Serie A, Week 23 preview and fixture list: New faces, but same problems?

Richard Heathcote

February has arrived, and with it, plenty of comings and goings at nearly every Serie A club. But has anything really changed?

Now that the January transfer window has creaked shut, it's time to discover just how these new boys will fare. While all eyes will be trained on Mario Balotelli, almost every side has cleaned out lockers, shifted space, and ironed new letters to the back of a shirt. Curious about exactly who went where? Check out our complete Serie A Transfer Tracker.

It's fun to speculate about what fresh blood will bring to the clubs of Serie A, but no amount of updates on Football Manager and FIFA will actually lead to the results of Week 23. So it's probably best to watch.

Friday, February 1

AS Roma - Cagliari (8:45 p.m. local, 2:45 p.m. ET)

The weekend begins with the two clubs that did the least over the window -- Cagliari because they're flat broke, Roma because they spent the entire time dealing with Maarten Stekelenburg.

Saturday, February 2

Torino - Sampdoria (6 p.m. local, 12 noon ET)

Who cares about transfers? We all just want to see Mauro Icardi score four again.

Napoli - Catania (8:45 p.m. local, 2:45 p.m. ET)

On paper, this match looks to be the most interesting and exciting of the weekend. But with Napoli in the spotlight, facing a smaller side, and with the opportunity to move even with Juventus? Expect the elefanti to win 1-0.

Sunday, February 3

all matches at 3 p.m. local, 9 a.m. ET unless otherwise noted

Chievo Verona - Juventus (12:30 local, 6:30 ET)

The Flying Donkeys managed to knock Lazio out of second last week. Can they create havoc against a flailing Juve (who still haven't found a decent striker) as well?

Fiorentina - Parma

It's time for the Viola to shake off January and rejuvenate their European run, helped along by a host of new players -- but Parma will be smarting after Napoli broke their unbeaten home record last week, and ready to prove they still belong up near the big boys.

Genoa - Lazio

The rossoblu brought in enough players to practically field an entirely new squad. Which might be their best strategy for avoiding relegation, come to think of it.

Palermo - Atalanta

But Palermo did Genoa one better, signing ten players in January. Which is why it's going to be even more amusing when they lose at home to Atalanta.

Pescara - Bologna

Pescara are hovering just above the relegation zone and have mannequins masquerading as defenders patrolling the back line. So it makes sense they brought in a bunch of attacking players. To be fair, they found a couple of defenders too. And one isn't over the hill.

Siena - Inter Milan

From Siena's transfer dealings, it appears as though they're set to accept their fate, and slide gracefully back into Serie B. Inter will be grateful, as they could really use a solid win right about now.

AC Milan - Udinese (8:45 p.m. local, 2:45 p.m. ET)

Mario! Mario! Mario!

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