Serie A Matchday 5: Struggling Juve out to end winless streak
After a dramatic weekend in Serie A, there is a full slate of midweek fixtures to enjoy.
Napoli will look to maintain their 100% record at Sampdoria, while Juventus head to Spezia in search of their first victory.
Fiorentina vs Inter Milan (Tuesday, 7.45pm)
Defending champions Inter Milan face a tough test at Fiorentina.
The Viola are on a run of three consecutive 2-1 victories but lost on both occasions when these sides met last season.
No team has scored more goals in Serie A than Inter this term, with six of their 15 strikes coming in the demolition of Bologna on Saturday.
Veteran forward Edin Dzeko has quickly found his feet for the Nerazzurri.
He already has three goals for the club and the Bosnian boasts three goals and three assists in his 12 career appearances against Fiorentina.
Tuesday’s other games
Bologna vs Genoa (5.30pm)
Atalanta vs Sassuolo (7.45pm)
Spezia vs Juventus (Wednesday, 5.30pm)
Juventus will be expected to bring their winless start to an end when they head to Liguria to take on Spezia.
The Old Lady are without a win in their first four league matches of a season for just the fourth time in their history — and the first since 1961-62.
They won their two meetings with Spezia last season by a 7-1 aggregate and boss Max Allegri will be keen to secure a similar outcome after enduring a turbulent return to the club he has enjoyed so much success with.
But the hosts will be on a high after picking up their first win of the season last weekend — Thiago Motta’s side running out 2-1 winners over Venezia.
AC Milan vs Venezia (Wednesday, 7.45pm)
Following a draw at Juventus last weekend, AC Milan will look to continue their unbeaten start to the season against Venezia.
A mean defence has seen Milan ship just two goals in their opening four games, while Croatian Ante Rebic can make it three consecutive matches on the scoresheet — a feat he last managed in February 2020.
This will be the first meeting between the two sides since February 2002, when Milan ran out comfortable 4-1 victors.
The visitors have only won one of their previous 10 matches against their hosts — a 1-0 victory in March 2000 under their previous guise of Venezia 1907.
Wednesday’s other games
Salernitana vs Hellas Verona (5.30pm)
Cagliari vs Empoli (7.45pm)
Sampdoria vs Napoli (Thursday, 5.30pm)
The only 100% record left in Serie A is put to the test as Napoli visit Sampdoria on Thursday evening.
The Neapolitans start Matchday 5 at top of the table for the first time since February 2018.
Senegalese centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly has played a vital role in that run and has been on the scoresheet in two consecutive matches for the first time in Italy.
Napoli also boast an impressive record against their hosts, having won nine of the last 10 meetings between the two sides.
Sampdoria midfielder Mikkel Damsgaard has so far failed to replicate his form at Euro 2020, with no goals or assists, but he has performed well when defending from the front, with his 1.68 possessions won in the attacking third per 90 minutes the 10th highest in the division.
Roma vs Udinese (Thursday, 7.45pm)
Jose Mourinho’s Roma face Udinese on the back of their first defeat of the season, a 3-2 reverse at Hellas Verona last Sunday.
Mourinho, 58, will be pleased to come up against a side he has a perfect record against, having won all four of his meetings against the Bianconeri.
And the good records do not end there, with Roma having won 14 of their last 16 games against Udinese.