Fiorentina vs. Juventus: Where to Watch Serie A, TV Channel, Live Stream and Odds

Juventus looks for a third consecutive win when Serie A makes its return this weekend.

The eight-time defending champions needed a last-minute own goal from Kalidou Koulibaly to have the better of Napoli two weeks ago, after relinquishing a 3-0 lead.

On Saturday, the Bianconeri face another of their main rivals as they travel to Florence to take on Fiorentina. The game couldn't come at a worse time for La Viola, who has lost both of its opening games.

A 4-3 defeat at home to Napoli was followed by a 2-1 loss on the road to Genoa and coach Vincenzo Montella is already under pressure.

Fiorentina last beat Juventus in January 2017 and had to watch its rivals wrap up an eight consecutive league title with a 2-1 win at its expense in April.

If Fiorentina's current form is cause of concern for Montella, those worries will be exacerbated by the prospect of facing Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portuguese scored in the corresponding fixture last season and arrives into the game on the back of scoring four goals in Portugal's 5-1 win over Lithuania earlier this week.

Ronaldo will lead Juventus attack in Florence alongside Douglas Costa and Gonzalo Higuain. After underwhelming loan spells at AC Milan and Chelsea, the Argentine looked set to leave Juventus in the summer, but has instead been given another chance by Maurizio Sarri.

The Juventus coach, who makes his return to the sideline after missing the first two games because of a bout of pneumonia, has seen his faith repaid as Higuain scored against Napoli two weeks ago.

Meanwhile, Franck Ribery could make his debut for Fiorentina. The Frenchman arrived from Bayern Munich this summer and has come on as a substitute twice against Napoli and Genoa.

"Franck played the friendly against Perugia as if he was playing the Champions League final," Montella was quoted as saying by Italian daily Gazzetta dello Sport.

"He's different, as Ronaldo is different. We talk of stars who excel through sacrifice. They are wonderful examples for everyone."

Here's everything you need to know ahead of Saturday.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus
Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus reacts during the Serie A match between against SSC Napoli at Allianz Stadium on August 31 in Turin, Italy. Emilio Andreoli/Getty

When and where is the game?

Juventus are playing at the Artemio Franchi Stadium in Florence on Saturday, September 14, with kickoff scheduled for 3 p.m. local time (9 a.m. ET).

Juventus has won the last four meetings against Fiorentina and last tasted defeat in Florence in the 2016-17 season, when it lost 2-1 in Week 20.

TV coverage and live stream

The game will be broadcast live on ESPN+ and will also be available in Italian on RAI Italia via fuboTV.

Form

Juventus kicked off its quest for a ninth straight title with a 1-0 win away at Parma in the opening game of the season, before beating Napoli 4-3 at home thanks to a late own goal from Kalidou Koulibaly.

Fiorentina lost by the same scoreline against Napoli at home in the opening game of the season and then suffered a 2-1 defeat away at Genoa in Week 2.

Team news

Fiorentina will assess the fitness of defender Jacob Rasmussen and midfielder Marco Benassi before the game, while Juventus will be without Giorgio Chiellini, who has been ruled out for at least six months with an ACL injury.

Mattia De Sciglio is also out as are long-term absentees Marko Pjaca and Mattia Perin.

Odds

According to Oddschecker, Juventus is a 7/10 favorite, while the draw is at 71/25 and Fiorentina is a 41/10 underdog.

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