Torino vs Pescara
K.O: 1st September, 17:00 (UK)
Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Torino
The promoted Pescara and Torino, will start week 2 with 0 points on the table. Toro’s Sergio Suciu is the only injury concern for either side, as both club’s look to kick start their top flight campaigns. Pescara began life in Serie A with a 3-0 defeat to Inter Milan, whilst Torino drew 0-0 with Siena (Torino were docked one point due to their involvement in calcioscommesse). The Turin side will confident of collecting all three points against Pescara, as they defeated Zemen’s much more impressive Pescara side in Serie B, in the Stadio Olimpico last season.
Torino: Gillet, Darmian, Glik, Ogbonna, Masiello, Brighi, Gazzi, Stevanovic, Bianchi, Cerci, Sgringa.
Pescara: Perin, Crescenzi, Cascione, Capuano, Romagnoli, Balzano, Nielsen, Weiss, Caprari, Jonathas.
K.O: 1st September 19:45 (UK)
Venue: Stadio Renato Dall’Ara
Last season, A.C Milan’s 2-2 draw with Bologna during the title run in, gave Juventus the upper hand in the title race; a 2-2 draw this time however, may be a decent result. Both sides suffered defeats during the first weekend; A.C Milan were beaten by newly promoted Sampdoria, whilst Bologna went down to Chievo Verona. During the Milan game a banner which read “31st August, we are waiting patiently”, the club were indeed very active in the final days of the mercato, bringing in Bojan Krkic from Roma, and Nigel De Jong from Man City. Bologna although they sold Gaston Ramirez, also had a very productive end to the mercato, bringing in Juventus midfielder Michele Pazienza and Genoa striker Alberto Gilardino. Milan will be without Ignazio Abate, Robinho, Alexandre Pato, Rodney Strasser, Didac Vila and Sulley Muntari for this fixture, and Bolgna will be without Diego Perez, Rene Khrin, Marti Riverola and Uros Radakovic.
Bologna: Agliardi, Carvalho, Antonsson, Cherubin, Motta, Pulzetti, Taider, Guarente, Morleo, Diamanti, Acquafresca
A.C Milan: Abbiati, De Sciglio, Bonera, Yepes, Antonini, Flamini, Montolivo, Nocerino, Boateng, Bojan, Pazzini
K.O: 2nd September 19:45 (UK)
Venue: Stadio San Paolo
Two of the most impressive sides in the Serie A so far, will meet this weekend in which promises to be a goal fest. Napoli hammered Palermo 3-0 last weekend whilst Fiorentina beat Udinese 2-1, and in both games two of calcio’s greatest strikers got off to a flyer. Edinson Cavani and Stevan Jovetic could be the key either sides victory this weekend, whoever performs better will likely be on the winning side, such is both player’s quality. Due to strong preseason’s and mercatos, Napoli and Fiorentina could mount serious title challenges this season; the weekend’s fixture may be an indication of who can challenge with the most conviction.
Napoli: De Sanctis, Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Britos, Maggio, Behrami, Inler, Hamsik, Zuniga, Insigne, Cavani
Fiorentina: Viviano, Roncaglia, Gonzalo Rodriguez, Hegazy, Cassani, Borja Valero, Pizarro, Aquilani, Pasqual, Jovetic, Ljajic
K.O: 2nd September 17:00 (UK)
Venue: Stadio Fruili
2011/12’s 1st and 3rd best Italian sides meet on Sunday, hoping to make a statement of intent. Juventus’ season began with a comfortable, yet somewhat uninspiring 2-0 victory at home to Parma. Conte’s side will need a scintillating this weekend to prove to the rest of Serie A, that they deserve the tag of title favourites. The Friulani have had a nightmare start to the 2012/13 campaign. Beaten by two late Jovetic goals in their first Serie A fixture, then knocked out of the Champions League on penalties by Braga. This weekend’s game will be a test of fitness and character for Udinese; if they are able to bounce back against the Scudetto holders, people will once again see them as Champions League challengers.
Udinese: Brkic, Heurtaux, Danilo, Coda, Basta, Faraoni, Willians, Pereyra, Pasquale, Maicosuel, Di Natale
Juventus: Buffon, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini, Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, Asamoah, Matri, Vucinic
K.O: 2nd September 19:45 (UK)
Venue: San Siro
The main event this weekend will see Inter Milan and A.S Roma battle it out in an early season grudge match. Inter Milan got off to a perfect start to the Serie A season; with a superb 3-0 victory over newly promoted Pescara Strama’s side proved that they are not a side to be taken lightly this season. Zemen’s side on the other hand, got off to an indifferent start. Two outstanding goals were scored but the two conceded on the break, showed Inter Milan that the Roma defence is very exploitable. A high scoring, high drama game can be expected here.
Inter Milan: Castellazzi, Zanetti, Silvestre, Ranocchia, Nagatomo, Guarin, Gargano, Cambiasso, Palacio, Sneijder, Milito
Roma: Stekelenburg, Piris, Burdisso, Castan, Balzaretti, De Rossi, Pjanic, Marquinho, Lamela, Destro, Lopez