Our prediction for this Serie A match:
Juventus will be aiming to continue where they left last season when they host Sampdoria at their Allianz Stadium on Sunday. The Bianconeri have established themselves as the dominant force in Italian football, but with Atalanta, Inter, and Lazio making progress year by year, the title holders can’t afford any complacency at the start of the new Serie A campaign. New boss Andrea Pirlo has a number of top-class players to choose from, who are likely to record a routine win in the season opener.
As always, a man to watch in the home team will be Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored his 100th goal with the Portugal national team in the Nations League victory over Sweden. Even though Paulo Dybala is rated doubtful for the game, and De Ligt and Bernardeschi sidelined, home win should be considered as Sampdoria are not regarded as good travellers.