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The Delfini are back for only their seventh ever top flight campaign, having earned promotion via the play-offs. Top scorer Gianluca Lapadula has been sold to Milan after 30 goals in 44 games last season, but Coach Massimo Oddo remains along with the bulk of the squad.

This club is well known for churning out talent, having seen Marco Verratti, Lorenzo Insigne and Ciro Immobile get their big breaks here in a thrilling Zdenek Zeman side. Mattia Perin and Vladimir Weiss also passed through.

Last time in Serie A was in 2012-13, when Pescara finished bottom of the table with only four wins, 28 defeats and a truly spectacular 84 goals conceded. They also went through three tacticians, so will be hoping for more stability this time.

In the previous six top flight experiences, the only one that didn't end in immediate relegation was 1987-88 thanks to a 14th place finish.