After stuttering recently, Fiorentina and Inter can get back on track this weekend as they seek to secure UEFA Europa League qualification.
The sides sitting fourth and fifth respectively in Serie A have each suffered dips in form of late.
Fiorentina have won just two of their last eight league matches, while Inter are winless in three and boast only two victories in seven.
However, after sixth-placed Parma suffered a 4-2 defeat at Roma on Wednesday, both Fiorentina and Inter will be eager to cement their top-five slots.
Inter welcome struggling Bologna to San Siro on Saturday and Vincenzo Montella's men host an Udinese side that appear all but safe from relegation the following day.
Fiorentina were beaten by Milan in their last home game and then drew 0-0 with Sampdoria last time out.
Inter have arguably displayed even more frustrating form, however, losing to in-form Atalanta before dropping further points in draws with Udinese and Livorno.
Their failure to claim victory at the Stadio Armando Picchi came about after a lapse in concentration from Fredy Guarin, who played a catastrophic backpass that enabled Innocent Emeghara to pull Livorno level at 2-2 five minutes from time.
Despite seeing his side give up a two-goal lead, Inter coach Walter Mazzarri did his best to remain positive.
"Those of you who saw the match realise it's one of those years, it needs to be looked at in a certain way," he said.
"Let's try to take the good points out of it, the character we showed until - perhaps unconsciously - the lads thought the game was over."
Parma face another tricky test on Sunday against Napoli, with Atalanta and Lazio - in seventh and eighth - also holding out hope of earning Europa League football.
There is unlikely to be drama in the battle for UEFA Champions League places.
Despite suffering a rare defeat against Napoli last time out, champions Juventus boast an 11-point advantage at the summit and both Roma and Napoli are some way clear of Fiorentina.
In what could be a defining week at the bottom, Livorno and Sassuolo have tough away games at Juve and Atalanta.
Chievo, two points above the drop zone in 16th, host Verona and rock-bottom Catania welcome Torino to the Stadio Angelo Massimino.
Cagliari look all but safe from the drop ahead of their clash with Roma while Clarence Seedorf's Milan will hope to build on their recent upturn in form when they take on Genoa.
Lazio face Sampdoria in the other fixture this weekend.
|Coach: V. Montella|
for J. Iličić 75'
for Ryder Matos 78'
for D. Pizarro 90+4'
|Qatar hit back at Dyke|
|Monreal happy at Arsenal|
|Van Persie hints at United exit|
|Zico may run for FIFA presidency|
|Castro: Emery has Napoli offer|
|Schafer finalises Jamaica squad|
|US Soccer, FFA welcome Blatter resignation|
|Blatter decision unrelated to corruption allegations - daughter|
|CONCACAF ready to help rebuild FIFA|
|Champions League Final: Luis Enrique worried about Juve, Italian fan nears end of Berlin bike ride|
|Essien joins Panathinaikos|
|Blatter in profile: A look back on 17 years at the top of world football|
|Demichelis set for international retirement after Copa|
|Football world reacts to Blatter resignation|
|Blackpool turn to McDonald|
|Blatter resignation: How the FIFA scandal unfolded|
|Ancelotti rejects Milan approach|
|Platini: Blatter resignation ´the right decision´|
|Swiss Attorney General: Blatter not under investigation|
|Blatter resignation can inspire FIFA change - Scala|
|Mohsni faces lengthy SFA ban|
|Sepp Blatter: Resignation speech in full|
|Blatter to resign as FIFA president|
|Adkins named Sheffield United manager|
|Juve talks ongoing - Witsel|
|Costa has no intention of leaving Chelsea|
|Ligue 1: Paris Saint-Germain season review - Blanc´s men make history|
|Luis Enrique ´worried´ by Juve|
|Mourinho: Costa happy at Chelsea|
|Mourinho hits out at ´unacceptable´ Loftus-Cheek display|
|Inter an ´option´ for Richards|
|Messi: Off-field relationship with Neymar and Suarez key|
|Remy rifle seals Sydney win for Chelsea|
|Messi could replicate Bilbao goal - Luis Enrique|
|Liverpool mauling a boost in transfer market, says Stoke chairman Coates|
|Adkins: Football can learn a lot from rugby|
|Celtic swoop for City defender Boyata|
|Xavi out to sign off in style at Barca|
|Criscito and Poli leave Italy squad|
|Lacazette plays down ´unfounded´ PSG rumours|
|Lloris: No buy-out clause in Tottenham contract|
|Newcastle released Taylor and Gutierrez in same phone call|
|Alba signs new Barcelona deal|
|Benteke coy on Villa future|
|FIFA denies Valcke involvement in $10million payment|
|Brazil selection never influenced, says technical director|
|Pogba doing ´great things´ and will get better, says Deschamps|
|Bundesliga: Borussia Dortmund season review - Klopp endures rocky farewell|
|Adler ´aged three years´, Labbadia ´extremely proud´ of Hamburg|
|Colombia squad settles in Argentina|
|Balotelli ´a target´ because of Liverpool form - Richards|
|Bosnich: If I´d listened to Terry I would have avoided drugs|
|Luiz Gustavo ruled out of Brazil´s Copa America squad|
|Mexico confirm Copa squad|
|Pogba ´very happy´ at Juve|
|Pogba can be Europe´s greatest - Pirlo|
|Pinedo stays in Argentina, Bolivia captain Raldes in Copa America squad|
|Quinteros cuts Banguera, Hidalgo for Chile showpiece|
|Injured Gonzalez misses Copa America, Venezuela finalise youthful squad|
|Champions League Final: Buffon plays down Juve hopes, Iniesta doubtful|
|Karlsruher 1 Hamburg 2 (2-3 agg): Muller strike ensures survival|
|CONCACAF official Sanz banned by FIFA|
|Gourvennec shuns admirers with Guingamp extension|
|Pastore signs PSG extension|
|Morel swaps Marseille for Lyon|
|Watford sign Austria defender Prodl|
|Monaco confirm Berbatov departure|
|Peru v Mexico: Herrera confident as Copa preparations continue|
|Injury rules Dost out of Netherlands friendlies|
|Koeman must strengthen attack for Europa League challenge - McMenemy|
|Wilshere apologises for Spurs taunts|
|Marchisio: No fear ahead of Barcelona clash|
|Klopp to take break after leaving Dortmund|
|Champions League win would be ´more than extraordinary´ - Allegri|
|Charity calls for education after Leicester ´racist orgy´ claims|
|Taylor agrees Swansea deal|
|Sevilla snare Krohn-Dehli|
|Coloccini hails Gutierrez after ´perfect´ Newcastle finale|
|Benitez excited by Madrid opportunity|
|Sampaoli confirms final Chile squad for Copa America|
|Clement ready to go it alone at Derby|
|Mihajlovic confirms Sampdoria exit|
|Brentford turn to Dijkhuizen|
|Usami, Moto to lead Japan qualifying threat|
|Vieira ´the best bet´ for Newcastle - Bernard|
|´We´ll see what happens with my future´ - De Gea|
|Klinsmann: Guzan will start at Gold Cup|
|Alves wants Barca extension not PSG - Blanc|
|Derby appoint Paul Clement as head coach|
|Karlsruher ´can only win´ - Kauczinski|
|Ronaldinho causes stir with disallowed goal|
|Szczesny plans Arsenal stay|
|Pioli: Lazio deserve Champions League qualification|
|Pablo Aimar makes River Plate return|
|MLS Review: Seattle leave it late against Red Bulls|
|Wenger: Arsenal won´t spend big|
|Police to investigate Rangers-Motherwell fight|
|´I will definitely stay´ at City - Toure|
|Champagne backs Blatter to reform FIFA|
|Honduras 2 El Salvador 0: Penalty, goal and red card to Lozano|
|Mancini wants Icardi to stay|
|Sampdoria set to speak on Mihajlovic future|