Serie A opening weekend: Ronaldo eyeing up Chievo win
Charlie Dear | 16 August 2018
Key talking-points and tips ahead
European football returns this weekend and all eyes will be on Serie A on Saturday.
Portugal may not have gone far in the World Cup but Cristiano Ronaldo stole the show this summer yet again.
His £99.2m move to Juventus sent shockwaves through the world of football. It suggests, even after winning the Scudetto for seven-consecutive seasons, the Italian champions are getting serious.
The cameras will be live at the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi as Ronaldo makes his debut at Chievo on Saturday evening.
Their head-to-head record appears Juve should sweep aside I Gialloblu even without the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
The Old Lady won 2-0 last season but with a player who scored 44 goals in all competitions last season then this could end up a real drubbing.
Later that evening, Lazio take on Napoli in Rome in an exciting clash.
The game is elevated by the recent reports that Napoli tried to sign the I Biancocelesti forward Ciro Immobile in the summer.
Lazio are 7/4 to bag the first three points of the season. Napoli won both ties 4-1 last season and are 11/8 to steal the victory.
Usually a high-scoring fixture, it’s 4/6 to feature over 2.5 goals.
Rome wasn’t built in a day
On Sunday third-placed Roma open up with an away game against Torino.
There’s been a hive of activity at the club with key men like Radja Nainggolan leaving I Giallorossi and exciting talents such as Justin Kluivert, Javier Pastore and enforcer Steve N’zonzi arriving.
Eusebio Di Francesco may have lost his star goalkeeper Alisson to Liverpool but his side start at 11/10 for the win.
Torino are 12/5 to clinch three points. The draw is 13/5.
Parma return to the top flight of Italian football for the first time since 2014-15.
After bankruptcy, three-successive promotions followed as fans are now getting all nostalgic.
Memories will come flooding back for many British-based Calcio fans of their great years, when Football Italia was a compulsory watch.
The 2001-02 Coppa Italia winners face Udinese in their opening tie and are 7/5 for the win.
Udinese are 2/1 for the victory. The draw is 21/10.
Elsewhere Inter are 6/10 to beat Sassuolo and new signing Lautaro Martinez is 5/1 to score two or more goals.
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