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Game Time Thread: Juventus vs. Genoa

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We can call this the Mattia Perin Homecoming Game if you want ...

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With 11 league fixtures remaining, we’re about to be officially on countdown watch when it comes to wins remaining for Juventus to officially clinch the club’s eighth consecutive Scudetto. Or maybe you already are. I can’t help that because people like to get ahead of themselves — and it’s not like Juve’s current lead in Serie A is preventing folks from doing so.

The way things are going, it is only a matter of time before the title is mathematically over and done with. Juventus enters Sunday’s slate of games with an 18-point lead, they play before Napoli once again this weekend and, with a win over Genoa this afternoon, will keep the Serie A lead at 18 points at the very least.

And any kind of slip up from Napoli means we’re going to officially have Juventus’ lead in Serie A in the 20s, folks.

Twenty points. Or maybe even 21 points.

That could be a thing come a few hours from now.

I can’t even. You can’t even.

Obviously with the comeback win over Atlético Madrid on Tuesday night, Juventus’ concentration going forward for the next month or so (at the very least) will be on the Champions League. There’s an international break coming as well after today’s games, but seeing a bunch of Juve players go out on national team duty isn’t that big of a deal at this point. But even with so much attention going to European competition — and rightfully so — Max Allegri isn’t the kind of guy to suddenly let his team slip off domestically.

That means, even if it’s not a full-strength squad that has made its way to Genoa this afternoon, the goal is still the same that it’s always been.

It’s three points and only three points.

Max wants three points. I want three points ... and Moise Kean to get a start for the second straight league fixture. And if Juventus gets another three points, their lead in Serie A is going to be 21 points for at least a couple of hours.

That’s just crazy to think about.

But it’s also a thing that is a genuine possibility knowing how much of a rut this afternoon’s opposition is currently in. So there’s that — and it’s completely hilarious.

MATCH INFO

When: Sunday, March 17, 2019

Where: Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genoa, Italy

Official kickoff time: 12:30 p.m. local time in Italy and across Europe; 11:30 a.m. in the United Kingdom; 7:30 a.m. Eastern Time; 4:30 a.m. Pacific Time

STARTING LINEUPS

Juventus starting XI (3-5-2): Perin; Caceres, Bonucci, Rugani; Cancelo, Emre Can, Pjanic, Bentancur, Alex Sandro; Dybala, Mandzukic

Juventus bench: Szczesny, Pinsoglio, Chiellini, Spinazzola, Matuidi, Nicolussi Caviglia, Kean, Bernardeschi, Moreno

Genoa starting XI (4-4-2): Radu; Pereira, Romero, Zukanovic, Criscito; Lazovic, Radovanovic, Rolon, Lerager; Sanabria, Kouame

HOW TO WATCH

Television: RAI Italia America (United States); TLN, RAI Italia America (Canada)

Online/mobile: ESPN+ (United States); DAZN (Canada); Premier Sports 1 (United Kingdom); DAZN (Italy)

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