As Serie A heads into the depths of winter, the first weekend of December throws up some big clashes with the undoubted game of the weekend being the heavy weight top of the table encounter between Roma and Fiorentina.
Rudi Garcia's side have made a stunning start to the season and are yet to taste defeat after 14 games as they sit in second place, hot on the heels of leaders Juventus. With just one goal conceded at home all season, the Giallorossi are a tough nut to crack at the Stadio Olimpico.
Fiorentina are no pushovers though and have had a decent start to the season themselves and are placed nicely in fifth position. Their form on the road is promising too with four wins, conceding just six goals away from home. A win would put the Viola well and truly in the hunt for Champions League football.
Roma are the obvious favourites being unbeaten and at home. However, Fiorentina will pose a great threat to that unbeaten record and an away win can't be ruled out.
Leaders Juventus kick off the weekend's action with a trip to relegation threatened Bologna. You would be a brave man to bet against a Juve win and would probably get better odds from Betting Online on the 2014 World Cup than a loss for the leaders. Juventus hold a three point lead at the top and a trip to Bologna shouldn't pose many problems.
Napoli entertain Udinese as the home side look to gain ground on the leaders. Another strong outfit defensively at home, Gli Azzurri have conceded just three goals at the Stadio San Paolo. Udinese will look to kick start their season with a shock win. They are in a lowly 13th position and their form on the road leaves a lot to be desired, with just the one win all season. A home win looks on the cards.
Milan are another team that will be looking to get their season going, languishing in eighth and well off the pace. They face a Livorno side fighting for their lives in the relegation scrap. The game is a tricky one for the Rossoneri with just one win away from San Siro all season. You wouldn't rule out the home side taking some points.
In the other ties, Inter face a Parma side at home in a game in which they should collect three points, while Verona will hope to give themselves some breathing space at the bottom as they face a travel sick Atalanta side. Lastly is the basement battle between Sampdoria and Catania, with both sides looking like being cut adrift at the bottom, a win is crucial in their bid to survive.
It looks as though the top teams will all continue their good form with wins this weekend, with some tight battles towards the bottom of the table that could prove vital come the end of the season.
Words by Henry Chard