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Game Time Thread: Juventus vs. Torino

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It’s derby day in Turin, and little brother has made its way over to the black and white side of town.

Benevento Calcio v Juventus - Serie A Photo by Matteo Ciambelli/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

The 151st Derby della Mole looks a lot like the 150th edition that was played over the summer. It’s not necessarily the history making kind of afternoon with fancy patches on the sleeves of the Juventus jerseys like we saw in July, but it’s still the meeting of the Bianconero and Granata sides of Turin — both of which aren’t exactly in any kind of great form.

Torino enters the weekend sitting in 18th place, a spot where no club wants to be no matter what time of the season it is. We’ve seen a lot of those kinds of clubs on the schedule in recent weeks and the first couple of months of the 2020-21 season. And we’ve also seen Juventus struggle against those types of teams over the course of these first two months of the season.

At least this one is at home, right? (Although, since this is the Derby della Mole and there aren’t any fans in the stands right now, would the trip to the Stadio Olimpico really be a tough away game like it was last season? Ponder that one!)

The first Derby della Mole of the season is here. Torino, currently in the midst of a stretch where they’ve won all of one game in their last six and tumbled down the standings, have made the trip across town to Allianz Stadium to face Juventus. And it’s the same kind of situation that we sat in last weekend where we saw Juve win their midweek Champions League game and then hoped that they can carry the victorious theme into the domestic schedule. That didn’t happen, and the search for consistency continued.

So, here we are ... after a win in the Champions League again ... hoping that Juventus doesn’t go out and fumble away the chance to claim three points and potentially move up the Serie A table. A little bit of consistency would be nice, wouldn’t it? That’s not too much to ask of this team, right?

So, we wait. And hopefully this Derby della Mole has the same kind of result as the last one — both in terms of the score and how Juventus actually plays. That would be fun ... and a pretty nice way to go into a big game like what’s coming up in a few days against Barcelona in Spain.

MATCH INFO

When: Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020

Where: Allianz Stadium, Turin, 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

STARTING LINEUPS

Juventus starting XI (4-4-2/3-4-1-2): Szczesny; Cuadrado, de Ligt, Bonucci, Danilo; Kulusevski, Bentancur, Rabiot, Chiesa; Dybala, Ronaldo

Juventus bench: Pinsoglio, Israel, Alex Sandro, Dragusin, Frabotta, Arthur, Ramsey, McKennie, Bernardeschi, Portanova, Da Graca

Torino starting XI (3-5-2): Sirigu; Lyanco, Nkoulou, Rodriguez; Singo, Meité, Rincon, Linetty, Ansaldi; Zaza, Belotti

HOW TO WATCH

Television: TLN (Canada); Premier Sports 1 (United Kingdom); Sky Sport 251, Sky Sport Serie A (Italy)

Online/mobile: ESPN+ (United States); DAZN (Canada); Premier Player HD (United Kingdom); SKY Go Italia (Italy)

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