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5 things to know about Serie A

September 23, 2013

MILAN (AP) — Five things to know about the upcoming Serie A matches:

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NAPOLI VS. SASSUOLO

It looks to be another tough match for struggling Sassuolo, which lost at home to Inter Milan 7-0 over the weekend.

Sassuolo is last in the Serie A and the only side still without a point after four matches. The team has scored only one goal and let in 15.

Napoli, in contrast, is flying high at the top of the standings and has won all four of its matches, including a 2-1 victory at AC Milan on Sunday. Napoli’s prized signing, Gonzalo Higuain, was again on target in that match, taking his tally to four goals in five matches.

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RAMPANT ROMA

Roma has also had a fantastic start to the season and sits at the top of the standings with Napoli after winning all four of its matches.

Roma’s new disciplined approach has seen it concede only one goal — against 10 scored — while 36-year-old captain Francesco Totti again proved decisive as it beat Lazio 2-0 in the derby match over the weekend.

The fans are jubilant but Daniele De Rossi has urged his teammates to keep their feet on the ground ahead of Wednesday’s visit to Sampdoria, which has only two points.

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MORE WOE FOR MILAN

AC Milan slipped to its second loss of the season over the weekend and has only four points from its four matches.

Mario Balotelli failed to convert a penalty kick for the first time in his career and picked up another yellow card, which means the Italy striker is suspended for Wednesday’s trip to Bologna.

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INTERESTING INTER

Inter Milan has been rejuvenated since coach Walter Mazzarri’s arrival from Napoli in the offseason.

Inter became only the third team in the history of Serie A to win 7-0 away from home last weekend and it has yet to lose a match. On Thursday, Inter welcomes Fiorentina, which is level on points with Inter.

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DEJECTED JUVENTUS

For the third straight match Juventus failed to dominate as it edged Hellas Verona 2-1 on Sunday.

However, it was important for the team to get the win after draws with Inter Milan and FC Copenhagen.

The two-time defending champions have been showing rare signs of weakness and will be looking for improvement against Chievo Verona on Wednesday.

One positive sign for Juve is that its two new strikers were both on target over the weekend. Carlos Tevez scored his third goal in three league matches and Fernando Llorente, who was growing unhappy after playing only one minute previously this season, scored the winner.

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