Juventus vs. Inter Milan: Date, Live Stream and TV Info for Derby of Italy 2014

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Juventus vs. Inter Milan: Date, Live Stream and TV Info for Derby of Italy 2014
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The energy and direct running of Arturo Vidal is likely to undo the Inter Milan defence.

Table-topping Juventus welcome Inter Milan for a battle between two of Serie A's heavyweights.

The home side are in fine fettle at present, and despite not picking up maximum points in their last two games, two losses in the last 18 games in all competitions tells you of a team bang in form.

Inter have their work cut out to get anything at all from this one, according to WhoScored.com:

Only one win in their last eight and a failure to score in half of those needs to be addressed immediately, but manager Walter Mazzarri has pleaded for more time, according to Ben Lyttleton of Sports Illustrated:

"We need to focus on the players, not the ones that aren't here. I am working on new tactics with the players and this takes patience."

 

When: Sunday, February 2, at 2:45 p.m. ET/7:45 p.m. GMT

Where: Juventus Stadium, Turin, Italy

Watch: beIN Sports Play; BT Sport 1 and BT Sport app

 

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Inter need the win much more than their hosts.

Although only four places separate the Old Lady from Inter, the gap is a cavernous 23 points.

Carlos Tevez, Fernando Llorente and Arturo Vidal lead the way at Juve with 30 goals between them, in a team that has been free-scoring throughout the season.

The addition of loan signing Dani Osvaldo, per BBC Sport, gives them further options in an attacking sense.

The continuing emergence of Paul Pogba in midfield alongside the timeless and elegant Andrea Pirlo, and the machine that is Vidal, has enabled Juve to play a wonderful brand of fluid, bright and incisive football.

Inter will hope that the absences of Gigi Buffon (suspended) and Claudio Marchisio (technical decision) might give them a lifeline of sorts. 

It's certainly a match that the visitors dare not lose, and they have been working on their attacking in the lead-up to the game:

If other results go against them, they may well find themselves cosying up to their cross-town rivals in mid-table by close of play.

All is not well in Milan, and hasn't been since the takeover of the club by Erick Thohir late last year.

Ahead of this game, the Bianconeri have announced that they won't be dealing with the club again anytime soon concerning transfers. Bizarrely, Thohir wanted to swap his in-form player Fredy Guarin for Juve's out-of-favour Mirko Vucinic, but then pulled the plug at the last moment.

Beppe Marotta, Juventus' sporting director, was furious, per Lyttleton:

In 30 years in this business, I have never seen anything like it.

If we can't say there's a lack of reliability, you can certainly talk of a lack of seriousness. I won't deal with them again.

Mario Sconcerti also wrote in his column in Corriere della Sera (via Lyttleton):

There seems to be little communication between the club and the players and the proof is in the number of contracts that are running down.

There needs to be someone there who can represent the club totally. And the new management need to clarify their future plans with the players immediately.

 

Prediction

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Juventus have won their last 10 games at home and are simply powering through teams at present. Taking on all comers and swatting them away as they forge along their path to the Serie A title.

There are goals aplenty in the side with 51 scored in just 21 league games—in what is traditionally a very defensive league.

Inter need a win that could reignite their ambitions this season. Yes, it's that important.

Two late signings in this transfer windowHernanes (from Lazio) and Danilo D'Ambrosio (from Torino FC)will hopefully help them to get at least a point.

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