In three days, a true early-season favorite in Serie A will emerge from the top-of-the-table clash in Turin between Napoli and Juventus.
If you aren't aware of the bad blood that's brewed between the two clubs over the last several dramatic meetings, stop watching that soap opera. This is much better entertainment.
After only seven games, it’s difficult to conclude much, but the teams that have ascended to the very top and those that have descended to the very bottom of the standings seem likely to remain there.
Juventus, Napoli, Lazio and Internazionale appear to be a class ahead of the rest of the pack while Palermo and Siena are likely to be season-long occupants of at least two of the relegation places.
The muddle in the middle consists of a surprising Fiorentina, a steady Catania, an inconsistent Roma and the declining AC Milan and Udinese.
While it is way too early to pick a team of the season, here's what my Serie A starting XI would look like today.