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Serie A leaders and reigning champions Juventus may finally have dropped their first league points of the season, but they should be far too strong for Empoli this Saturday.

Having won eight league games in a row, Juve were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Genoa last weekend, before restoring order with a Champions League victory at Manchester United in midweek.

Juve so hard to stop

The summer addition of Cristiano Ronaldo only made the Bianconeri stand out from the pack even further and their superb start to the season has come despite the Portuguese superstar having yet to hit top form.

The men from Turin remain tough to break down, conceding only two goals in their last eight games in all competitions and have allowed Empoli to score just once in the last six meetings of the two sides – all of which have been won by the Turin giants.

Therefore, Juve to win to zero at 1.90 on Saturday looks tempting, as does the visitors to secure victory by a two-goal margin at 3.65.

Nerazzurri have the edge on Parma

Also in action on Saturday are Atalanta, who ended a seven-game winless run by thumping basement side Chievo 5-1 last time out.

This weekend they host a Parma side who have started the campaign in solid form, but who lost 2-0 at home to Lazio last time out in the league.

The head-to-head record between the two teams suggests that this should be a close one, so Atalanta to win by one goal at 3.40 catches the eye.

Genoa aim to build on Juve draw

On Sunday Genoa play host to Udinese, with home striker Krzysztof Piatek trying to avoid going a whole two games without a goal.

The Polish sensation had scored in every club outing since his summer arrival before being blanked out in the 1-1 draw at Juventus last weekend.

Meanwhile, his side have won four out of five at home in Serie A so far this season, surprisingly going down 3-1 to Parma last time out at the Luigi Ferraris.

They will also need to overturn recent form against Udinese, which has seen them win only one of the last seven meetings between the two teams, with both clashes last season decided by a single goal.

Therefore, a tight encounter could well be on the cards on Sunday, with Genoa nicely rated at 3.40 to win by one goal, while a single-goal success for Udine at 4.75 is also something to consider.