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Coppa Italia Game Time Thread: Juventus vs. Inter Milan

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Big game. Very big game.

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Juventus are 90 minutes away from the Coppa Italia final. They hold a 2-1 lead over arch-rival Inter Milan, and tonight they have the luxury of playing at home with those two vital away goals in their back pocket.

Sounds good, right?

We’ll see after those 90 minutes. (And hopefully it only goes 90 minutes.)

Juventus and Inter Milan will meet tonight for the third time in the last month. The first time didn’t go well at all. The second time a little better, with the aforementioned 2-1 coming in fashion where Juve did quite a decent amount of hanging onto their lead than we would have liked. Now, the third match between the two clubs in less than a month and the second leg of the Coppa Italia semifinals, sees Juventus trying to dispatch of Inter once more.

No, Juve don’t necessarily need a win to advance to the Coppa Italia final.

A draw will do just fine.

Hell, so will a 1-0 loss.

But the likelihood of the aggregate scoreline remaining at 2-1 after 90 minutes doesn’t seem all that great. Juventus will need goals just as Inter needs goals. Obviously not to the same extent, but Juve getting a goal or two will drastically change the look of this tie just as Inter is trying to flip the aggregate scoreline in their favor.

You look at the circumstances surrounding this game and there almost certainly promises to be some kind of fireworks going on. And no, I’m not talking about the same kind of fireworks that we’ve heard outside San Siro the last couple of times Juventus has played in Milan. Inter has come to Turin in need of goals. If they can actually get them will determine just how many more minutes Juventus will play in the Coppa Italia beyond tonight.

MATCH INFO

When: Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021

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 LINEUP

Juventus starting XI (3-5-2/4-4-2): Buffon; Danilo, Demiral, de Ligt, Alex Sandro; Cuadrado, Bentancur, Rabiot, Bernardeschi; Ronaldo, Kulusevski

Juventus bench: Szczesny, Pinsoglio, Chiellini, Morata, McKennie, Bonucci, Chiesa, Di Pardo, Dragusin, Frabotta, Peeters

Inter Milan starting XI (3-5-2): Handanovic; Skriniar, de Vrij, Bastoni; Hakimi, Barella, Brozovic, Eriksen, Darmian; Lukaku, Lautaro

Inter Milan bench: Padelli, Radu, Gagliardini, Vecino, Kolarov, Sensi, Ranocchia, Perisic, Young, D’Ambrosio, Pinamonti

HOW TO WATCH

Television: RAI Italia North America (United States); RAI Italia North America (Canada); BT Sport 2 (United Kingdom); RAI Uno (Italy)

Online/mobile: ESPN+ (United States); DAZN (Canada); BTSport.com, BT Sport app (United Kingdom); RAI Play (Italy)

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