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Five Matches That Will Define Juventus’s Season

After a record-breaking seventh Scudetto in a row, Juventus are dominating Italian football like no side before.

The Bianconeri have won the Coppa Italia in each of the past four seasons too, so there’s no question that the neutrals want to see the Old Lady dethroned.

Juve aren’t resting on their laurels though, signing reigning Ballon d’Or Cristiano Ronaldo in one of the biggest transfers of the summer.

Here are five games which could prove crucial as the champions look to make it eight.

Chievo-Juventus – Week 1
While a trip to the Stadio Bentegodi shouldn’t be too daunting for the Bianconeri, it could be the stage for Cristiano Ronaldo’s first Serie A match.

The Portuguese superstar made it clear in his presentation that he hopes to be ready for the first league game of the season, so this could be his first real outing in a Juve shirt.

Milan vs Juventus – Week 12
This fixture was a fiery one last season, with Leonardo Bonucci swapping Bianconero for Rossonero over the summer.

Now it appears the centre-back could make the same journey in reverse, with both Milan general manager Leonardo and his Juventus counterpart Beppe Marotta confirming Leo wants to return.

Gonzalo Higuain could move the other way, and given his goalscoring record against Napoli, Juve will be all too aware of his propensity for punishing his former sides.

Juventus vs Inter – Week 15
It looks set to be a tough winter for the Old Lady, with a real pile-up of tough fixtures in December.

Juve travel to Fiorentina after their fifth Champions League group match, before taking on Inter in the Derby d’Italia.

That’s followed by the final group game in the Champions League, the Derby della Mole against Torino, and Roma’s visit to the Allianz Stadium.

If Champions League qualification is still in the balance, this could be where a window of opportunity opens up for the other Scudetto contenders.

Napoli vs Juventus – Week 26
Juventus are guaranteed a hostile reception in Florence, Milan and the Granata half of Turin, but the most febrile atmosphere is always at the Stadio San Paolo.

Last year’s Scudetto race was thrilling, but further inflamed tensions between the players and fans of both clubs.

Carlo Ancelotti would love to get one over on his former employers, in what looks likely to be a Scudetto showdown.

Roma vs Juventus – Week 36
In recent years, Juventus have tended to have the Scudetto under lock and key by the final weeks of the season.

Napoli pushed them hard last season, but this term Roma and Inter also look ready to put up a real Scudetto challenge.

The Bianconeri visit the Stadio Olimpico with just three games to play, and days after a potential Champions League semi-final second leg.