Udinese head crucial European fight
All eyes will be on the Stadio Friuli on Sunday night when Udinese host Serie A champions AC Milan needing just a point to finish fourth and clinch a spot in next season's UEFA Champions League.
With one game remaining, Udinese are hoping to join AC Milan, Inter Milan and Napoli in Europe's elite club competition next season. The Friuli outfit is two points clear of fifth-placed Lazio, who travel to Lecce this weekend. The last time Udinese played in the Champions League was in the 2005/06 campaign.
Massimiliano Allegri's Milan are on a seven-match unbeaten run in the league although they lost their chance of a Serie A and Coppa Italia double when falling at Palermo shortly after clinching the Scudetto. "AC Milan are not just any team but the Serie A champions," said Udinese coach Francesco Guidolin.
"We need one more point (to make sure of fourth place) but it will be very difficult. We need to be focused and ready for the task that awaits us. We have to make the most of our chances in order to obtain the result that would take us to paradise."
Inter, who have assured themselves of a second-placed finish, host Catania this weekend with one eye set on next week's Coppa Italia final in Rome. They will go into that match against Palermo as the holders.
Sunday's match against Napoli could be Luigi Delneri's last game in charge of Juventus. The Turin giants have yet to confirm if Delneri, who joined the club last summer, will remain next season following a disappointing campaign. Juve trail sixth-placed Roma by three points with one game remaining.
Roma hold the final UEFA Europa League qualifying place. Juve need to beat third-placed Napoli and hope Roma lose at home to already-relegated Sampdoria this weekend if they are to play in Europe next season.
Palermo coach Delio Rossi may rest some of his usual first-team starters against Chievo on Sunday in view of next week's final against Inter Milan. Genoa will be looking to make it four wins in a row at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris when they host Cesena on Sunday.
Bologna will hope for one final victory when they take on bottom side Bari at home on Sunday. The Rossoblu have not won since 13 March and have claimed just a single win in their last ten league games.
Parma have won four of their last six games, including victories over Inter Milan, Udinese and Juventus. The Gialloblu visit out-of-form Cagliari on Sunday.
The Mario Rigamonti stadium will be sold out as the city of Brescia hosts its last Serie A match for the foreseeable future this weekend. Brescia, who have already been relegated to Serie B, host Fiorentina on Sunday. Last weekend's 1-0 defeat at Cesena was Brescia's 20th loss of the campaign and left them in 19th place.