3 min: Looks like Napoli are lining up with a back three when they have the ball, and a back four when Juventus have it.
1 min: The Juventus fans shout Chiellini’s name, and the Italian defender just about gets to his feet to accept the acclaim.
So no Sarri in the dugout, although he is somewhere in the stadium, probably chain smoking.
Chiellini is here, sitting in the stands with his crutches, and with his leg heavily strapped.
Bonucci and Insigne shake hands at the toss. There’s a full foot between them in height. The two are good friends from the national side and were joking in the tunnel a few moments ago.
Remember, the transfer window is still open in Italy. That closes Monday night, and rumours are that Napoli are going to add Fernando Llorente to their squad.
Nicky Bandini started her first Serie A blog of the season talking about Napoli’s sensational 4-3 win over Fiorentina. It was some game.
Highlights are here. It had it all: Twenty-five-yard screamers, controversial penalties, Kevin-Prince Boateng. The LOT.
We’ve had one other Serie A match today, Milan v Brescia. This is how it went down, courtesy of Reuters.
AC Milan coach Marco Giampaolo earned his first win at the club as Hakan Calhanoglu struck early to clinch a 1-0 home victory over Brescia in Serie A on Saturday.
The 18-times Italian champions failed to muster a single shot on target when they fell to a shock 1-0 defeat away to Udinese on the opening weekend.
Yet Calhanoglu’s headed goal after 12 minutes settled the nerves of the San Siro crowd and proved to be decisive in a cagey encounter.
Milan take on another newly-promoted side when they travel to Hellas Verona after the international break.
As expected, De Ligt starts, but Gonzalo Higuín continues to be preferred to Paolo Dybala, much to the frustration of many Juve fans.
Napoli are more or less as expected – Gholam is preferred to Mario Rui at left back. Watch out for Hirving ‘Chucky’ Lozano on the bench. This is his first involvement in a Napoli squad since his £34.4m move from PSV Eindhoven. He’s a special player.
Italy has many derbies, and because the Italians are a romantic sort, and their culture is a constant reference point to history, many of them have some splendid nicknames. The Derby della Lanterna between Genoa and Sampdoria is derived from the Torre della Lanterna, the ancient landmark in Genoa. The Derby della Madonnina is named after the statue that sits atop of Milan’s cathedral. The Derby della Scala, between Chievo and Hellas Verona, refers to the Scaligeri or della Scala aristocratic family, who were rulers of Verona during the Middle Ages and early Renaissance.
Juventus v Napoli doesn’t have a name. But few would argue that this (and the reverse fixture in Naples) are the highlights of the Serie A calendar, featuring the two best football teams in Italy.
There are many questions to be answered tonight. Will Maurizio Sarri return to the dugout, following his bout of pneumonia? If he does, what sort of reception will he receive from the travelling Napoli fans – this is his first encounter with them since he left the southern club for Chelsea just over a year ago.
Sarri, who has continued smoking cigarettes through his recovery – which saw him miss Juventus’s 1-0 win over Parma on the opening weekend – could hand Matthijs de Ligt his full debut tonight, following the awful news that Giorgio Chiellini has ruptured his ACL ligament. The Italian defender will require surgery and should be out for around six months, which is a huge blow for the champions. That said, De Ligt and Bonucci at the back ain’t too bad.
Two seasons ago, Napoli won this fixture and looked as though they would go on to claim their first Serie A title since the days of Diego. That wasn’t to be in the end, and Juventus’s dominance has continued. Napoli are desperate to knock them off their perch. This is a prime opportunity, with their opponents reeling from injury and illness.
Kick off: 7.45pm BST, 8.45pm in Turin