Milan vs. Fiorentina  1 - 2


Serie A preview: Milan look to bounce back

7 April 2012 14:35

AC Milan host Fiorentina at the San Siro following their Champions League exit as chasers Juventus travel to Palermo in the Serie A.

Milan lead Antonio Conte's Juve by two points, a deficit that was reduced after their draw at Catania last Saturday.

Massimiliano Allegri's side bowed out of the Champions League to holder's Barcelona in controversial fashion on Tuesday after the Spanish giants were awarded two penalties in the first half.

Striker Alexandre Pato's season ended in disappointment with yet another muscle injury midweek, but Milan could welcome back forward Antonio Cassano after he was given the all clear to play following surgery for a heart condition back in October.

Meanwhile, Conte is determined not to allow complacency to derail Juventus' title pursuit when they travel to Sicily on Saturday.

"People are flooding us with praise right now, but that sends shivers through me, why? Because I have fear, I have fear that someone here will start to relax." Conte said this week.

But perhaps the most tantalising clash this weekend will be that of Napoli and Lazio.

The latter lead their opponents by three points and can consolidate their place in the final Champions League spot with victory on Sunday.

Napoli were humbled 3-0 by Juventus last start with defensive frailties costing them yet again.

Another loss on the weekend would see their hopes of a second-consecutive Champions League campaign all but ended.

Udinese welcome Parma to the Stadio Fruili on Saturday knowing a win, paired with a positive result in the Lazio-Napoli clash, could see them back in contention for a Champions League place.

Fancesco Guidolin's men failed to capitalise on Lazio and Napoli's inability to win last weekend as they went down by a goal at Siena and have not won in their last five starts, which has invited further pressure from below.

Roma routed Novara 5-2 last weekend to move within a point of Napoli and Udinese and face Lecce on Saturday, while a late charge from Inter Milan cannot be ruled out ahead of their trip to Cagliari.

In the remaining games on Saturday, Catania and Chievo do battle in a mid-table tussle while last-placed Cesena host Bologna.

Novara will look to bounce back against Genoa, who parted ways with manager Pasquale Marino in the week, and Atalanta entertain Siena.

Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +48 84
2 38 +41 80
3 38 +17 64
4 38 +9 62
5 38 +20 61
6 38 +3 58
7 38 +6 56
8 38 +1 56
9 38 -2 51
10 38 -10 49
11 38 -5 48
12 38 -2 46
13 38 -6 46
14 38 +0 44
15 38 -9 43
16 38 -10 43
17 38 -19 42
18 38 -16 36
19 38 -30 32
20 38 -36 22