Fiorentina’s strong start to the campaign has propelled them to within touching distance of top spot and this is the first time since 1998 that they have been ahead of Juventus at this stage of the season. Nevertheless, the dominant colours in this fixture down the years have undoubtedly been black and white.
As the Bianconeri and the Viola meet for the 153rd time in Serie A on Sunday, the champions will be hoping that previous encounters between the two mean more than just a nice historical quirk with which one can open a preview piece.
The reason for that is that no one has beaten (70) or scored against (247) Fiorentina more times than the Old Lady with this weekend’s Juventus Stadium guests finding the net in just two of the last seven clashes with Massimiliano Allegri’s side.
Better yet, of the league fixtures contested in Turin, the Bianconeri have won 50, building up and maintaining a 29-match scoring run against the Florence-based outfit in the process that stretches back to a 0-0 draw in November 1981.
While Paulo Sousa’s side registered a 2-1 victory here last season in the Coppa Italia semi-final thanks to Mohamed Salah’s double, they have returned to Tuscany as victors just once (in March 2008) in 23 journeys to Italy’s north-west.