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We’re approaching the final stretch in Serie A with just ten games to go until the season comes to a close.
League leaders Napoli remain on the cusp of a long-awaited Scudetto despite their unexpected 4-0 defeat to Milan last weekend, while the race for Champions League football is shaping up nicely.
At the bottom, relegation-threatened Verona, Sampdoria and Cremonese are in real danger of being cut adrift.
For all the key storylines, plus information on how to watch all six Serie A games live on BT Sport, read on.
Can Pioli inspire Rossoneri renaissance?
The demolition of Napoli could be the catalyst for a strong end to a season that has been in danger of petering out for Milan.
The Rossoneri’s form in 2023 has been wildly inconsistent, from beating Spurs in the Champions League last 16 to losing against Fiorentina and Udinese in Serie A.
It would only be a continuation of a recent trend if Milan fail to build on the victory over the Partenopei, but they should be confident of another three points on Friday night.
Their visitors at San Siro, Empoli, have won just one of their last nine and have a poor record away from home.
And Milan, despite their unpredictability, are generally strong at home. They should be too strong for Empoli and a win to remain in the top four will be the expectation.
With Rafael Leao back in the goals at Napoli and excellent performances from the likes of Sandro Tonali and Brahim Diaz, things are looking up for Stefano Pioli’s side.
Verona hoping for an Easter miracle
Hope is beginning to dwindle for Verona. There isn’t much light at the end of the tunnel and time is quickly running out as they look to avoid a return to Serie B.
A fifth successive season in the top flight looks increasingly unlikely, and the disappointment will be heightened by the top-half finishes of the previous three campaigns.
Verona’s decline has been significant - only 19th-placed Sampdoria have scored fewer goals in Serie A and manager Marco Zaffaroni, other than a brief upturn shortly after his appointment in December, has been unable to improve things.
The Gialloblu are now six points from safety after back-to-back defeats: a dismal 3-1 loss at Sampdoria and a 1-0 reversal against Juventus.
Verona are back on home soil this weekend but face one of Serie A’s form teams in Sassuolo. Alessio Dionisi’s mid-table side have won four and drawn one of their last five games, including a 4-3 victory at Roma.
It’s starting to look like a miracle is all that will save Verona, then. If they can pull off the unexpected against Sassuolo, perhaps a great escape is not out of the realm of possibility.
Mourinho still eyeing Champions League spots
Roma can thank the unconvincing form of both Inter and Milan for their continued involvement in the race for Champions League qualification.
Jose Mourinho will not have been overly impressed with his side’s recent form: just two wins from five in Serie A might have spelled the end of their hopes of a top four finish, but as it is not much has changed.
A 3-0 win over Sampdoria last time out and Inter’s defeat against Fiorentina meant Roma moved level on points with the Nerazzurri.
Next up, though, it’s a tricky away trip to Torino, hardly a guaranteed three points.
The Giallorossi will need their big players to step up as they look to put together a consistent run of results. Paulo Dybala has been in fine form of late, scoring against Sampdoria to take his tally to ten for the season in Serie A.
But the Argentine is the only Roma player to have reached double figures this season, a fact that highlights their struggles in front of goal.
Keeping things tight at the back will be the key, and who better than Mourinho to instil discipline in a team when it matters most.
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