably be deemed as The Most Important Month of the Season. Seeing as we’re now in February and Juventus will be playing games on all three fronts over the next three weeks, we can officially dub the second month of the 2018 calendar year as the The Most Important Month of the Season.

They started February off in the right kind of fashion in Bergamo.

Now, we get to not only face a Sassuolo club that has seemingly struggled from the onset of the 2017-18 season, but also get to return home to Allianz Stadium for the first time in what seems like forever.

(It’s technically been two weeks, but just go with me on this one here, folks.)

Juventus vs. Sassuolo is basically the same kind of theme as we’ve had in the previous two Serie A games since the winter break came to an end. Juventus have had the chance to do one of two things while playing a club that is definitely considered one of the provincial sides in the league — either keep pace with Napoli or, at least on a temporary basis, move into first place. The second of those two options is true today with Napoli playing Benevento in the Sunday night Serie A fixture.

So, if Juve win, it’s back up to first place just like what happened last weekend when they beat Chievo in Verona.

The obvious determining factor as to whether Juventus will remain in first place beyond just a couple of hours today is out of their hands. But the first part of the equation is an obvious one for Max Allegri and his beat up yet still pretty talented Juventus squad to take care of.

That’s to win.

And that’s to hopefully win by a little more than just a 1-0 scoreline or just squeak by.

Seems pretty simple, right? Well, it’s always simple on paper. For Juventus to go out and do so is always another matter. But if they want to, say, score a few goals and look good doing so while also keeping a clean sheet, that sounds pretty good to me.

MATCH INFO

Location: Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy

Kickoff time: 3 p.m. local time in Italy; 2 p.m. in the United Kingdom; 9 a.m. on the East Coast; 6 a.m. on the West Coast

STARTING LINEUPS

Juventus starting XI (4-3-3): Buffon; De Sciglio, Barzagli Rugani, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Khedira, Pjanic, Matuidi; Bernardeschi, Higuain, Mandzukic

Juventus bench: Pinsoglio, Szczesny, Benatia, Lichtsteiner, Asamoah, Marchisio, Sturaro, Bentancur, Del Sole

Sassuolo starting XI (4-3-3): Consigli; Lirola, Lemos, Acerbi, Peluso; Missiroli, Magnanelli, Duncan; Berardi, Babacar, Politano

Sassuolo bench: Marson, Pegolo, Mazzitelli, Biondini, Matri, Sensi, Pierini, Frattesi, Rogerio, Cassata, Ragusa, Adjapong

WATCH IT

TV: Rai Italia America (United States); Rai Italia America (Canada); BT Sport 3 (United Kingdom); Sky Sport 1 HD Italia, Sky Calcio 1, PremiumSport 2 HD (Italy)

Online/Mobile: fuboTV, beIN SPORTS CONNECT U.S.A. (United States); beIN SPORTS CONNECT Canada, DAZN Canada (Canada); BT Sport Live (United Kingdom); SKY Go Italia, Premium Play (Italy)

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