In just a short amount of time, Juventus’ schedule is going to get busy as hell. We will shift from the mode we’re currently in now to seeing Juve take the field every three or four days, with the Coppa Italia and the Champions League knockout rounds mixed in to what will be, according to those in the know, another stroll to a Serie A title.
Juventus may have already played two games in the month of January, but this is the true start to the second half of the 2018-19 season.
So in comes Chievo to Allianz Stadium in the ultimate top-of-the-table against bottom-of-the-table matchup. Juventus have dropped just all of four points all season long; Chievo have fired a pair of managers in the first four months of the season and are searching for any kind of consistency to try and get out of the Serie A cellar.
Every sign points toward a Juventus win.
I would much appreciate a Juventus win.
I would think everybody here would appreciate a Juventus win.
And, even though I’m not a betting man, anything less than a Juventus win — and a couple of goals to go with it — against the last-place team in the league will result in Max Allegri doing some screaming in the locker room and during post-match interviews.
Anything close to a replication from the first time Juventus played Chievo will certainly not sit well with a lot of us here. And I think, knowing that there will be some squad rotation going on, that those squad players will be anxious to make sure that no sort of late-game rally will be even put into play.
That’s the hope.
Now it’s all about the execution.
When: Monday, Jan. 21, 2019
Where: Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy
Official kickoff time: 8:30 p.m. local time in Italy and around Europe; 7:30 p.m. in the United Kingdom; 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time; 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time
Juventus starting XI (4-4-2/4-2-3-1): Perin; De Sciglio, Rugani, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Bernardeschi, Emre Can, Matuidi, Douglas Costa; Dybala, Cristiano Ronaldo
Juventus bench: Szczesny, Pinsoglio, Bonucci, Cancelo, Spinazzola, Khedira, Bentancur, Kean
Chievo starting XI (3-5-2): Sorrentino; Bani, Rossettini, Tomovic; Depaoli, Giaccherini, Radovanovic, Hetemaj, Kiyine, Meggiorini, Pellissier
Chievo bench: Semper, Caprile, Tanasijevic, Rigoni, Stepinski, Leris, Cesar, Djordjevic, Burruchaga, Grubac, Jaroszynski, Vignato
HOW TO WATCH
Television: TLN (Canada); Sky Sport Serie A, Sky Supercalcio HD, Sky Calcio 1 (Italy)
Online/mobile: ESPN+ (United States); DAZN (Canada); Eleven Sports 1 UK (United Kingdom); Sky Go Italia (Italy)
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