This Wednesday and Thursday evening will see a full round of games from Serie A. Having started the season rather slowly under Rafael Benitez, champions Inter picked up maximum points from their previous two games, putting them immediately back in the leading pack coming into Week 4.
They welcome Bari to the San Siro who themselves have had an encouraging start to the season, beating Juventus on the opening day before racking up two successive draws. A point at the home of the champions will be well received by Head Coach Giampiero Ventura. Cesena will be looking to continue their fairy-tale start to life in Serie A, by adding to their seven point haul against Roma, Milan and Lecce, with another three at Catania, while the home team would like to build on their positive home victory over Parma and away point against Milan.
Fiorentina, with just a single point, travel to Genoa to take on an outfit who have only collected points away from the Stadio Luigi Ferraris thus far. The only side that remain pointless after three games, Udinese, travel to Bologna who have had an encouraging start. Another defeat will see a huge amount of pressure mounted on new Head Coach Francesco Guidolin even just four games into his Udinese career. The home team will be aiming to build upon good points picked up against Inter and Roma.
The Giallorossi will look to get their season back on track with an away win over Brescia at the Stadio Mario Rigamonti. Brescia themselves will be in high spirits following two recent league wins. Chievo have also collected two wins and will travel to take on a Napoli side who trail them by a single point. Cagliari and Sampdoria, and Lecce and Parma, are also separated by just one point face-off at the Stadio Sant’Elia and the Stadio Via del Mare respectively.
The game of the round for the traditionalists will be in Rome as Milan travel to the capital to take on Lazio. These are two of the longest serving clubs in the top flight of Italian football with 145 seasons in Serie A between them. Milan will be eager to get their season back on track after the shambles of recent results against Cesena and Catania, that have only undermined an excellent opening day win and performance against Lecce. Lazio on the other hand will enter the Stadio Olimpico with their tails up after two wins in a row.
As for positional rivalry, Palermo’s trip to Juventus on Thursday night will have bite. Both teams battled for fourth place last season, although ultimately both ended up with qualification for the Europa League instead. The Old Lady have had an erratic start to the new campaign and the islanders have only collected one point from nine, making it an early must-win game for both sides.