Making a swift start to the Serie A 2023/24 season is going to be absolutely crucial for many teams, especially given it is really hard to tell which team is most likely to win the title. There is a lot of the transfer window still to go, but you could say none of the top seven looks to be in superb shape right now compared to last season.

Napoli are now without Luciano Spalletti, whilst Kim Min-jae is set to depart for Bayern Munich and others could follow. AC Milan have lost Sandro Tonali to Newcastle and have other areas to address, whilst Juventus are very hard to read at this stage with Massimiliano Allegri set to stay. AS Roma have a couple of promising new players, whilst Lazio may still lose Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

Inter appear to be shopping well, but Simone Inzaghi cannot lose anywhere close to 12 Serie A games like he did last season. As for Atalanta, they are always hard to read until the season begins as they shop in more niche markets.

With the Serie A fixtures having now been released for the 2023/24 campaign, take a look at the first six games that each of the top seven sides will play and see who has got the toughest or easiest start. You can find out more about the Serie A 2023/24 season here. As for when the major derbies are being played and the first and last weekend’s of the season, you can find that here.

Paulo Dybala celebrates. (@ASRomaEN)

First six fixtures for Serie A’s top sides

Napoli’s first six Serie A fixtures

Napoli lift the trophy to celebrate their 2022/23 Serie A title win. (@sscnapoli_br)

Napoli will feel that they have a superb chance to get their title defence off to a very good start given they only need to face one other big side in Lazio, and they also face two of the promoted teams in Genoa and Frosinone.

August 19/20Frosinone vs Napoli
August 27/28Napoli vs Sassuolo
September 2/3Napoli vs Lazio
September 16/17Genoa vs Napoli
September 23/24Bologna vs Napoli
September 26/27Napoli vs Udinese

Lazio’s first six Serie A fixtures

Lazio’s Felipe Anderson and Luis Alberto celebrate. (@OfficialSSLazio)

Lazio have got a pretty tough start to the new season as they need to face both Napoli and Juventus, both away from home as well. The matches against Monza and Torino also have the potential to be tricky.

August 19/20Lecce vs Lazio
August 27/28Lazio vs Genoa
September 2/3Napoli vs Lazio
September 16/17Juventus vs Lazio
September 23/24Lazio vs Monza
September 26/27Lazio vs Torino

Inter’s first six Serie A fixtures

Inter players celebrate. [@Inter_en]

Inter will be aiming to win the Serie A title next season and their fixture list, whilst not easy, is not overly scary. The Milan derby is the standout, whilst the Fiorentina and Monza games could be tough. They will expect a good haul of points there though.

August 19/20Inter vs Monza
August 27/28Cagliari vs Inter
September 2/3Inter vs Fiorentina
September 16/17Inter vs AC Milan
September 23/24Empoli vs Inter
September 26/27Inter vs Sassuolo

AC Milan’s first six Serie A fixtures

Olivier Giroud of AC Milan celebrates. (@acmilan)

AC Milan have got their work cut out early on in Serie A because they need to face both AS Roma and Inter in the first six games, whilst they have a tricky trip to Bologna to start with. Stefano Pioli will need his new signings to integrate quickly.

August 19/20Bologna vs AC Milan
August 27/28AC Milan vs Torino
September 2/3AS Roma vs AC Milan
September 16/17AC Milan vs Inter
September 23/24AC Milan vs Verona
September 26/27Cagliari vs AC Milan

Atalanta’s first six Serie A fixtures

Rasmus Hojlund celebrates scoring the winner for Atalanta against Empoli. [@Atalanta_BC]

Atalanta are not necessarily aiming for the Serie A title, but their early fixtures could put them up near the top of the table given they have none of the big sides to face, with the trip to Fiorentina looking like the hardest game on paper.

August 19/20Sassuolo vs Atalanta
August 27/28Frosinone vs Atalanta
September 2/3Atalanta vs Monza
September 16/17Fiorentina vs Atalanta
September 23/24Atalanta vs Cagliari
September 26/27Verona vs Atalanta

AS Roma’s first six Serie A fixtures

AS Roma’s Tammy Abraham celebrates against Udinese. [@OfficialASRoma]

AS Roma will be happy overall with this set of games. The Giallorossi will have a few players who need to settle into the game and apart from the game against Milan, they should get the chance to do that.

August 19/20AS Roma vs Salernitana
August 27/28Verona vs AS Roma
September 2/3AS Roma vs AC Milan
September 16/17AS Roma vs Empoli
September 23/24Torino vs AS Roma
September 26/27Genoa vs AS Roma

Juventus’ first six Serie A fixtures

Juventus and Federico Chiesa celebrate a goal. (@juventusfc)

Similar to Roma’s, Juventus will be pretty happy with their fixtures. Hosting Lazio is the standout, but apart from that they are all games that the Bianconeri would expect to get three points from.

August 19/20Udinese vs Juventus
August 27/28Juventus vs Bologna
September 2/3Empoli vs Juventus
September 16/17Juventus vs Lazio
September 23/24Sassuolo vs Juventus
September 26/27Juventus vs Lecce