Saturday 26 September
15:00: Torino v Atalanta
18:00: Cagliari v Lazio
18:00: Sampdoria v Benevento
20:45: Internazionale v Fiorentina
Sunday 27 September
12:30: Spezia v Sassuolo
15:00: Napoli v Genoa
15:00: Hellas Verona v Udinese
18:00: Crotone v Milan
20:45: Roma v Juventus
Monday 28 September
20:45: Bologna v Parma
London, UK | THE INDEPENDENT | The headline match from Italy’s top flight for this round is the Sunday night clash of Roma and Juventus at the Stadio Olimpico. The teams met in the last round of the previous season – early this month, no less – and the Giallorossi claimed a 3-1 win thanks to goals from Nikola Kalinic and Diego Perotti (two).
However, Paulo Fonseca’s side will be without inspirational youngster Nicolo Zaniolo, who suffered another major knee injury while on international duty.
Elsewhere, Internazionale will have their first match of the season when they host Fiorentina at the San Siro in the late kick-off on Saturday evening.
Serie A legend Andrei Shevchenko has warned that the Nerazzurri, under the guidance of a determined Antonio Conte, are looking capable of dethroning champions Juventus: “The title race will be more interesting. Conte is working well, the team are competitive, they have already challenged Juve and I expect a closer season. Because there’s also Lazio, there’s Napoli, there’s Atalanta, an incredible team. And then there is Milan, who have strengthened themselves.”
Lazio, Napoli and Milan will all be expected to win this round’s matches against Cagliari, Genoa and Crotone respectively, while last season’s great entertainers, Atalantawill open their campaign with a tricky clash away to Torino in the early game on Saturday afternoon.