Title rivals Inter and Juventus had mixed fortunes in the European midweek round, as the Nerazzurri lost 2-1 to Barcelona, while Juve recorded a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen. Yet things may not be quite as they seem, as the Old Lady is yet to fully master Maurizio Sarri’s precise passing style and Inter dominated versus Barca for long periods of the match.
Serie A Match of the round: Inter Milan vs Juventus | Sunday 7.45pm
It may only be week seven, but this match between Inter and Juventus already looks like it could be extremely significant in the race for the Serie A title. Antonio Conte will be desperate to secure a win over his former side in order to continue their 100% winning record this term.
This promises to be a fascinating matchup between a side that have won the last eight consecutive league titles in Juventus and a team that have already adopted Conte’s workrate and tenacity. The loss to Barcelona is their first under the new boss, and it will be interesting to see how his XI bounce back for a match that will undoubtedly give a psychological edge to either side if they can pull off a win.
Best of the rest
AC Milan boss Marco Giampaolo looks like a dead man walking after his team lost for the fourth time in six matches last weekend. The Rossoneri were beaten 3-1 at home to Fiorentina, and in truth, the scoreline could have been even higher. The Coach must win away to Genoa on Saturday in order to keep his job, but to do that he needs to demand a much better performance from his players.
Fiorentina will look to extend their winning run to three matches when they host struggling Udinese, while AS Roma and Napoli should be the victors as they play Cagliari and Torino respectively. Atalanta boss Gian Piero Gasperini will look to inspire his squad to continue their excellent league form versus Lecce, after La Dea lost once again in the Champions League in midweek.
Serie A player to watch: Stefano Sensi vs Juventus (£2.32)
Inter midfielder Stefano Sensi has become a sensation since making the step up from Sassuolo in the summer, already having netted three times and recorded two assists in five Serie A appearances for the Nerazzurri so far.
He has dictated the play from the centre of the park, connecting with 87% of his 48.7 average passes per match, but is also unafraid to create chances going forward. The Urbino native has delivered 2.2 chances for teammates in every league game this term, while his rate goes up to 3.5 in the Champions League.
In just a short space of time, the 24-year-old has already become a star and is one to keep an eye on not only this weekend versus Juventus, but in the weeks and months to come.