The ragtag bunch of Premier League cast-offs fighting Italy's biggest battle – and two who got away for Man United

After five weeks of sparring at a distance, Italy’s two heavyweights finally go head-to-head this weekend as AS Roma travel to Juventus Stadium to take on the reigning champions. Both teams have laid waste to those around them so far, recording perfect starts over the opening five games, and already enjoy a four-point cushion over the rest of Serie A. Last year’s top two have marched on relentlessly while the peninsula’s other big clubs struggle for consistency, with Milan, Napoli and Inter seemingly unable to discover their own identities.


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