The clash between Fiorentina and Juventus is the mother of all intercity rivalries, so there are no doubts we will see a lot of fire when the two sides meet again at Artemio Franchi.
It’s been a while since Viola last enjoyed such a bright start to the season, and they have only heavy summer spending to thank for it.
A number of high-quality players arrived at Artemio Franchi this summer, but coach Vincenzo Montella has got to be congratulated for getting the best out of his side so early in the season.
While beating Udinese and Catania at home, Fiorentina could only take one point from two away games, but they definitely deserved more having outplayed both Napoli and Parma.
Viola missed several great chances to score against Parma, including a penalty, and had to settle for one point when the hosts converted from the penalty spot deep into injury time.
However, having played so well in their opening four games and being eager to prove their worth against bitter rivals Juventus, Fiorentina are 3.85 (57/20) with Betfair to win their third straight home game.
Manuel Pasqual and Adem Ljajic are set to return to the starting line-up, but Mounir El Hamdaoui remain doubtful with a knee problem.
Giuglio Migliaccio and Matias Fernandez are vying for a place alongside Borja Valero and David Pizarro in midfield, but Alberto Aquilani and Francesco Della Rocca are out injured.
Probable starting line-up (3-5-2): Viviano – Roncaglia, Rodriguez, Tomovic – Cuadrado, Migliaccio, Pizarro, Valero, Pasqual – Jovetic, Ljajic.
Having won the Serie A title last term and signed a number of impressive reinforcements this summer, Juventus are clearly the team to beat in Italy.
Even with boss Antonio Conte banned from taking control of his team on match days, the Bianconeri have been thoroughly impressive in the opening exchanges, and they look a safe bet for the league title.
Having said that, Paddy Power is top price for Juventus to win the Scudetto, paying 1.53 (8/15) on the Old Lady.
The Bianconeri still boast a 100% record in Italian Serie A, after beating Chievo at the weekend and are now 2.10 (11/10) with bet365 to win their fifth consecutive league fixture.
The 2-2 Champions League draw with Chelsea proved Juventus have what it takes to mix it up with the best of them, and they clearly arrive to Florence high on confidence.
Fabio Quagliarella has earned himself a starting berth by scoring 3 goals in last 2 games, while Stephan Lichtsteiner’s position is in danger now that Mauricio Isla has recovered from injury.
Probable starting line-up (3-5-2): Buffon – Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini – Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, Asamoah – Vucinic, Quagliarella.