Serie A: Napoli comes face to face with Milan, league topper Inter hosts resurgentRoma

Published : Oct 27, 2023 12:36 IST , Italy - 3 MINS READ

FILE PHOTO: AC Milan will go to face Napoli in its next Serie A match.
FILE PHOTO: AC Milan will go to face Napoli in its next Serie A match. | Photo Credit: Reuters

FILE PHOTO: AC Milan will go to face Napoli in its next Serie A match. | Photo Credit: Reuters


This weekend’s Serie A fixtures pit the last two Scudetto winners against each other, as defending champion Napoli hosts AC Milan on Sunday.

Juventus dominated the league for almost a decade, winning nine consecutive Serie A titles, but a once all-too-predictable championship has now had three different winners in the last three seasons.

Inter Milan was the first to break Juve’s stronghold in 2021, followed by their rivals Milan, before Napoli finally won their third Scudetto last season, and first without Diego Maradona.

Now, those three sides, along with Juventus, are battling it out for this season’s league title, and the Diego Armando Maradona stadium will see Napoli attempt to stay in the title race against Milan.

Last weekend brought the four title contenders closer together, as Inter went top with 22 points after its win away to Torino, Juve’s win over Milan moved them to 20 points in third place, one point behind Milan and Napoli has 17 points.

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Napoli eased the pressure on manager Rudi Garcia with a 3-1 win away to Hellas Verona on Saturday, and despite their inconsistent start, it now finds themselves just four points behind Milan, and a win would put the defending champion right back in contention.

The team will need to improve its poor home record against Milan, which has won its last three league meetings in Naples, and also came away with a draw last season in the Champions League which put Napoli out in the quarter-finals.

Garcia will again be without Victor Osimhen, who has a hamstring injury, but Khvicha Kvaratskhelia’s return to form is good news, and the Georgian scored twice against Verona and also shone in Tuesday’s Champions League 1-0 win over Union Berlin.

Milan’s two league defeats so far have come against Inter and Juventus, and another loss to a fellow Scudetto challenger could severely damage their title chances. 

Mourinho missing

Inter look to maintain the top spot but in order to do so, it will need to beat a resurgent AS Roma, and former striker Romelu Lukaku, at the San Siro on Sunday.

Roma has now put together three consecutive league wins, but manager Jose Mourinho won’t be on the bench against his former club after his sending-off against Monza last weekend.

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Last season Mourinho also missed Roma’s game away to Inter through suspension, but the Portuguese manager dismissed accusations that his latest suspension was intentional.

“Many idiots have said things only an idiot can say. Even more idiotic is that some from the world of football say it,” Mourinho said. “I am the coach of Roma, I want to be with my team.”

Juventus could temporarily top the table on Saturday when it hosts Verona. Juve is unbeaten in its last four games, and with no European football to deal with, could have the edge over the other title contenders.

Verona which won its opening two games, has picked up just two points in the seven games since then.

Lazio has already lost four league games this season but has now won its last two, which took it to 10th in the standings, and on Monday will host high-flying Fiorentina.

Fiorentina lost the Tuscan derby at home to Empoli on Monday, missing the chance to draw level with Juventus, but is still level on points with fourth-placed Napoli.

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