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With Juventus hot on their heels, Milan can't afford more slip-ups to retain the Scudetto

April 6, 2012 By Gregory Sica
Milan and Juve are in must-win situations against Fiorentina and Palermo, respectively, while Lazio, Napoli, Roma and Inter search for a place in Europe in Saturday's wild Serie A soccer fest.

Apr 7, 2012: Cagliari vs Inter Milan

A rejuvenated Inter Milan will be looking for their second consecutive victory under interim coach Andrea Stramaccioni when they take on Cagliari at the Stadio Nereo Rocco. The arrival of Stramaccioni appears to have motivated the side, after a miserable spell under Claudio Ranieri, but although his era commenced on a bright note in a 5-4 victory over Genoa, his side clearly needs heaps of improvement, especially in a defensive sense. Due to last weekend's success, Stramaccioni has once again named a three-man attack comprising of the South American trident of Diego Forlan, Diego Milito and Mauro Zarate. An Inter triumph could possibly ignite their hunt for an unlikely place in Europe next season.

Apr 7, 2012: Lecce vs Roma

Roma have won their last six games against Lecce in all competitions, and are more than aware that if they make it seven on Saturday it will significantly improve their possibilities of qualifying for Europe next season. Luis Enrique's side thumped Novara 5-2 last weekend, and will once again be hoping to fire on all cylinders against another side that are fighting against the drop to the second division. But a desperate Lecce will be looking to cause an upset, as they did against Inter Milan at the Stadio Via del Mare earlier in the season. 

Apr 7, 2012: Milan vs Fiorentina

After their frustrating Champions League elimination at the hands of Barcelona midweek, AC Milan will be hoping to return to winning ways when they welcome Fiorentina to the San Siro for a crucial Serie A clash on Sunday. Having been held to a 1-1 draw against Catania last weekend, the Rossoneri have no choice but to obtain maximum points, because if they don't Juventus will have the possibility to overtake them at the top of the table, with only eight games left to play in the season. This could seriously dent Milan's chances of winning back-to-back league titles.

Apr 7, 2012: Palermo vs Juventus

Juventus travel to Sicily to take on Palermo knowing that they are in a must-win situation if they want to oust Milan for the Scudetto. With their 3-0 thrashing of Napoli last weekend, the Bianconeri extended their unbeaten run to 30 games and will be confident about making it 31 against a depleted Palermo. Juve find themselves only two points behind league leaders Milan, and will be hoping to repeat their impressive 3-0 victory over Palermo last November. Coach Antonio Conte is expected to play with three-men up front, these being Simone Pepe, Alessandro Matri and Mirko Vucinic. Will this approach pay dividends?

Apr 7, 2012: Lazio vs Napoli

As the race for a top-three finish hottens up, direct rivals Lazio and Napoli will be desperate of destroying each other's chances of grabbing the last Champions League spot. Third-placed Lazio lead fourth-placed Napoli by just three points, and will be hoping to return to winning ways after suffering a third defeat in four Serie A games against Parma last weekend. Lazio, who will be unable to count with the services of seven first-team regulars, held Napoli to a goalless stalemate in Naples last November, and will strive to make the most of their home advantage at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday. But in order to secure a positive result, first they must find a way to contain Napoli scoring-machine Edinson Cavani.


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