Saturday’s Serie A curtain-raiser against Fiorentina will be the fifth time that Juventus face the Viola in the first match of the season. On the last of these occasions, in August 2008, the sides played out a 1-1 draw at the Stadio Artemio Franchi when Pavel Nedved’s opener was cancelled out by Alberto Gilardino’s late equaliser.
The 1-1 scoreline was identical to that recorded in October 1941 – the very first time they faced one another for the maiden match of a league campaign – Ferruccio Valcareggi netting for the hosts after Riza Lushta had shot Juve into the lead.
It was a very different story in September 1949 when the Bianconeri romped to a 5-2 home victory over the Viola thanks to a John Hansen hat-trick and goals by Giampiero Boniperti and Rinaldo Martino.
Juve would have the upper hand once again in September 1991, albeit in a much tighter affair which saw Pierluigi Casiraghi’s powerful header separate the sides in a 1-0 win in Turin (highlights available in the video below).