Sampdoria started so strong with two straight wins and have now lost three on the trot, so visit a Cagliari side also in need of a boost.
It’s a crunch relegation dogfight, as Crotone have only one point and Atalanta are already dealing with sack rumours.
The first Josip Ilicic penalty miss of his Serie A career proved decisive, as Milan held out for a 0-0 draw away to Fiorentina and had last-gasp penalty appeals.
Genoa managed to scrape a point against Pescara despite going down to nine men, as Giovanni Simeone broke his Serie A duck.
Reshuffled Inter pegged back Bologna for a disappointing 1-1 draw at San Siro, but Andrea Ranocchia wasted a free header in stoppages.
Keita Balde Diao’s first goal of the season and a Senad Lulic header allowed Lazio to get the better of Empoli.
Manolo Gabbiadini broke his goal drought and Marek Hamsik hit a Century as Napoli swept high-flying Chievo aside 2-0.
A thoroughly unconvincing Juventus earned the 1-0 win away to Palermo thanks only to a deflected Dani Alves effort, as tactical experiments did not pay off.
Gregoire Defrel can’t stop scoring at the moment and gave Sassuolo the victory over Udinese, but only while running huge risks at the end.
Andrea Belotti returned and so did Torino with a 3-1 victory over Roma, despite Francesco Totti’s 250th Serie A goal two days before his 40th birthday.