JUVENTUS and Inter Milan face off in Italy's biggest derby at the Allianz Stadium – but nobody will be there to see it.
The match has been announced as behind closed doors with the entire Serie A season in an uncertain state due to coronavirus.
What time does Juventus vs Inter kick off?
This Serie A clash was set for last Sunday, but was postponed due to the coronavirus.
It will now take place today – despite an initial date of May 13 being mooted.
It kicks off at 7.45pm UK time – that is 8.45pm in Italy and 2.45pm ET.
In the reverse fixture between the two, Juventus came out on top, winning 2-1.
What TV channel is Juventus vs Inter on and can I live stream it?
Juventus vs Inter is shown live on Premier Sports 1, with coverage underway from 7.35pm.
Sky and Virgin Media customers can purchase the channel for £9.99, which also includes Premier Sports 2 and LaLigaTV.
Alternatively, you can live stream it via Premier Player – also £9.99.
In the US, viewers can watch on Rai Italia Nord America or via ESPN+.
What is the team news?
Juventus are already without Merih Demiral for the rest of the season, while Adrien Rabiot is also out.
Douglas Costa and Gonzalo Higuain – who scored the winner in the reverse fixture – are both doubts for the game.
Meanwhile, Inter Milan will be without midfielders Roberto Gagliardini and Stefano Sensi for the derby.
- Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in his last 11 matches and needs just one more to break Gabriel Batistuta's 25-year record
- Inter Milan are on a six-game winless streak against Juventus – their last win coming in 2016
- Despite being two places below Juve, Inter have a better scoring and defensive record in Serie A this season
What are the odds?
A Juventus win is priced at 23/20, while victory for Inter is 12/5 and the draw 11/5.
Cristiano Ronaldo is just 19/20 to score anytime and break Batistuta's record, while he is only 9/2 to score more than once.
Yet, Inter will be relying on Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez for goals – and should the pair score and gain all three points, punters could be in for a handsome sum at 8/1.
This is what the Juventus Stadium will look like throughout tonight's game.
In a bizarre story tonight, Juventus are believed to have made informal contact with the Maltese FA in an attempt to play their Champions League second leg with Lyon in Malta.
The match is currently scheduled to go ahead behind closed doors at the Allianz Stadium – as is tonight's game with Inter – and Juve will be keen to have a supportive crowd as they look to overturn a one-goal deficit.
However, the approach was ultimately rebuffed.
A Maltese FA statement said: “Informal contact was made… but in any case, the hypothesis of Italian fans coming to Malta is impossible and the directives from the Maltese health authorities must be respected.”
Juventus take on Inter Milan tonight in a hastily rearranged Serie A title showdown.
The coronavirus outbreak has hit Italian football harder than most and this match, originally set for last weekend, is part of an entire gameweek's fixtures shifted back seven days.
However, the doors of Allianz Stadium will be shut as authorities seek to contain the virus.
Inter president Steven Zhang stated in the week that such a measure was the “only viable option” and some Nerazzurri fans might hope to benefit from the lack of Juve supporters in the arena.
However, the Old Lady secured a huge victory in front of Inter's faithful at the Giuseppe Meazza earlier in the season.
That contributed to a lead atop Serie A that was ended by Lazio's victory at home to Bologna last week while Juventus sat out the action.
Even further back are Inter, who haven’t played in the league since a February 16 loss to Lazio.
Antonio Conte’s side know a win tonight, kick-off 7.45pm, is vital to their Scudetto dreams as the Italian top-flight finally kicks back into gear.
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