Serie A set for first ever Boxing Day football fixtures

Serie A set for first ever Boxing Day football fixtures

Serie A set for first ever Boxing Day football fixtures

Fans of Italian football are handed a late Christmas present this year, as the Serie A decided to play out their usual league fixtures on Boxing Day for the first time ever. Past years have seen a break in Italy during the Christmas period – as well as in other leagues including Germany, where they have a regular winter break – but The Italian Football Federation saw a need to start facilitating football fixtures during what many in England recognise as the most entertaining day for sport. It’s been reported that the decision was made based on the incredible viewing figures from UK footballs fans over past years, making it an easy decision for The Italian Football Federation to give their fans a similar service.

Not only is it set to be the first ever Serie A fixture list on a Boxing Day, but the specific games being played make for even more drama. The hunt for second place is on as Napoli face Inter Milan at the San Siro, with hopes that one could even leapfrog Juventus in the coming months. While that’s extremely unlikely considering The Old Lady’s eight point lead ahead of second place Napoli, it would certainly liven up what many still hope as being the end to Juve’s monopoly over Italy. An earlier fixture in Italy sees Juventus hoping to extend their gap to a record eleven points ahead of second, but it won’t be necessarily easy, as they take on Atalanta, who many recognise as the Serie A’s resident giant killers. They’ve shown themselves to be more than capable under Gian Piero Gasperini, so it will be another feather in Massimiliano Allegri’s cap if he can defeat The Goddess away from home.

Each match has its own reason to be worth watching but there are further meetings between managers with more than just points on the line. Roma have been far from perfect this season, still lacking in the ruthlessness and composure that they had under now-Inter manager Luciano Spalletti, but Eusebio Di Francesco is given another chance to prove all of his critics wrong, as he’s pitted against former club Sassuolo at the Stadio Olimpico. The final intriguing matchup revolves around two brothers who need to show their quality against one another, as Filippo Inzaghi’s Bologna play host to Simone Inzaghi’s Lazio, with their brotherly bond making it a far more dramatic encounter than it would have been otherwise.

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