AC Milan players hold the Scudetto trophy after winning the Italian football Serie A title on May 14, 2011 at San Siro stadium Milan. AC Milan claimed their 18th Serie A title. AFP PHOTO / GIUSEPPE CACACE (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP) (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP via Getty Images)

Defending champions, AC Milan, will open its title defense on Saturday, August 13, 2022, when the new Italia Seri A kicks off this weekend.

Supersports viewers on Dstv and Gotv can look forward to Round 1 action, with matches scheduled to run from Saturday 13 to Monday 15 August 2022.

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The new Serie A season opens on the early evening of Saturday 13 August with defending champions AC Milan welcoming Udinese to the San Siro. The Rossoneri will be looking to get off to a flying start in the 2022-23 campaign.

Milan fullback Alessandro Florenzi, whose efforts on loan last season helped earn a permanent move from Roma, believes the team spirit and belief gained from winning the Scudetto will help the team in red and black.

Serie A preview: Milan to open title defense against Udinese, Jose treks to Salernitana
AC Milan Coach Stefano Pioli

“The coach [Stefano Pioli] told us something, ‘success changes people.’ We have to make sure that it doesn’t happen to us,” said Florenzi. “The coach is very good at this. The Scudetto magic is there, I feel it, however, it must be nurtured. Otherwise, it’ll go out.”

One of Milan’s main rivals for the title will be Internazionale, who will be away to Lecce later on Saturday night, while capital city clubs Roma and Lazio will be looking to make strong statements on Sunday with their matches against Salernitana (away) and Bologna (home) respectively.

Roma boasts an exciting attacking line-up, with Tammy Abraham joined up front by Paulo Dybala, who was signed as a free agent. Abraham believes his decision to join the Giallorossi a year ago was the best of his career thus far.

Serie A preview: Milan to open title defense against Udinese, Jose treks to Salernitana
Roma forward Tammy Abraham

“The best decision of my life was coming here. No rush to get back into the Premier League. I want to score one more goal than last season,” said the English striker. “I hope I can beat my personal goal record. Without haste, however, because I don’t feel yet one hundred percent ready. On the other hand, at this point in pre-season, no one is.”

The opening round of Serie A wraps up on Monday with a pair of matches, as Verona host Napoli, before Juventus welcomes Sassuolo to the Allianz Stadium in Turin. Bianconeri boss Massimiliano Allegri says his team has a “duty” to win back the title this term.

“Juventus, as always, want to achieve every objective,” the boss explained. “This summer has seen some top players arrive: some with experience, some young. Plus, it’s the second season so we are already starting from a good base. After a trophy-less season, for the first time in 10 years, we have a duty to win the Scudetto.”

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Serie A broadcast details, 13-15 August 2022

All times CAT

Saturday 13 August

18:30: AC Milan v Udinese – LIVE on SuperSport Football, SuperSport Maximo 360 and SuperSport GOtv Select 1

18:30: Sampdoria v Atalanta – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 3 and SuperSport GOtv Football

20:45: Lecce v Internazionale – LIVE on SuperSport Football, SuperSport Maximo 360 and SuperSport GOtv Select 1

20:45: Monza v Torino – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 2

Sunday 14 August

18:30: Fiorentina v Cremonese – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 3 and SuperSport GOtv Select 1

18:30: Lazio v Bologna – LIVE on SuperSport Football, SuperSport Maximo 360, and SuperSport GOtv Football

20:45: Salernitana v Roma – LIVE on SuperSport Football, SuperSport Maximo 360, and SuperSport GOtv Select 1

20:45: Spezia v Empoli – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 3 and SuperSport Maximo 2

Monday 15 August

18:30: Verona v Napoli – LIVE on SuperSport Football, SuperSport Maximo 1, SuperSport Maximo 360 and SuperSport GOtv Select 1

20:45: Juventus v Sassuolo – LIVE on SuperSport Football, SuperSport Maximo 1, SuperSport Maximo 360 and SuperSport GOtv Select 1