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The Serie A fixture list is out, Napoli start season with away match against Genoa

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The Serie A fixture list has been unveiled with all due pomp and circumstance, and now we know who Napoli will be playing and when.

When last we saw Napoli, they were being adorable.
When last we saw Napoli, they were being adorable.
Giuseppe Bellini

In a ceremony full of pomp and circumstance (and Lazio's president literally walking Carlo Tavecchio on to the stage with his arm around Tavecchio's shoulder. Way to change stereotypes about your club!), Serie A drew their fixture list for the upcoming season, and now we have a rough idea of who Napoli will be facing, as well as when and where the fixtures will be.

Napoli will be opening the season on the road, journeying to Genoa at the end of August to hopefully start things off right with a win. The first league match at the San Paolo is the next week, as Chievo Verona come to Naples to be subjected to the wrath of  the Curva as the home faithful get to work for the first time.

The first "big" match will be in week seven, as Napoli travel to the San Siro to face Walter Mazzarri and Inter Milan. By then Inter will be engulfed in the rigors of their Europa League campaign (and hopefully Napoli in the Champion League), so fatigue could play a big role in that tie. Napoli will actually make both of their trips to the San Siro in the first half, as they head back to face AC Milan in week 15 in December. The two Milan sides are scheduled to come to the San Paolo in weeks 26 and 34, respectively.

The first Derby del Sole against Roma is in week ten when last year's runners-up come to the San Paolo, with Napoli making the return fixture in week 29. The Coppa Italia final rematch comes in week eleven, when Napoli head to Fiorentina in the middle of November.

Of course, the fixtures everyone will be circling will be those against Juventus. The three time defending champions will be coming to the San Paolo in mid-January for the week 18 fixture, meaning that the second to the last match of the season will be at Juventus Stadium. Between that and a home tie against Lazio, the close of the season could be very tough indeed, and incredibly dramatic if Napoli are involved in a close title race.

The full fixture list is below. As is traditional with Serie A, we won't know the actual dates or times until a couple of weeks before each fixture. The fixtures themselves are always subject to change, as they'll occasionally get shuffled around a bit to help ease fixture congestion.

Round Opponent Home/Away
1 Genoa Away
2 Chievo Verona Home
3 Udinese Away
4 Palermo Home
5 Sassuolo Away
6 Torino Home
7 Inter Milan Away
8 Hellas Verona Home
9 Atalanta Away
10 AS Roma Home
11 Fiorentina Away
12 Cagliari Home
13 Sampdoria Away
14 Empoli Home
15 AC Milan Away
16 Parma Home
17 Cesena Away
18 Juventus Home
19 Lazio Away
20 Genoa Home
21 Chievo Verona Away
22 Udinese Home
23 Palermo Away
24 Sassuolo Home
25 Torino Away
26 Inter Milan Home
27 Hellas Verona Away
28 Atalanta Home
29 AS Roma Away
30 Fiorentina Home
31 Cagliari Away
32 Sampdoria Home
33 Empoli Away
34 AC Milan Home
35 Parma Away
36 Cesena Home
37 Juventus Away
38 Lazio Home