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Game Time Thread: Juventus vs. Roma

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Big game. Another big game.

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Everywhere you look on Juventus’ schedule during the month of February and there’s a big game. With the way the schedule is shaped these days as Juventus competes on three fronts, big games are essentially becoming the norm, and there’s no real slowing down until the next international break arrives in March.

But, as we know all too well, looking that far into the future these days is far from useful.

So, for the sake of our own sanity, the only focus should be on tonight’s game against Roma. OK, so maybe a little bit with how tonight’s game might impact tomorrow’s slate of fixtures. But, more importantly, Juventus’ showdown with Roma, a game that has Serie A’s third-place side visiting the team currently in fourth place, is the game that is the most important one on the schedule right now.

Juventus has the chance to leapfrog tonight’s opposition and go into another big game next weekend in third place. Plus, a win over Roma would keep the current streak without a loss since the defeat at the hands of Inter Milan on Jan. 17.

Maybe this game ends up being the latest win in what has been a nice rebound from arguably the worst showing of the season. It would be nice, and yet another sign that what Andrea Pirlo is doing is starting to really stick and that this team is truly a Scudetto contender despite all of the craziness of the first half of the season.

It won’t be easy, though. Despite all of Roma’s drama of late, they’re a solid squad that has talent. Or maybe their continued struggles against the biggest clubs in Italy this season will continue tonight. That would be nice, too.

Only one way to find out ...

MATCH INFO

When: Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021

Where: Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy

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

STARTING LINEUP

Juventus starting XI (3-5-2/4-4-2): Szczesny; Danilo, Bonucci, Chiellini; Chiesa, McKennie, Arthur, Rabiot, Alex Sandro; Morata, Ronaldo

Juventus bench: Buffon, Pinsoglio, de Ligt, Cuadrado, Demiral, Di Pardo, Dragusin, Frabotta, Bernardeschi, Kulusevski, Peeters

Roma starting XI (3-4-2-1): Pau Lopez; Mancini, Ibanez, Kumbulla; Karsdorp, Villar, Veretout, Spinazzola; Cristante, Mkhitaryan; Borja Mayoral

HOW TO WATCH

Television: RAI Italia North America (United States); RAI Italia North America, TLN (Canada); Premier Sports 1 (United Kingdom); Sky Sport Serie A, Sky Sport 251 (Italy)

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