Surprise Serie A leaders Palermo, fresh from their victory over AC Milan, take on Messina in a Sicilian derby on Wednesday with coach Francesco Guidolin refusing to consider his team title contenders.
The demotion of Juventus, Lazio and Fiorentina to Serie B following a ruling by a sports tribunal looking into match-fixing allegations is certain to prompt a transfer merry-go-round across Europe.
They called him Lucky Luciano for his wily dealings in the transfer market. Others saw him as the reason why so much suspicion surrounded Italian football.
The head of Italy's Football Federation has promised a serious investigation into allegations of match-fixing in Serie A.
Luciano Moggi, the Juventus official at the centre of Italy's soccer scandal, has denied he tried to get favourable referees appointed and blamed Milan's Adriano Galliani for his downfall.
AC Milan's Ukrainian striker Andrei Shevchenko has urged Italian football to sort itself out following the attack by fans on two Inter Milan players.
Chievo Verona will have to break their duck against Juventus on Wednesday if they want to slow the champions' race towards a record 29th Italian title.
Serie A leaders Juventus face Palermo in Sicily on Saturday with striker David Trezeguet looking to score for the 10th successive match.
Lazio striker Paolo Di Canio is to appeal against a ban and a fine imposed following a recent straight-arm salute, claiming that while the gesture is fascist it not of a racist character.
Juventus opened up an eight point lead at the top of Serie A after Mauro Camoranesi struck an 88th minute winner in a 2-1 victory at Fiorentina on Sunday.
AC Milan's pursuit of Serie A leaders Juventus suffered a major setback when they lost 2-1 at Chievo Verona on Saturday.
Injury-plagued Filippo Inzaghi scored his first Serie A goal in 19 months to give second-placed AC Milan a 2-1 victory over Palermo on Sunday, while leaders Juventus remain five points clear thanks to a 3-0 win at Lecce.
A hat-trick by Italy international Luca Toni inspired a 4-1 victory over Parma on Saturday which moved Fiorentina level on points with second-placed AC Milan in Serie A.
AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani says his club could leave their famous San Siro home and build a new a venue in the city.
Italian title hopefuls Inter Milan lost 3-2 at Palermo in Serie A on Saturday after being outclassed by the Sicilian side who led 3-0 until five minutes from the end.
Tuscan teams Fiorentina and Livorno enjoyed victories on the opening day of the Serie A season on Saturday.