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Fiorentina’s schedule this year looks decent enough

It’s fruitless to make too many predictions about the upcoming season based on the schedule, but that’s never stopped us before.

AS Roma v Brescia Calcio - Serie A Photo by Silvia Lore/Getty Images

This morning, Serie A released the league schedule to the public. While we certainly care about the other 19 teams (we don’t), we’re more interested in Fiorentina’s fixture list, which opens on Sunday, 20 September. Yes, that’s only two and a half weeks away.

The initial impression is that this is a decent run of games for the Viola. A reasonably gentle opening—only the Nerazzurri finished in the top half last year—will let the team work itself into form and integrate the new signings. There aren’t any back-to-backs with European contenders even in the slightly tougher back end, and closing the season against a newly-promoted side gives hope that, should the Fiorentina need a strong result on the final day, they can achieve it.

Of course, this season is going to be at least as unpredictable as every other Serie A season, so any assumptions we make about teams’ relative strength this year will likely fall apart after the first couple of weeks; don’t forget that the Isolani and the Mastini were in the European places for long stretches of last year and looked like they were there to stay before fading down the stretch. Anyways, what do we think about this, fellow humans?

vs Torino

at Inter Milan

vs Sampdoria

at Spezia

vs Udinese

at AS Roma

at Parma

vs Benevento

at AC Milan

vs Genoa

at Atalanta

vs Sassuolo

vs Hellas Verona

at Juventus

vs Bologna

at Lazio

vs Cagliari

at Napoli

vs Crotone