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Game Time Thread: Juventus vs. Sassuolo

Home again. Ah, we’re home again.

Matthijs de Ligt of Juventus FC in action during the Serie A... Photo by Nicolò Campo/LightRocket via Getty Images

Here we are, with another midweek fixture to entertain us all. But rather than having to go to Russia and subsequently hear the Champions League anthem, this time Juve gets to stay right at home to take part in their next Serie A matchday.

And considering who it’s against on this day, it’s surprising there’s been no extra meetings to ensure that something does indeed take place.

Juventus hosts Sassuolo tonight as Juve finally gets a bit of a reprieve in the schedule after facing a whole lot of the top part of the table during the first nine rounds of the 2021-22 season. Sassuolo, while talented, has struggled this season with former manager Roberto Di Zerbi now in Ukraine with Shakhtar and somebody like Manuel Locatelli — the man of which 1,000 meetings revolved around — now wearing Bianconero.

This game, combined with facing Hellas Verona over the weekend, is a little bit of a soft spot in a schedule that has been pretty dang tough so far.

And hopefully, with Sassuolo entering the day in 13th place, it is the kind of game where Juventus can win with some kind of comfortability rather than having to grind out another win or, say, leave it until the dying minutes. (Because we all love it when Juve does that, right? It sure does wonders for the health of your heart.)

Juve has a nine-game unbeaten run in all competitions and can see it reach double digits with a positive result tonight. I feel safe in saying the only good result here will be getting all three points and — at least momentarily — go up into the top four after such a terrible start to the season.

Here we hope something good happens. Or maybe multiple good things. That sure would be nice.

MATCH INFO

When: Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021

Where: Allianz Stadum, Italy.

Official kickoff time: 6:30 p.m. local time in Italy and across Europe; 5:30 p.m. in the United Kingdom; 12:9 p.m. Eastern Time; 11:45 a.m. Pacific Time.

STARTING LINEUPS

Juventus starting XI (4-4-2): Perin; Danilo, de Ligt, Bonucci, De Sciglio; Chiesa, McKennie, Locatelli, Rabiot; Dybala, Morata.

Juventus bench: Szczesny, Pinsoglio, Chiellini, Cuadrado, Alex Sandro, Pellegrini, Rugani, Arthur, Ramsey, Bentancur, Kulusevski, Kaio Jorge.

Sassuolo starting XI (4-2-3-1): Consigli; Muldur, Kaan, Ferrari, Rogerio; Maxime Lopez, Frattesi; Berardi, Raspadori, Traore; Defrel.

HOW TO WATCH

Television: TLN (Canada); BT Sport 1 (united Kingdom).

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

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