Serie A starts today, and now follows the preview of the 1st round which brings a lot of interesting duels.
Roma will host Udinese at the opening of the new season. Host is one of the candidates for the title, and will enter this match with the imperative of victory. For both teams the competitive season has already begun. Roma achieved a good result against Porto in the playoffs for the Champions League, while Udinese have already been eliminated from the Coppa Italia. Il Lupi celebrated in the last five games against black and white from Udine.
Juventus will start new Serie A campaign against Fiorentina. Last season, the Old Lady had a slow start of the season, but it did not stop him end up in the first place. Looking at the friendly matches Juventus played this offseason, on could said that they are in very good shape. Juventus has a much stronger team than Fiorentina, and beside that tradition is also on their side. The Old Lady celebrated against Fiorentina in the last three games in Serie A, while the Viola last recorded a victory against Juventus back in 2007.
Sinisa Mihajlovis wants to take revenge on Rosoerima who got him fired last season. He will have a chance for that on Sunday, when AC Milan welcomes his Torino. Diavolo have made a lot of changes this season. Silvio Berlusconi is no longer in charge at the San Siro, and Vincenzo Montela is new head coach. However, the roster is almost the same as last season, and it has the advantage for Sinisa Mihajlovic, because he brought most of the players who will be in the starting lineup. For nearly 10 years Torino has not managed to beat AC Milan, but three games of the last five between these two teams ended in a 1-1 draw.
Atalanta welcomes Lazio at the start of the new season. Lazio failed to win in Bergamo in the last three seasons. The home team wants to continue this tradition, but it will not be easy against a team that wants to be taken seriously. Atalanta has already played one competitive match and in the third round of the Coppa Italia, where they defeated Cremonese. Lazio played with a lot of oscillations this preseason and must be careful on the field on which they did not have much success lately.
Bologna will host Crotone, debutant in Serie A. Both teams want to survive in the elite, so this game is very important. Bologna and Crotone played in Serie B in the 2014/2015 season, and the then visiting team celebrated in both games. Due to the experience of playing in Serie A, Bologna is a slight favorite, but Crotone will give their best on his first match in Serie A in order to leave a good impression.
Chievo Verona failed to beat Inter on last four games in Serie A. Flying Donkeys will to try to win at the start of the season, but it will not be easy as team from Milan is big favorite. Inter did not shine this summer in friendly matches, so Frank de Boer has to start a new season with a win. Inter won four of the last five games as a guest against Chievo Veorna in Serie A and wants to continue in this rhythm.
Lately, matches between Empoli and Sampdoria did not bring a lot of goals. Since Empoli’s returnt to Serie A three matches were completed at 1-1 draw. All this indicates that we should have a low score draw on Sunday.
Genoa will face Cagliari, who returned to the Serie A. The home team is in a very good shape and wants to start the new season with victory. On the other side, Cagliari wants to ensure the survival of the elite, and it certainly will do their best to get a good result in Genoa.
Palermo had a very turbulent season last year. Frequent changes of coach, very poor results and fight for survival in Serie A are something that should not be repeated. Palermo has to enter strong in the new season, but it will not be easy against Sassuolo. Every season Sassuolo is getting better in Serie A, and they are slowly becoming one of the teams that can fight for place that leads to the European competitions. These two teams have played just four games, and last season Sassuolo is celebrated in Sicily.
After three seasons Pescara is back in Serie A and already at the start will face with one of the best teams in the league. The returnee to the elite will welcome Napoli. The team from the south of Italy is the absolute favorite in this match. Napoli lost Gonzalo Higuain this summer, but it did not seem to pose a problem, because they were very effective in friendly matches this summer.