Two promoted clubs who are currently clear of the relegation places meet when Pescara and Torino do battle at the Stadio Adriatico (2pm GMT, Sunday).
Pescara suffered an exodus of talent upon their promotion to the top flight. Coach Zdenek Zeman moved to Roma, loan stars Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne returned to their parent clubs and young playmaker Marco Verratti was sold to Paris Saint-Germain.
In the circumstances it is not surprising the Delfino struggled in the early part of this season, leading to the resignation of Giovanni Stroppa in mid-November with the club sat third from bottom with 11 points from 13 matches (0.85 per match).
His replacement, Cristiano Bergodi, also toiled with little reward at first. But Pescara have started to come good over the last month or so, winning three of their last five matches. They have moved up to 16th, having accumulated nine points from his seven matches in charge (1.29 per match).
Torino, too, have been in decent form recently, winning two and drawing two of their last five matches. They are currently 12th in the table with 23 points from five wins, nine draws and six defeats, having been deducted one point for match fixing offences prior to the season’s commencement.
The Granata were able to hold on to the vast majority of the squad that got them promoted and have performed steadily to date, their success built upon a strong defensive unit that has conceded less goals than all but four teams in the division.
This Preview’s Betting Tip: These teams are relatively well matched, with just three points separating them in the table. Pescara are yet to lead at half-time in any match, home or away, this season. Torino have been level at half-time in eight of their 10 away matches to date.