The Derby della Mole kicks off Saturday in a game with huge implications for both teams—not always the case when these two meet.
Juventus is trying to forget the month of November.
They lost to both Internazionale and AC Milan. They drew against Lazio. Their only Serie A win was a 6-1 pounding of cellar dweller Pescara. Champions League wins against FC Nordsjælland (4-0) and Chelsea (3-0) were the major bright spots of the month, to be sure. But for a club that hadn't lost in 49 Serie A appearances, to lose twice in one month can't be sitting well with the club's faithful.
On the other side of town, Torino will almost certainly look to play spoiler for Juventus.
Their only good win this season was against Atalanta, whom they battered 5-1. Respectable draws against Napoli, Lazio, and Fiorentina show this side isn't intimidated when competing with clubs at the top of the table. A draw today against Juventus would surely be a victory of sorts for Torino and a borderline disaster for Juventus.
Adding to the Bianconeri faithful's anxiety is the news that the club fined striker Fabio Quagliarella this past Wednesday. Reports say he wasn't happy when he was subbed out during Juve's loss against Milan and had some harsh words for his manager.
Whether Juventus fans are fearful or not, the opportunity remains the same for Juventus: They have to reassert themselves in the chase for the Scudetto. Napoli sit right behind them in the table and face Pescara Sunday. Milan won Friday against Catania, and Inter face Palermo.
Pressure abounds, and though it is still early in the season, Juventus must rise to the occasion and take hope away from the rest of the pack.