The top three sides in Serie A last season were, in order, Juventus, Roma and Napoli.
After 10 rounds of the current season, those three teams are, once again, leading the table in the same order they finished last time around.
But that is not necessarily a sign that Italian domestic football is set for an unexciting repeat of least season.
There are numerous reasons to believe Serie A still has plenty to offer in 2014-15, and there are bound to be many twists and turns before the season ends.
Once again, Juventus and Roma look a good bet to take the top two spots, but the Bianconeri's stranglehold on the Scudetto is by no means safe.
Francesco Totti's team look to be very well positioned to bring an end to Juve's title-winning streak, or at the very least take the fight to the final few weeks of the season.
Roma went neck-and-neck with the Old Lady for the first five weeks of the campaign, then were very unlucky to lose 3-2 to the champions in Turin on the back of some controversial refereeing decisions.
That result is the only difference between the sides in the table at this point, and there is still the reverse fixture to be played at the Stadio Olimpico next year.
As for the places below the top two, Napoli may be up to third, but their progress has by no means been trouble-free.
Two losses and some unexpected draws early in the season meant they have had to fight their way up the table.
Both Sampdoria and Lazio have demonstrated they are much improved outfits from 2013-14, and they have both earned the right to eye up third place.
Samp's defence has been superb, while Lazio have played some delightful attacking football. Both will take some beating.
Genoa, too, are an extremely dangerous team. They may not be able to steamroll some of the weaker sides, but they have shown by beating the likes of Juventus and Lazio that they can take down anyone on their day.
Then you have teams such as Fiorentina and the two Milan clubs, who are much lower in the table than they would like to be. At least one of those clubs will surely begin to string some results together soon.
In short, it is somewhat down to happenstance that the Serie A ladder is momentarily mirroring the way it finished up last season.
There is plenty of excitement yet to come. Expect things to get shaken up quite a bit.