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Game Time Thread: Juventus vs. Sassuolo

Maybe, just maybe, Juventus will win this game. Maybe.

Alex Sandro of Juventus FC kicks the ball during the Serie A... Photo by Nicolò Campo/LightRocket via Getty Images

The last couple of times out haven’t been all too kind for Juventus. Or, to be even more specific, ever since Juventus went up 2-0 on Milan, things haven’t gone all that well. Sure, you can say that Juve getting a draw agains the hottest team going in the country these days isn’t a bad thing, but at the same time it was that Atalanta squad that made Maurizio Sarri’s squad look rather bleh.

So, what’s Juventus’ next move?

Oh, hopefully it’s something good.

Hopefully it’s something that will at least leave us not wanting to bash our heads against the wall for much of the next couple of hours.

Juventus has hopped aboard a train and made the way over to Sassuolo, where another one of Serie A’s most in-form sides awaits the eight-time defending Italian champions. In other years, the trip to Sassuolo hasn’t always been a pleasant one. In some years, there’s pouring down rain and Juve play well — or not very well at all — and it is sometimes the turning point in that current season. On this day, the heat will be there and hopefully Good Juventus will be there, too.

That would be nice, wouldn’t it?

I sure do miss those days all of two weeks ago when Juventus’ attack was clicking and they went on to crush a couple of teams that they should have crushed. I don’t miss last week when Juve struggled to do much of anything right after that aforementioned 2-0 lead against Milan at the San Siro.

So maybe Juve will actually do something right this time around.

Or maybe they can do something right before a whole lot goes wrong.

That would be cool. I am in full support of that. Hopefully you are, too — which, you know, would be a nice little thing to happen around here after all the grumpy days of the last week.


When: Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Where: Mapei Stadium, Sassuolo, 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


Juventus starting XI (4-3-3): Szczesny; Danilo, de Ligt, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Bentancur, Pjanic, Matuidi; Bernardeschi, Higuain, Ronaldo

Juventus bench: Buffon, Pinsoglio, Bonucci, Rugani, Demiral, Ramsey, Rabiot, Muratore, Dybala, Douglas Costa, Olivieri

Sassuolo starting XI (4-2-3-1): Consigli; Muldur, Chiriches, Peluso, Kyriakopoulos; Magnanelli, Locatelli; Berardi, Djuricic, Boga; Caputo


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