Udinese confident as Roma eye rebound
The Bianconeri are showing no sign of slowing down and last weekend's 1-0 triumph over Inter Milan lifted the Friuli outfit level on 23 points with second-placed AC Milan.
The Udinese captain is happy with the club's performances against the bigger clubs and also believes Milan's European commitments could hinder their title chances. "For us, the word 'Scudetto' is huge. We are doing a great job in the league against the top teams and we can finish high up in the standings. But we must keep our feet firmly on the ground," Di Natale said.
"I see Juventus as favourites to win the Scudetto more than Milan because they are not playing in European competition. But Milan is always a top team," he added.
AC Milan will be looking to prove their credentials to Di Natale and they will be bolstered by the return of top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Sunday's trip to Bologna. The Swede sat out Wednesday's 2-2 draw at Viktoria Plzen in the UEFA Champions League, but has been declared fit as the Rossoneri look to retain their title.
Massimiliano Allegri's men are unbeaten in eight league games and trail leaders Juventus by two points heading into the match with Bologna, who hold the last position of safety above the relegation zone.
Napoli, meanwhile, visit Novara following their 2-0 midweek triumph at Villarreal. The result in Spain allowed Walter Mazzarri's men to reach the knockout round of the Champions League for the first time.
Fiorentina have not won on the road this season and travel to the San Siro looking to pile further misery on Inter Milan. Inter are in 16th place and head into Saturday's match on the back of defeats to Udinese and CSKA Moscow in Serie A and the Champions League respectively.
Cagliari halted a run of eight games without a win in last weekend's 1-0 triumph at Catania. The Sardinians host Parma on Sunday. Palermo, meanwhile, take on Cesena looking to extend their perfect record at La Favorita this season.
Atalanta have yet to lose at home and host a Catania side that has mustered just one win on the road so far. Genoa welcome back the team's top scorer Rodrigo Palacio for Saturday's match at Siena. Palacio missed last weekend's 2-0 defeat to Milan through suspension.
Rock-bottom Lecce square off against fourth-placed Lazio hoping the arrival of coach Serse Cosmi will spark the team into life. Lecce parted company with coach Eusebio Di Francesco after last weekend's 4-2 defeat at Napoli, their third straight loss.
Pressure on Roma
Juventus coach Antonio Conte expects a very difficult game at struggling Roma at the Stadio Olimpico on Monday. The Romans have lost two games in a row and are 12 points behind the Serie A leaders.
Last weekend's 3-0 defeat at Fiorentina piled further pressure on Roma coach Luis Enrique, whose team has just five league wins in 13 games. "We have great respect for Luis Enrique and Roma," Conte said. "They have great players and are a very good side."
Roma will not be at full strength with defender Juan, midfielder Fernando Gago and striker Bojan Krkic suspended. To add to Luis Enrique's woes, defenders Simon Kjaer, Nicolas Burdisso and Marco Cassetti are out injured.