The international break is finally over and that means that Serie A is back in action. After seven rounds, only one team continues to boast a perfect 100 per cent winning record, and no, it's not reigning Scudetto champs Inter, record-setters Juventus, or an ambitious Milan side.
Rather, it's Napoli, who under Luciano Spalletti have had a flying start to the season. Will they be able to keep up the momentum, though?
Here's all you need to know ahead of matchday eight.
Serie A standings heading into matchday eight
Serie A games you won't want to miss on matchday eight
Lazio vs Inter: Lazio did start off brightly, but have since fallen off the pace, and this game will be especially interesting as it will be the first time Simone Inzaghi faces his former side. The younger brother of iconic striker Pippo Inzaghi previously managed Lazio before moving on to Inter following Antonio Conte's departure, and now he'll be facing players he managed for several seasons. Inter are still unbeaten so far this season, but two draws from their last five have seen them slip four points behind Napoli.
Milan vs Hellas Verona: Currently in second spot and two points behind league leaders Napoli, Milan will look to get off to a flying start when they welcome Hellas Verona. The Rossoneri, however, have been dealt a major blow due to the long-term absence of star shot-stopper Mike Maignan, who's set to miss at least two months due to wrist surgery. Milan have also floundered in the Champions League and Maignan's injury just adds more pressure for Stefano Pioli, who already has a hefty injury and illness list.
Napoli vs Torino: With seven wins from seven, it's safe to say that Luciano Spalletti is enjoying his debut term in Naples. The Partenopei have a two point lead over the chasing pack thanks to their very impressive start, and given that Torino come into this match winless in their last three, this will be a great chance for Napoli to get some additional points on the board and potentially extend their lead.
Juventus vs Roma: Juventus had a horrible start to the season, failing to win their first four games for the first time since the early 1960's. However, things have seemingly improved for Massimiliano Allegri's side, as they've won three on the spin to start working their way up the table. Interestingly, La Vecchia Signora don't seem to have as much trouble in the Champions League, where they've won their first two games without conceding a goal. They'll be welcoming a Roma side who are now under the tutelage of Jose Mourinho, and the Giallorossi will be very keen on getting back on track as they have alternated between a win and a loss from their last five matches.
Team news for matchday eight
Here's who's out or in doubt for matchday eight
*All info as of 15 October 2021
Napoli: Konstantinos Manolas (Ankle Sprain), Adam Ounas (Thigh Muscle Strain), Kévin Malcuit (Muscular Strain), Andrea Petagna (Adductor problems)
Milan: Brahim Díaz (Unknown Injury), Tiemoué Bakayoko (Muscle Injury), Theo Hernández (COVID-19), Alessandro Florenzi (Meniscal Injury), Junior Messias (Torn Muscle), Alessandro Plizzari (Knee Surgery), Mike Maignan (Wrist Injury)
Inter: Christian Eriksen (Heart Condition), Stefano Sensi (Knee Injury), Gabriel Brazão (Knee Injury)
Juventus: Aaron Ramsey (Unknown Injury), Adrien Rabiot (Corona virus), Álvaro Morata (Torn Muscle Fibre)
Roma: Chris Smalling (Hamstring Injury), Leonardo Spinazzola (Achilles tendon rupture)
Lazio: Francesco Acerbi (Red card suspension), Bobby Adekanye (Meniscal Injury)
Serie A matchday eight fixtures