AC Milan are the reigning champions after their incredible run to the title last season while Inter Milan and Juventus figure to also be in the race. Roma, under legendary manager Jose Mourinho, hope that their offseason additions will be enough to get them into the conversation as well. The promoted sides are Lecce, Cremonese and Monza, and they all aim to avoid the fate of Cagliari, Genoa and Venezia, who were all relegated last season.
Here’s what to know about this week’s action:
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A 0-0 draw at Fiorentina wasn’t overly impressive, but La Viola have gone three games without conceding … or scoring. As for Napoli, their high-powered attack could not find the breakthrough on the road but should bounce back against Lecce on Wednesday. Luciano Spalletti’s team still remain in first place in the league, having scored nine times in their first two games.
The Derby della Madonnina is something else. It’s one of the very best rivalries in all of world soccer, boosted by the fact that the two teams from Milan are back to winning again. They may not be at the legendary level of over a decade ago, but these are the games that can go a long way in deciding who wins the league. Inter won it two seasons ago, and Milan ended their drought by winning it last season. Milan have the early edge due to Lukaku’s absence, but expect plenty of fireworks and no shortage of emotion.
All times Eastern:
Tuesday, Aug. 30
Sassuolo vs. Milan 12:30 p.m.
Inter vs. Cremonese, 2:45 p.m.
Roma vs. Monza, 2:45 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 31
Empoli vs. Hellas Verona, 12:30 p.m.
Sampdoria vs. Lazio, 12:30 p.m.
Udinese vs. Fiorentina, 12:30 p.m.
Juventus vs. Spezia, 2:45 p.m.
Napoli vs. Lecce, 2:45 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 1
Atalanta vs. Torino, 2:45 p.m.
Bologna vs. Salernitana, 2:45 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 3
Fiorentina vs. Juventus, 9 a.m.
Milan vs. Inter, 12 p.m.
Lazio vs. Napoli, 2:45 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 4
Cremonese vs. Sassuolo, 6:30 a.m.
Spezia vs. Bologna, 9 a.m.
Hellas Verona vs. Sampdoria, 12 p.m.
Udinese vs. Roma, 2:45 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 5
Monza vs. Atalanta, 12:30 p.m.
Salernitana vs. Empoli, 12:30 p.m.
Torino vs. Lecce, 2:45 p.m. sources by