Juventus v Fiorentina - Saturday 19:45, BT Sport 2
Juventus begin life without Paul Pogba after securing the domestic double and they’re now seeking a sixth consecutive Serie A title. They face Fiorentina in their opening match, whom they have beaten in this fixture in each of the last five seasons.
After losing Pirlo, Tevez and Vidal last summer, Juve have once again been plundered in the transfer market but while Pogba and Morata are sure to leave a dent the Champions have realised their mistakes of last season, where they only picked up nine points from their opening seven matches, and have acted quickly with quality replacements such as Pjanic and Higuain. So they still look far and away the strongest side in Italy and should continue to outclass opponents throughout this season.
Fiorentina’s away record against top-six sides in the past two seasons has been poor (W1-D2-L7) as they’ve struggled defensively. In stark contrast, Juventus were impeccable at the back last term as they only conceded 20 goals all season. They’ve brought in Mehdi Benatia from Bayern Munich as they look to lower the average age of their defence but they should be as strong as ever. The Champions have won all 25 of their home games against fellow top-six sides since 2011/12, with 16 of these wins without conceding. As a result, The Old Lady look great value to win to nil .