Dolce Serie A you are back. A season that could bring the most thrilling Scudetto duel of last decade. Last one finished full of goals, this week starts choosing football quality.
Juventus vs. Sampdoria
Sunday, September 20, 2020 – 02:45 PM EDT at Juventus Stadium
Serie A begins where it ended, Juventus showing the way. The nine-times champions in a row kick off their journey in a way that will be very weird. First game overall trained by Andrea Pirlo in his career, not even anything ever managed with the academy.
But when you have a squad as Juventus do, and Cristiano Ronaldo, your starting pack then is quite a deluxe. True, Juve still needs some significant reshaping and they are waiting for Edin Dzeko to become official after releasing Gonzalo Higuaín, but for now, there is plenty to count on.
The transfer window for Sampdoria has been largely disappointing, nobody significant in yet, and a couple of starting XI players released. Anyway, Claudio Ranieri will put up a decent defensive performance as usual but would have been better for the blucerchiati to play Juve when other competition fixtures would get in the way, not now when the bianconeri have full confidence and relax to start in the best way.
Free Soccer Pick: Juventus -1.5 at -130 (1.77)
Parma vs. Napoli
Sunday, September 20, 2020 - 06:30 AM EDT at Stadio Tardini
Napoli is perfectly glued around their skipper: Gennaro Gattuso took out the best of them post-lockdown, and it’s restarting with solid ambitions to grab back the Champions League spot. The squad has lost Allan, will release Arkadiusz Milik, and could lose Kalidou Koulibaly if the right bid comes, but has added up the striker wonderkid forward Victor Osimhen from Lille for $72 million, and one of best center back from last season, Amir Rrahmani from Verona.
Basically the outcome of Napoli season is revolving around how consistent will be his impact. On the other side Parma has dismantled the great machine they were: sports director has left, manager too, Dejan Kulusevski went back from loan, Gervinho didn’t get a contract extension, and literally, while you read a new takeover from a new American owner is happening.
Too many things to settle down properly at the beginning, Napoli got enough to win on a ground where last year every Serie A struggled, and odds are pretty clear showing this.
Sassuolo vs. Cagliari
Sunday, September 20, 2020 - 12:00 PM EDT at Mapei Stadium
Sassuolo was and probably still is the most intriguing thing in Serie A. Manager Roberto De Zerbi was scouted by both Pep Guardiola and Barcelona, and when last year finally fixed the weaknesses at the back, the team went very close to enter Europe again, taking the scalps of practically every big team in Serie A.
What is new is that for the first time this season the club hasn’t sold any of their gems, so actually the future is very promising. Cagliari have underperformed at the end of last season, after being 4th by mid of the year. Now they have lost Radja Nainggolan and Luca Pellegrini and had not signed anybody already established.
Also, their new manager Eusebio Di Francesco is actually the last guy who had been able to bring Sassuolo in the Europa League, with a playing style perfectly specular to De Zerbi’s just with not the same quality of players. When the season finished, Sassuolo looked like the kid who could still run over and over for continuing playing. The fire could still be intact.