Andrea Pirlo kickstarts his Juventus reign with opener against Sampdoria while Antonio Conte’s Inter travel to Filippo Inzaghi’s newly-promoted Benevento as Serie A reveal fixtures for 2020-21 season
- Serie A revealed the fixtures for the 2020-21 season on Wednesday morning
- Andrea Pirlo’s first league match in charge of Juventus is home to Sampdoria
- Title-challengers Inter Milan begin their bid at newly-promoted Benevento
- Lazio-Atalanta is the stand-out tie from the opening round of Serie A matches
Andrea Pirlo’s first league match in charge of Juventus will be at home to Sampdoria as he looks to guide the club to a record 10th successive Serie A title.
Having announced on Tuesday that the season will commence on September 19, Serie A revealed every round of fixtures for 2020-21 just 24 hours later.
Juventus start at home to Sampdoria before a daunting trip to the Stadio Olimpico to take on Roma. For Inter Milan, who look set to be Juventus’ toughest challenger for the title, they begin their bid away to newly-promoted Benevento.
Andrea Pirlo’s first Serie A match in charge of Juventus will come against Sampdoria in Turin
Antonio Conte is on his last roll of the dice as he looks to stop Juventus making it 10 in a row
Juventus start at home with Lazio-Atalanta the standout match of the opening round of games
The release sparked lots of interest in when Pirlo and Conte will go head to head but fans will have to remain patient with the first meeting not until January 2021.
Lazio, who at the time of the stoppage for the coronavirus pandemic found themselves a point adrift of Juventus, will look to make amends for their poor end to last season with their opener against Atalanta.
That could likely be pushed back due to Atalanta’s involvement in the Champions League knockout rounds last month.
Filippo Inzaghi guided Benevento to promotion and they will look to spring a surprise on Inter
Complete list of Serie A fixtures for the 2020-21 season were released on Wednesday morning
OPENING ROUND OF SERIE A MATCHES
Benevento vs Inter
Fiorentina vs Torino
Genoa vs Crotone
Juventus vs Sampdoria
Lazio vs Atalanta
AC Milan vs Bologna
Parma vs Napoli
Sassuolo vs Cagliari
Udinese vs Spezia
Hellas Verona vs Roma
Inter finished a point behind Juventus last season and know they only have themselves to blame having been beaten in both matches they played against Maurizio Sarri’s side.
Juventus fell to seven league defeats under Sarri last season and those match-ups jump out for fans wary of Pirlo suffering a similar collapse in his first season in charge.
Away form was the key area of concern, losing six of the seven games on the road against Lazio, Napoli, Hellas Verona, AC Milan, Udinese and Cagliari.
Juventus travel to face Lazio in November before going to Naples and Verona in February as they look for a much more polished record in chasing Decimo.
Meanwhile, Zlatan Ibrahimovic will have his eyes locked on AC Milan’s season opener against Bologna, managed by his close friend Sinisa Mihajlovic, having secured his future for another season.
The outspoken Swede insisted he ‘is not a mascot’ at 38 years old and is determined to bring success back to the club, having helped them to a sixth-placed finish in 2019-20.
One that will have caught the eye for Ibrahimovic and Co will be the first Milan derby of the season.
Inter are the home team in that one, currently scheduled for the weekend of October 18.
Cristiano Ronaldo will again look to play a starring role as Juventus go for a tenth straight title
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is signed for another year and is keen to propel AC Milan into the top four