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Game Time Thread: Juventus vs. Parma

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Hey, look! Actual football!

Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus Fc gestures during the Serie A... Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images

Oh, right.

There are still games going on, and still important games at that.

That’s hard to remember sometimes when there’s everything else going on that is being decided by dudes who will never step on the field outside of any future charity matches and some friendly games at random parks in their respective cities.

Juventus takes on Parma tonight with the backdrop of the club’s role in the now-imploded Super League still very fresh in everybody’s mind. Juventus, as a club, is still very much in a fight to try and make the Champions League next season because there is still a Champions League spot to fight for and not just punt on because the Super League is here to bail them out. The race for the top four in Italy is very much a wild ride these final seven rounds of action, and Juventus has even more of a target on their backs based on what has gone down the last three days ever since they lost to Atalanta in Bergamo.

This is your reminder that there is still plenty going on ON THE FIELD even though there is even more going on OFF the field.

Juventus is barely hanging on to fourth place right now. Their opponents tonight, Parma, are essentially relegated down to Serie B even though they’re still mathematically alive. Time is most definitely running out on a club that was such a feel-good story upon their return to Serie A, and the reaction to how last weekend’s seven-goal thriller against Cagliari ended pretty much summed up their current situation.

We will see how Juventus responds to their latest loss from over the weekend. We will see how Juventus responds to everything going on off the field that doesn’t involve any of the players that will step onto the field tonight.

If anything, tonight should be interesting for that simple reason.

And hopefully Andrea Agnelli is prepared to have his face on camera a couple more times than usually happens because he is very much a man who’s name is not very popular at the moment.

MATCH INFO

When: Wednesday, April 21, 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 LINEUPS

Juventus starting XI (4-4-2/3-5-2): Buffon; Danilo, de Ligt, Bonucci, Alex Sandro; Cuadrado, Arthur, Bentancur, McKennie; Ronaldo, Dybala

Juventus bench: Szczesny, Pinsoglio, Chiellini, Frabotta, Ramsey, Rabiot, Bernardeschi, Kulusevski, Morata, Felix Correia

Parma starting XI (4-3-3): Colombi; Laurini, Bani, Osorio, Pezzella; Grassi, Brugman, Kurtic; Man, Pellè, Gervinho

Parma bench: Sepe, Rinaldi, Karamoh, Cornelius, Sohm, Hernani, Mihaila, Dierckx, Brunetta, Traore, Camara, Busi

HOW TO WATCH

Television: RAI Italia North America (United States); RAI Italia North America (Canada); Premier Sports 1 (United Kingdom)

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

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