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By ESPN Staff

Benevento captain Fabio Lucioni faces four-year ban after failing doping test

Fabio Lucioni helped Benevento win promotion to Serie A last season.

Benevento captain Fabio Lucioni risks a four-year ban from football after testing positive for a banned substance.

Lucioni was provisionally suspended by Italy's national anti-doping organisation on Friday after the steroid clostebol was found in a sample taken after Benevento's 1-0 loss to Torino on Sept. 10.

"While waiting for all the verifications of the matter to be carried out, I'll limit myself to saying that I have only followed the prescriptions of Benevento's club doctor and that I have...

 By Mina Rzouki

With the protection of Matuidi, Juve can quiet Torino's impressive attack

Gab Marcotti joins the FC panel to discuss the most recent slate of Serie A action, as Napoli and Juve stay perfect in the league.

Massimiliano Allegri is backing him, his teammates continue to dub him extraordinary, yet Gonzalo Higuain's form convinces few and concerns many. Short on confidence and seemingly match fitness, the Argentine has been ditched by his national team and forced to play second fiddle to an extraordinary Paulo Dybala at Juventus.

However, with the Derby della Mole coming up, Higuain just might rediscover his form. A player who struggles to perform on the big stage, he is a different beast altogether...

 By Terry Daley

Roma thriving under Di Francesco as Dzeko finds form and Kolarov thrives

Edin Dzeko celebrates one of his goals against Benevento.
Edin Dzeko's upturn in form comes at the same time as Roma are slipping into top gear.

After Roma's fraught goalless draw with Atletico Madrid last week, Edin Dzeko spoke honestly with Mediaset about the struggles he was having adapting to the formation and playing style preferred by new coach Eusebio Di Francesco.

Dzeko said he was suffering a lack of service and players like Radja Nainggolan, dropped back into a more generic midfield role, weren't offering the support they did last season, when he scored 39 goals in all competitions and grabbed the Capocannoniere crown with 29 league...

Juventus v Torino: Preview

Massimiliano Allegri expects a tough challenge in Juve's derby clash with what he sees as a much-improved Torino side.

Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic will happily take a 1-0 victory in this weekend's derby with Torino as he thinks the rival sides are evenly matched.

Juve approach the Derby della Mole second in the Serie A standings on goal difference to Napoli after winning all five of their opening fixtures, while city rivals Torino have won three and drawn two and sit in fifth place.

``I would like for the derby to end 1-0, because here at Juve I learned it's a great way to win,'' Pjanic told La Stampa newspaper.

``The...