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Game Time Thread: Juventus vs. Genoa

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It’s time to see who the best side is in the latest edition of the Stefano Sturaro Derby really is.

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Even though they will be putting in their final few sprints and shots during warmups, Juventus players and coaches alike will certainly know what happened in Serie A’s other game of the day. That’s mainly because it involves Juve’s closest competition in the league, with Lazio playing Torino right as this post is going live.

There might not be much time in between the Lazio game ending and Juve’s game against Genoa at the Luigi Ferraris tonight, but there’s still plenty of time to relay the message and then see just how much that might impact the way the Italian champions play.

That means, there are three possible outcomes:

  1. Lazio wins, cuts Juve’s lead to one point.
  2. Lazio and Torino draw, cutting Juve’s lead to three points.
  3. Somehow, Torino beats Lazio and Juve have the chance to push its lead in Serie A back to seven points.

Basically, it will be the chance for Juventus to either take full advantage of the opportunity that they suddenly find themselves in. Or, if they stumble, it means Lazio will enter the month of July thinking full well that they have a legitimate chance of overtaking Juventus because there’s still a head-to-head showdown in a couple of weeks.

So, we will see if Juventus can win its third straight game to begin the Serie A restart. And we will see if Juventus can both score a few goals from open play and possibly play well before the opposing team gets a player sent off.

That sure would be nice.

But that’s something we’ll have to wait and see on.

For now, though, let’s just hope that Juventus doesn’t continue its recent struggles against Genoa at the Marassi. We know that this fixture has been a struggle in recent years under Max Allegri. Maybe it will be Maurizio Sarri who snaps the streak of struggles against Genoa in Genoa. Or maybe the Juventus anti-mojo in Genoa will continue to show its face.

MATCH INFO

When: Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Where: Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, Genoa, Italy

Official kickoff time: 9:45 p.m. local time in Italy and across Europe; 8:45 p.m. in the United Kingdom; 3:45 p.m. Eastern Time; 12:45 p.m. Pacific Time

STARTING LINEUPS

Juventus starting XI (4-3-3): Szczesny; Cuadrado, de Ligt, Bonucci, Danilo; Bentancur, Pjanic, Rabiot; Bernardeschi, Dybala, Ronaldo

Juventus bench: Buffon, Pinsoglio, Rugani, Wesley, Ramsey, Matuidi, Muratore, Douglas Costa, Higuain, Olivieri

Genoa starting XI (3-5-2): Perin; Romero, Soumaoro, Masiello; Ghiglione, Behrami, Cassata, Schone, Sturaro; Favilli, Pinamonti

HOW TO WATCH

Television: RAI Italia North America (United States); RAI Italia North America, TLN (Canada); Premier Sports 2 (United Kingdom); Sky Sport Uno, Sky Calcio 1, Sky Sport Serie A (Italy)

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

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