Juventus vs. Fiorentina: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistMarch 13, 2014

Fiorentina's Joaquin celebrates after scoring during a Serie A soccer match between Fiorentina and Juventus at the Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence, Italy, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013. Fiorentina won 4-2. (AP Photo/Fabrizio Giovannozzi)
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Italian champions Juventus welcome fellow Serie A club Fiorentina in this all-Italian Europa League round of 16 clash.

Juve are arguably the favourites for the famous trophy after their shock exit from the Champions League, leading to their entry into Europe's second club competition. 

They once again sit proud at the top of their nation's domestic league, having accumulated a huge 14-point lead over second-place Roma, per BBC Sport.

Fiorentina are also having a good season and currently sit fourth in Serie A. The Champions League could well be beckoning them for 2014-15. However, they are some 27 points behind the Turin giants, showing the difference in class between the two teams. 

Here is the vital match information for this game and where you can watch it:


When: Thursday, March 13, at 8:05 p.m. GMT/ 4:05 p.m. ET

Where: Juventus Stadium, Turin, Italy

TV Info: Live on BT Sport 1/BT Sport 1 HD

Live Stream: BT Sport App


Key Storylines

Will Juve intimidate their opponents?

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When two teams from the same country meet in European competition, the usual rules of engagement cease to be relevant. Fiorentina will know Juventus intimately compared to teams from other countries and this could be a concern for the Turin giants.

However, the team in black and white have been so dominant in Serie A this season that the reverse might well be the reality. Juventus lead the Italian league by a landslide as they look to retain three consecutive championships in a row. 

Fiorentina are definitely one of the better teams in Italy this year, but they are miles behind their Europa League opponents. This gulf in class could be telling in this fixture, and Juve will be looking to put their Italian brothers to the sword in this first leg. 

However, Fiorentina do have one notable mark against their illustrious opponents. 

Juve's one crushing moment this season came away in Florence when they were defeated 4-2, aided by a Giuseppe Rossi hat-trick, coming back from 2-0 down after goals from Paul Pogba and Carlos Tevez, per Squawka.

Fiorentina managed to net four times in a 14-minute period in the game, so they have little to fear in this encounter. 

Indeed, the two teams met this past weekend at the Juventus Stadium with the hosts only able to edge the affair by a single goal, winning 1-0, per Squawka.

Fiorentina will fancy their chances of keeping things tight again and will chase an unlikely result away from home. 

The win for Juve saw many concede that the title is theirs. BeIN Sport's and Al Jazeera's Matteo Bonetti took to Twitter to proclaim his opinion:

With the Serie A seemingly sewn up, the Europa League will now likely become their priority, which is bad news for those who encounter them.


Team News

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For the Viola, both Nenad Tomovic and Borja Valero missed the match against Juve at the weekend due to suspension, per WhoScored.com.

Both are sure to return to the first-team for this tie. Rossi is still sidelined through injury. However, Mario Gomez is back fit to compete for a position to start with Alessandro Matri. 

The 28-year-old German marksman has two goals from his seven Serie A games, per Squawka, and will be looking to kick-start his season after injury.

Juve rested Leonardo Bonucci at the weekend, while Andrea Pirlo was also absent through suspension. Both seem more than likely to start this game. 

WhoScored.com posted their predicted line-up for the match using their statistical analysis:

Predicted Line-Ups
Predicted Line-UpsWhoScored.com

Juve's one big individual concern will be the possible absence of Tevez, as reported by Football ItaliaThe Argentina striker has been suffering with a knee injury and will undergo a late fitness test.

Tevez has been sensational since his move from Manchester City. He has scored 15 goals in 27 Serie A games this season, per Squawka, and has been the heartbeat of a Turin side who will bid to secure a lead to take into the second leg.