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Game Time Thread: Juventus vs. Inter Milan

Another day, another derby. But this is the big derby. The biggest derby.

Giorgio Chiellini of Juventus FC gestures during the Serie A... Photo by Nicolò Campo/LightRocket via Getty Images

Tonight, Juventus takes on Inter Milan in the first Derby d’Italia of the 2021-22 season. It is a match we look forward to every season, but it just so happens to be coming at a time where Juve’s on its best run of success since Max Allegri came back to guide the Bianconeri through this new era.

This will be another chance for Allegri to show just how much progress he has made since taking over this summer. His team has not lost a game in six weeks, dropping points just once over that time period. They have righted a lot of the wrongs of the first few weeks of the new season, most notably getting some consistent play defensively that has allowed them to rattle off four 1-0 wins in a row.

That doesn’t mean things are perfect because they’re obviously not. Juve’s in good form, they’ve done some winning these last few weeks, but they’re not untouchable by any means. And this kind of run needs to be the start of something rather than just a good couple of weeks.

For all the winning Juve’s done over the last handful of games, it’s not like all of those wins have come in commanding or even something close to impressive fashion. Juve’s definitely grinding out wins these days — as if the 1-0 scoreline after 1-0 scoreline has told you otherwise — but it’s also been part of the plan because this is how Allegri feels like is the best way to get results on a consistent basis.

So now with rumors that Mad Max might go to a back three for the visit to the San Siro, Juventus puts its unbeaten run on the line against its biggest rival. The San Siro is about to be rockin’ with capacity being expanded and the Old Lady coming to town to face the defending Italian champions.

What a Derby d’Italia day it could be.

MATCH INFO

When: Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021

Where: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan, 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 (4-4-2): Szczesny; Danilo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Cuadrado, McKennie, Locatelli, Bernardeschi; Kulusevski, Morata.

Juventus bench: Pinsoglio, Perin, De Sciglio, de Ligt, Pellegrini, Rugani, Arthur, Ramsey, Chiesa, Bentancur, Dybala, Kaio Jorge.

Inter Milan starting XI (3-5-2): Handanovic; Skriniar, De Vrij, Bastoni; Darmian, Barella, Brozovic, Calhanoglu, Perisic; Dzeko, Lautaro Martinez.

Inter Milan bench: Cordaz, Radu, Dumfries, Gagliardini, Sanchez, Vecino, Kolarov, Sensi, Ranocchia, Dimarco, D’Ambrosio, Satriano.

HOW TO WATCH

Television: CBS Sports Network (United States); CBS Sports Network (Canada); BT Sport 1 (united Kingdom).

Online/mobile: Paramount+ (United States); BTSport.com, BT Sport App (United Kingdom); DAZN (Italy).

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