Juventus will continue their bid to make it six Serie A titles in a row in 2016-17 when they host Sassuolo on Friday September 9.
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‘The Old Lady’ completed a Scudetto hat-trick under their former manager Antonio Conte and now his successor Massimiliano Allegri is chasing the same feat, having not only retained the domestic crown in his two seasons in charge but also captured the Coppa Italia both times too.
For the first half of last term, the eventual victory margin of nine points in Serie A over runners-up Napoli looked most unlikely because the Turin club started very slowly and won only one of their first six matches.
But from Halloween onwards they never looked back and started to frighten their title rivals, Juventus dropping points in only two more matches from that point to ultimately emerge easy winners once more.
That was despite significant changes to the playing staff and the new squad clearly took time to gel, but the signs are more promising this time around because Juventus have begun with six points out of six having been extremely active in the transfer market.
Stephan Lichtsteiner in action for Juventus (Getty Images)
They have splashed out £75million on Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain and also signed Miralem Pjanic, Marko Pjaca, Dani Alves and Mehdi Benatia (on loan), while Alvaro Morata was joined in leaving Turin by Paul Pogba for a world record fee to balance the books.
Napoli hope to go one better than last season and having begun life after the departure of their main source of goals, Higuain, with a 2-2 draw away to Pescara and a 4-2 home win over AC Milan, they now travel to Sicily to face Palermo.
Roma were pipped to the runner-up’s spot last season by Napoli and coach Luciano Spalletti has started the first full season of his second spell at the helm with a 4-0 thrashing of Udinese and a 2-2 draw away to Cagliari. Their next opponents are Sampdoria at home.
Inter Milan have started off by taking only one point from the first six available and will aim to get back on track away to Pescara, while Crotone’s search for their first ever Serie A points continues when they visit Empoli.
Serie A fixtures for September 10-12 (kick-off times BST):
Saturday September 10
17:00 Juventus v Sassuolo
19:45 Palermo v Napoli
Sunday September 11
11:30 Bologna v Cagliari
14:00 AC Milan v Udinese
14:00 Atalanta v Torino
14:00 Chievo v Lazio
14:00 Genoa v Fiorentina
14:00 Roma v Sampdoria
19:45 Pescara v Inter Milan
Monday September 12
19:45 Empoli v Crotone