Juventus v Roma
This is almost certainly the headline fixture this weekend but many in Italy are not particularly excited about watching it.
These games are always worth watching for the spectacle but there are some ingredients in place for this to be a tight and low-scoring affair.
Much has been made about the quality of Roma’s attack after Paulo Dybala’s arrival and whilst they have created a multitude of chances, they have only scored twice.
They’re certainly taking up the right positions and applying pressure given they have an xG of 2.58 for the first two games, but clearly they need time to get on the same wavelength to start turning that pressure into high-scoring victories.
Juventus are not the team that are likely to let the Giallorossi attack suddenly click. They have not conceded a single goal, and neither have Roma.
It will be a deeply tactical affair between Massimiliano Allegri and Jose Mourinho and it would not be surprising at all if this match was settled by a single goal.
That being said, the fixture at the Stadio Olimpico last season ended 4-3 to Juventus so these games do not always go according to the form book as we know.
Another factor is that the front three for Roma of Tammy Abraham, Dybala, and Nicolo Zaniolo has been broken up because Zaniolo suffered a shoulder injury in the 1-0 win over Cremonese.
It should be tactically interesting, but unlikely be raining goals at the Allianz Stadium.
AC Milan v Bologna
It has been a mixed start to AC Milan’s title defence this season. They were impressive in patches during the 4-2 win over Udinese but could only manage a 1-1 draw away at Atalanta in a game where neither side was very impressive.
The Rossoneri are still trying to conduct transfer business which could be affecting their prep but once the likes of Charles De Ketelaere and Divock Origi are fit enough to make a serious impact from the bench and subsequently from the start, Stefano Pioli’s side will likely start to look much stronger.
This may be the sort of game where Pioli puts De Ketelaere in from the start or at least gives him a good 35 minutes. Bologna do not appear to be up to a great deal so far this season and they have not had a very good summer.
They will be without Riccardo Orsolini which damages their already limited attack and the atmosphere at San Siro will be fantastic.
For that reason, this one could end up being Milan’s first routine victory of the season and crucially, a first clean sheet.
There have been some suspect moments at the back already but they should not have too much trouble keeping Bologna out on Saturday night. At the other end, there are plenty of options to find the back of the net.
Fiorentina v Napoli
Napoli have started the season in incredible form and they have already found the back of the net nine times in two games.
Georgian winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia has hit the ground running and scored three times. His first in the 4-0 win over Monza was an early goal of the season contender and he will be the most confident man on the pitch against Fiorentina.
Luciano Spalletti’s signings have gelled incredibly fast and they still have Giovanni Simeone, Giacomo Raspadori and Tanguy Ndombele to come.
The Azzurri are looking confident and dangerous and they are coming up against a Fiorentina side that has got a lot of goals in it.
They scored three against Cremonese on the opening day but were then held to a 0-0 draw against Empoli. That will have angered Vincenzo Italiano because he knows he has some of the most talented forwards in the division at his disposal.
Being at home, they may feel that the way past this confident Napoli side is to fight fire with fire and the likes of Luka Jovic, Jonathan Ikone and Nicolas Gonzalez could be given license to try and fill their boots.
New Napoli defender Kim Min-Jae has been impressive so far but this will be his toughest test yet and La Viola may decide to target him.
It could be a highly-entertaining game with chances at both ends and hopefully plenty of goals.
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