The upcoming 2013/14 season continues to seem ever closer on the horizon, and a concrete step will be taken towards its much anticipated start when the 38 fixtures to be played out over the course of the year are drawn this evening at 7pm (CET) in Milan.
What is already guaranteed is that Juventus' first tie, on Saturday 24 or Sunday 25 August, will be away from home, given that they began last season’s campaign at Juventus Stadium and it is alternated each year. The following weekend will therefore be Antonio Conte’s men’s first game at home, the ground where they will also play their last game of the season.
With no seedings in the draw, Juve could potentially face any one of their major rivals on the opening day (apart from Parma, and those who are already guaranteed to be starting their campaigns away from home). Since Serie A does not allow derbies to take place on the first, last, or midweek days, Juventus also know that they will not come up against Torino in their opening fixture.
A further certainty in the schedule is that the Bianconeri will not play Inter, Milan, Napoli or Roma in a midweek game. As participants in the Champions League, they will also not face teams who are taking part in the Europa League on a weekend that falls between Europa League and Champions League fixtures (predicted as the 6th, 9th, 13th and 16th weeks).
The wait for the draw is almost over, and the Bianconeri will soon be able to focus their current preparations in the USA even further when they discover who they will face in their opening encounter of the season.