Serie A brings the matches of the 2nd round this weekend, and the most interesting game will be derby match between Napoli and AC Milan.
Napoli did not start the new season in a good way. Draw with team that returned to the Serie A was certainly not in the plans of the team from the south of Italy. On Saturday Napoli will have difficult task, as AC Milan will come to San Paolo. Diavolo beat Torino in the first round and now wants to continue in that fashion. Napoli defeated Rosoneri three times in the last five games in Serie A, but it does not have to mean anything when these two teams are in question. The biggest threat to the goal of Napoli will be Carlos Bacca, who in the first round scored three goals and announced that it will have a great season.
Before the match Napoli – AC Milan, one very interesting game will took place. Lazio will host Juventus in the opening match of the 2nd round. Team from Rome have not scored goal against Juventus in the last four matches, and goal difference is 10-0 in favor of the best team at the Apennine peninsula. Lazio have not beat Juventus in more than 10 years, and in addition to playing against the ruling champion of Serie A, Simone Inzaghi’s boys will play against the tradition too.
Inter has disappointed their fans in the 1st round, but has a chance to improve the impression at the Giuseppe Meazza, where they will host Palermo on Sunday. Nerazzurri were very convincing against Palermo in the last two matches that were played in Milan and they are clear favorites in this game. Guests from Sicily suffered defeat at the start of the new season and it is certain that it will do everything in their power to avoid a new failure.
Cagliari returned to Serie A, but immediately suffered a major defeat in the match against Genoa. Things will not be easy for the team from Sardinia this week, as they host Roma. Il Lupi played very well in the first round of Serie A, but on Tuesday suffered a major setback. Team from Rome failed to qualify for the Champions League, and it is certain that they will channel their rage and frustration out on a returnee to the elite. Roma has won the last three meetings against Cagliari.
Crotone will play its first home game at the Serie A. The pressure on debutant is great and the players certainly want to leave a good impression. The opponent will be Genoa, who last week defeated Cagliari.
Fiorentina continued where it left off last season. Viola has experienced defeat at the start of the season, and is now expected to clash with Chievo Verona, who last week defeated Inter. Good news for the team from Florence is that in the last five games against Flying Donkeys they celebrated four times. Because of that there is hope they will record a win in front of their fans and make a step in the right direction.
Sampdoria has successfully launched a new campaign in Serie A. After winning the season-opener it expects duel with Atalanta. The team from Bergamo gave good resistance to Lazio, but he eventually suffered defeat. These two teams are very equal, and this is supported by the fact that in the last five games each team won twice, with one game finished in a draw.
Sassuolo is excellent at the start of the new season. They recorded victory against Palermo in the first round and then qualify for the group stage of the Europa League. This can mean that good things are coming for the team that slowly climbing in Serie A. Pescara should not present a difficult job, but that team should not be underestimated, since last week they managed to stay undefeated against Napoli.
Torino was very close to remain unbeaten at San Siro last week, but they were not lucky enough. Torino will host Bologna, a team they beat twice last season. The will most likely be without Adem Ljajic, who suffered injury against AC Milan last week.
Udinese is having a very bad start of the new season. After elimination from the Coppa Italia, they suffered a convincing defeat against Rome at the start of the season in Serie A. Now, in Udine comes Empoli, a team that Udinese failed to defeat last season. Empoli is not playing so great, but still imposes a challenge for black and white from Udine.