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The drive for five straight Scudetti: Juventus' 2015-16 fixture list released

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Juventus will go into yet another Serie A as the favorite to win the Scudetto. It's not breaking news or anything close to it. Not that we need much inside information to tell us what we already know. Even with all the turnover we've seen happen this summer, Juventus are still the best team Italy has to offer, with the rest of the pack desperately trying to close the gap on the four-time Serie A champions.

As we found out on Monday, Juventus' latest and hopefully greatest title defense will start against their bianconero brethren Udinese at Juventus Stadium. Maybe Beppe Marotta will have an extra bit of attention on the game for the simple reason of trying to decide which Udinese player to acquire on loan with an option to buy next summer. That's how it works, right?

But I digress. Here, in full, is Juvenuts' schedule for the first half of the 2015-16 Serie A season. Why don't you go ahead and notice where Juve are going on Week 2. As a somewhat-recent Bond villain would say, "Delicious..."

Match day Date Opponent (Home/Away)
1 August 23 Udinese (H)
2 August 30 Roma (A)
3 September 13 Chievo (H)
4 September 20 Genoa (A)
5 September 23 Frosinone (H)
6 September 27 Napoli (A)
7 October 4 Bologna (H)
8 October 18 Inter Milan (A)
9 October 25 Atalanta (H)
10 October 28 Sassuolo (A)
11 November 1 Torino (H)
12 November 8 Empoli (A)
13 November 22 AC Milan (H)
14 November 29 Palermo (A)
15 December 6 Lazio (A)
16 December 13 Fiorentina (H)
17 December 20 Carpi (A)
18 January 6 Hellas Verona (H)
19 January 10 Sampdoria (A)

We can worry about Juventus competing on all three fronts until they jump into the Coppa Italia in the round of 16 right before the Christmas/New Year holiday break. But the group stage of the Champions League comes much sooner than that, with the first match day scheduled for Sept. 15/16. The group stage draw will take place on Aug. 27 in Monaco.

And just because you're probably wondering, here's all of the 19 return fixtures, which will almost certainly change if Juventus make a deep run in the Champions League or Coppa Italia or hopefully both once again this upcoming season.

Match day Date Opponent (Home/Away)
20 January 17 Udinese (A)
21 January 24 Roma (H)
22 January 31 Chievo (A)
23 February 3 Genoa (H)
24 February 7 Frosinone (A)
25 February 14 Napoli (H)
26 February 21 Bologna (A)
27 February 28 Inter Milan (H)
28 March 6 Atalanta (A)
29 March 13 Sassuolo (H)
30 March 20 Torino (A)
31 April 4 Empoli (H)
32 April 10 AC Milan (A)
33 April 17 Palermo (H)
34 April 20 Lazio (H)
35 April 24 Fiorentina (A)
36 May 1 Carpi (H)
37 May 8 Hellas Verona (A)
38 May 15 Sampdoria (H)

I can see it now. Juventus go into that April 17 game at home against Palermo with a chance to essentially wrap up a fifth straight Serie A title. A certain former Palermo striker by the name of Paulo Dybala grabs a late game-winning goal to give Juventus the title (and probably activate some kind of performance/team bonus that was built into his summer transfer to Turin). It's almost too good to be true!

I must say, that'd be pretty awesome. So would Juventus winning another Scudetto. Hope you all agree.

So there you have it. Thirty-eight rounds of Serie A football have been scheduled.. Now we can all go back to scheduling our lives around Juventus because that's what we all do come the middle of August. The countdown clock continues to click down in our favor.

We're at 27 days and counting. Tick-tock, tick-tock...