Thursday, 5 August 2010

[2010-11] Serie B fixtures released

Atalanta will kick off the new Serie Bwin season with a tricky home tie against Vicenza on the weekend of August 22.

The recently-relegated Bergamo outfit are seeking immediate promotion back into Serie A as are rivals Livorno, who host Sassuolo on the opening day, and Siena, who travel to newcomers Pescara.

The 2010-11 fixtures were released separately from the top-flight calendar for the first time following the summer split at a ceremony held at the Lega Serie B's headquarters in Milan this afternoon.

Ancona failed to prove their financial stability and were thrown out of the second tier, so relegated Triestina were recalled and they open with a home game against Albinoleffe.

The pick of the other Week 1 fixtures sees Torino going head-to-head with promoted Varese, Reggina playing host to Crotone and Frosinone welcoming Empoli.

Excluding the three midweek rounds (October 13, November 9 and March 1), international weeks and the holiday periods, most of the second division matchdays will have a match scheduled for Friday and Monday nights (at 1945 UK time), with the rest played on Saturday afternoons (1400 UK time).

To avoid the summer heat, however, matches on the first two weekends will all be played in the evenings with a decision due shortly on the exact dates and kick-off times for games in the early part of the campaign.

The regular season concludes on May 29 and the final day fixtures include: Albinoleffe-Siena, Grosseto-Atalanta, Livorno-Frosinone, Sassuolo-Reggina, Torino-Padova and Vicenza-Empoli.

The end-of-season play-off semi-finals are pencilled in for June 2 and 6, with the two-legged final to be held on June 9 and 13. The play-out finals will take place on June 4 and 12.

Week 1 Fixtures
20/22/23 August 2010
Atalanta v Vicenza
Frosinone v Empoli
Grosseto v Ascoli
Livorno v Sassuolo
Modena v Piacenza
Padova v Novara
Pescara v Siena
Portogruaro v Cittadella
Reggina v Crotone
Torino v Varese
Triestina v Albinoleffe

Complete Fixture List:
[Serie B 2010-11]

Source: Lega Serie B

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