Serie A: Lo Scudetto race is hotting up nicely
Four of Serie A's top five play on Wednesday, with Napoli sitting top of the table after 14 games, three points ahead of AC Milan, while Inter Milan are a point further back in third.
Then come Atalanta, before Roma complete the top five and it's looking tight at the top as we approach the halfway stage and, with a busy December ahead, how teams start the month could set the winter tone.
The main surprise in Serie A so far this season is the fact Juventus remain so off the pace.
The Old Lady are down in seventh, a huge 14 points off the top and time is really ticking if they are to get their act together and join the title race.
It's beginning to look like a top-four finish is the best Juve can hope for, so it's time for the country's other big guns - the Milan clubs in particular - to take centre stage, with some of the action available among our European Soccer Live Streaming Highlights.
Big guns in action
Two of Wednesday's games start at 5:30pm - Bologna versus Roma and Inter against Spezia - while Sassuolo against Napoli and Genoa's home game with Milan both get under way at 7:45pm.
Sassuolo unlikely to match Napoli
Napoli take on 12th-placed Sassuolo aiming to stay clear at the top after what's been a fantastic start to the campaign for the Partenopei - Luciano Spalletti's side have won 11 of their games so far, with two draws also on the board and their only defeat came against Inter earlier in November.
They will expect to get the better of a Sassuolo outfit who have been inconsistent this term.
They did serve notice of how dangerous they can be with a fine 3-1 win at Milan on Sunday, but the visitors come into the match on a back of a 4-0 home win over Lazio and should be ready to demonstrate their Scudetto credentials again with a comfortable away win.
Napoli are 1.83 to win and the draw is 3.90, while Spalletti's side are 12122.00 to be crowned chapions of Italy come the end of the season..
Gli Azzurri will be hoping Genoa do them a favour and get something off second-placed Milan, but it doesn't look too likely when studying Genoa's recent form.
The Rossoblu have not won for 11 games in Serie A and, while they have drawn seven of those, they are in the relegation zone with just 10 points accumulated so far.
Milan, 1.12 to win Serie A this season, however, have not exactly been at their best either of late.
They have lost their last two in the league, going down 4-3 at Fiorentina before that Sassuolo defeat and they've only won one of their last five in all competitions - a late 1-0 success at Atletico Madrid which kept their hopes of progressing to the knockout stage in Europe's premier club competition alive.
Top-four the target for Mourinho
Roma, now under the charge of Jose Mourinho, are very much eyeing a top-four place this season and that achievable ambition can be helped by securing a win over Bologna in midweek.
The capital club are currently fifth, three points behind Atalanta directly above them and will be confident of getting all three points against a side down in ninth.
Roma have won their last three games in all competitions and are 2.37 to make it four, while the draw is priced at 3.40 and Mourinho's side are 34.00 to secure a top-four finish.
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Inter in good shape
Champions Inter are motoring nicely in their title defence and look likely to be involved in the Scudetto shake-up in 2022 once again and are currently priced at 6.50 to retain their Italian title.
Simone Inzaghi's side have won seven of their last nine in all competitions, drawing the other two, and are 1.12 to make it 10 unbeaten by seeing off Spezia, while the draw is available at 9.00.
Duo want more goals
Inter's good form has been inspired at times by Lautaro Martinez and Edin Dzeko, who have both netted seven Serie A goals so far this term.
That's four behind the current top-scorer in the Italian top-flight - Fiorentina's Dusan Vlahovic - and both Nerazzurri men will want to muscle in on the race for the Capocannoniere, Serie A's Golden Boot award, in the second half of the season.
Dzeko, who scored both goals in the recent 2-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League, is 1.72 to find the back of the net anytime against Spezia, with Martinez available at 1.61.
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