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Rare Midweek Serie A Action

Giuseppe-RossiThis is a unusual week in the Serie A calendar as we have a full round of matches.

League leaders Roma travel to Sampdoria on Wednesday aiming to maintain Rudi Garcia’s winning start as manager. But it will not be easy as Roma were unable to beat Sampdoria last season, and have only won once in their last seven meetings.

Co-leaders Napoli have a much easier game as they welcome Sassuolo to the San Paolo. Sassuolo were thrashed 7- at home by Inter at the weekend and Rafa Benitez’s side will be looking to significantly improve their goal difference.

The big of week is in Milan were two of the top four go head-to-head when Inter face Fiorentina at San Siro. Walter Mazzarri has revamped the Inter squad and Fiorentina should pose a much harder test than Sassuolo did on Sunday. However, without injured duo Josip Ilicic and Mario Gomez, Fiorentina could find it hard to add to their 10 goals against Inter’s miserly defence, which has only conceded once.

Defending champions Juventus travel to Chievo on Wednesday looking to maintain their impressive record against Giuseppe Sannino’s side. Juventus have only lost once in their 20 meetings and did the double over them last season.

Catania, fresh from their first point of the season against Parma, face Lazio, who will be keen to put their derby defeat behind them.

AC Milan meanwhile will travel to Bologna without Mario Balotelli who is serving a athree match ban for being sent off against Napoli at the weekend. Massimiliano Allegri’s side have made a stuttering start to the season with just one win so far, but they will be confident of getting their second against a side that they have not lost to since 2008.