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Game Time Thread: Juventus vs. Roma

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One last hurrah for the 2019-20 season.

Wojciech Szczesny of Juventus FC looks on during the Serie A... Photo by Nicolò Campo/LightRocket via Getty Images

One more game to go.

Ninety more minutes to go.

One Scudetto celebration to go ... this season.

The 2019-20 season finale against Roma this evening will look a lot like the last eight season finales for the simple fact that Juventus will, again, lift a Scudetto when the game is actually over. That is hopefully the lede of the post-game thread yours truly will craft in a few hours and there’s not some kind of majority storyline that ruins the celebratory mood and derails any kind of happy thoughts that all of us had.

Also, we get to see new jerseys. Stripes, baby. STRIPES.

(I spy Matthijs de Ligt and Martina Rosucci. You could have done a lot worse with that tweet, Juventus. Good work. More of that, please.)

We will see how much squad rotation Maurizio Sarri will go through with knowing full well the only game that’s still on Juve’s schedule that truly matters is not the one that his team is going to be playing tonight. As much as Juventus-Roma might be a fixture that usually has something riding on it like it did in their other two meetings this season, this one is the complete opposite. Juventus has nothing to play for in Serie A. Same goes for Roma after they secured a European spot last week.

So, with nothing riding on this result for either team, maybe we’ll see some good football on top of the squad rotation?

That would be nice. After what we’ve seen from Juve lately, a change for the better is most certainly welcome. I think we deserve it after everything over the past few weeks.

MATCH INFO

When: Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020

Where: Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy

Official kickoff time: 8:45 p.m. local time in Italy and across Europe; 7:45 p.m. in the United Kingdom; 2:45 p.m. Eastern Time; 11:45 a.m. Pacific Time

STARTING LINEUPS

Juventus starting XI (4-3-3): Szczesny; Danilo, Rugani, Bonucci, Frabotta; Rabiot, Muratore, Matuidi; Zanimacchia, Higuain, Bernardeschi

Juventus bench: Buffon, Pinsoglio, Chiellini, Alex Sandro, Cuadrado, Demiral, Wesley, Ramsey, Bentancur, Peeters, Olivieri, Vrioni

Roma starting XI (3-4-2-1): Fuzato; Smalling, Ibanez, Fazio; Zappacosta, Villar, Veretout, Calafiori; Zaniolo, Perotti; Kalinic

HOW TO WATCH

Television: TLN (Canada); Premier Player 1 (United Kingdom); Sky Sport Uno (Italy)

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

Other live viewing options can be found here, and as always, you can also follow along with us live and all the stupid things we say on Twitter. If you haven’t already, join the community on Black & White & Read All Over, and join in the discussion below.