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Serie A preview, matchday three

Three seems to be the number this weekend in Italy as three mouth-watering clashes headlines matchday three of the 2022-23 Serie A season.

Only three teams have recorded victories in their opening two games of the campaign and their perfect records will be on the line when they take on some of the land’s top teams as well this weekend.

Sitting at the top of the standings with a superior goals difference, Napoli have been outstanding this season.

Boosted by the arrival of Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, the Georgian has blended well with Victor Osimhen and Hirving Lozano in attack, leading Luciano Spalletti’s side to 5-2 and 4-0 victories against Hellas Verona and Monza respectively.

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Spalletti’s new look attack already has five goals and three assists between them this season.

Next up for them is a trip to Stadio Artemio Franchi to face Fiorentina on Sunday.

Despite not having a perfect record, Fiorentina are yet to lose a game this season but they are yet to keep a clean sheet in their last five games against Napoli and with this potent attack coming to town, that poor run is in danger of stretching, also with the fact Napoli will be looking for revenge after Fiorentina cost them points in the latter stage of last season’s title race.
Last time out: Serie A
10/04/2022 – Napoli 2:3 Fiorentina

Inter Milan is the second team with a perfect record this season.

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Following wins against Lecce and Spezia, Simone Inzaghi’s side are signalling their intent to the rest of the division to once again claim the Scudetto this season and next, they will make a trip to the Olimpico to face Lazio on Friday night.

Lazio, on the other hand, are yet to lose this season with their stalemate against Torino last week coming after their opening weekend victory against Bologna.

Maurizio Sarri will be expecting a much better performance following a less than impressive outing in Turin last time out.

Lazio and Inter have been even in their last seven games, recording three wins apiece and sharing the spoils once. This game also has also provided entertainment with a good number of goals scored as three or more goals have been recorded in four of their last five meetings.
Last time out: Serie A
09/01/2022 – Inter 2:1 Lazio

A big clash awaits the Allainz Stadium on Saturday evening as Massimiliano Allegri’s Juventus welcomes Jose Mourinho’s AS Roma.

Mourinho’s Roma are the third perfect team in Serie A and they sit third on the standings, but just behind them is Juventus – who will be looking to return to winning ways following Monday’s 0-0 draw at Sampdoria.

Meanwhile, Roma were victorious on Monday, with their 1-0 win against Cremonese ensuring they have opened the season with back-to-back triumphs, after their 1-0 win at Salernitana on the opening weekend of the season.

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However, a trip to Turin is always difficult.

Their visit to the record champions of the division will also see new signing Paulo Dybala return to face his former club, which he left on a free from, this summer.

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With the recent statistics not favouring them, Mourinho and his Roma charges will look to set the records straight and continue their perfect start when they face a Juve team whom they have not kept a clean sheet against in their last seven games.

Juve are also unbeaten against Roma in their last four contests, winning their last three.
Last time out: Serie A
09/01/2022 – Roma 3:4 Juventus

Reigning champions, AC Milan shared the spoils with Atalanta last weekend and both teams will look to return to winning ways when they face Bologna and Hellas Verona respectively.

Milan will be odds-on favourites on Saturday when they welcome Bologna to San Siro – a team they have not lost to in their last 13 games, scoring first in six of their last seven games.
Last time out: Serie A
04/04/2022 – Milan 0:0 Bologna

Meanwhile, Atalanta will be up for revenge against Verona when they lock horns on Saturday.

Gian Piero Gasperini’s side lost 2-1 in Bergamo the last time both sides met in April.

Monza and Udinese will get this round of action underway when they go toe-to-toe in Friday evening.

Both sides are without a win in their opening two games, with Udinese bottom of the log following successive losses.

Safe to say that both sides will be intent on getting maximum points for the first time this season when they clash for the first time also.

Torino will also look to extend their unbeaten start when they trade tackles against Cremonese for the first time at Stadio Giovanni Zini on Saturday evening.

Salernitana and Sampdoria have both been able to only record a point from their first two games of the campaign.

Both clubs will look to get three points for the first time this season when proceedings get underway at Stadio Arechi.
Last time out: Serie A
16/04/2022 – Sampdoria 1:2 Salernitana

Lecce and Empoli will also be on the hunt for their first three points of the season when they square off on Sunday even as Spezia entertain Sassuolo on Saturday.

Matchday three fixtures in full

Friday, August 26, 2022
Monza vs Udinese – 5:30pm
Lazio vs Inter – 7:45pm

Saturday, August 27, 2022
Juventus vs Roma – 5:30pm
Cremonese vs Torino – 5:30pm
Milan vs Bologna – 7:45pm
Spezia vs Sassuolo – 7:45pm

Sunday, August 28, 2022
Hellas Verona vs Atalanta – 5:30pm
Sampdoria vs Salernitana – 5:30pm
Fiorentina vs Napoli – 7:45pm
Lecce vs Empoli – 7:45pm
(All times in WAT)

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