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Serie A preview: Title hopefuls face stern tests

23 March 2012 06:36

AC Milan are at home to Roma in the first Serie A match of the round this week, while Juventus await the visit of Inter on Sunday.

League leaders Milan sit four points clear of Juve at the top of the standings, and have a chance to extend their advantage when Luis Enrique brings his Roma team to San Siro.

Roma are sixth on the table, three points outside the Europa League qualification places and hopeful of upsetting the front-runners as they to bid to close the gap on fifth-placed Udinese.

For their part, Udinese will also play on Saturday, when they travel to face Palermo.

The bulk of the week's fixtures take place a day later on Sunday.

Atalanta, unbeaten in five matches, will look for a win at home to eighth-placed Bologna, who have won two of their last four.

Later, third-placed Lazio have a chance to record their first win in three matches when they welcome Cagliari to the Stadio Olimpico.

Just a point behind them are fourth-placed Napoli, who await the visit of Catania to the Stadio San Paolo.

Fiorentina suffered a humiliating 5-0 loss at home to Juve last week, hardly ideal preparation for this week's trip to face Genoa.

A crucial relegation clash takes place at the Stadio Comunale Silvio Piola, where the hosts, second-from-bottom Novara, square off with third-last Lecce.

Bottom side Cesena, 14 points adrift of safety, will continue their apparently vain struggle for survival away to Parma, who occupy the safety of 17th spot, while mid-table Siena are at home to strugglers Parma.

Second-placed Juve will try to keep pace the pressure on the leaders when they take on Inter Milan in Turin.

Juve's emphatic win over Fiorentina ended a frustrating run of four draws in succession, and Antonio Conte's title challengers remain undefeated in the league this season.

They drew 2-2 at home to Milan in the Coppa Italia semi-finals on Wednesday, sealing a 4-3 aggregate victory and a place in the final against Napoli.

Inter meanwhile are unbeaten from four matches in all competitions, but could only manage a 0-0 draw at home to Atalanta last time out.

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Competition
Serie A
Date
25 March 2012
Game week
29
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
2 - 0
Venue
Juventus Stadium (Torino)
Attendance
40102

Goals

M. Cáceres 57'
(assist by A. Pirlo) 
1 - 0
A. Del Piero 71'
(assist by A. Vidal) 
2 - 0

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
10 71'
19
18
20
23
30
34
# Player Bookings
7
37
14
12
19
23
26

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