Next Game

Juventus v Inter

Tuesday, 06 January 2015, 21:00

Italian Serie A

Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

Last Game

Inter 2 - 2 Lazio

Sunday, 21 December 2014, 19:45

Italian Serie A

Serie A weekend preview

Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri has vowed to cut third-placed AC Milan adrift as the Serie A season enters its final seven games this weekend.

Last Updated: 12/04/13 at 07:58 Post Comment

Napoli: Looking to secure second spot

Napoli: Looking to secure second spot

The Azzurri enjoy a four-point lead over Massimiliano Allegri's men so victory at San Siro would see the southern club move seven points clear while keeping pace with leaders Juventus.

The Italian champions must wait until Monday night to face Lazio, meaning Mazzarri's side could keep the race for the Scudetto alive by closing the gap to six points with victory on Sunday.

Mazzarri told sscnapoli.it: "This kind of match is unique and from a psychological point of view.

"AC Milan have made a great comeback so we know this is going to be tough. We will have to be brilliant and determined.

"Let's focus on these last few matches to consolidate our extraordinary season.

"We have more 14 points than we had last year and we want to qualify for the Champions League again. That would be an extremely impressive achievement."

Milan must cope without star striker Mario Balotelli, who starts a three-match ban after verbally abusing a referee during last week's draw at Fiorentina. The Italy international will also miss high-profile clashes against Juventus and Catania.

La Viola, meanwhile, are six points behind Milan and looking to narrow that gap with a positive result against Atalanta on Saturday night.

The Bergamo outfit stunned Inter Milan with a 4-3 victory at San Siro last time out and Andrea Stramaccioni must get the Nerazzurri back on track against Cagliari, who have been given permission to use the Stadio Nereo Rocco in Trieste.

The second Derby della Lanterna takes place this weekend with Genoa eager to avenge November's 3-1 defeat to newly-promoted Sampdoria with a reversed outcome at the Marassi.

While Samp are safe in mid-table, Genoa are struggling to break free of a three-way tie for 19th place with Siena and Palermo, who are showing signs of recovery at the right time.

The Sicilians claimed back-to-back victories for the first time this season in beating Samp 3-1 while Siena held resurgent Parma to a goalless draw in Tuscany.

Palermo host 12th-placed Bologna while Siena visit bottom side Pescara, who are six points adrift of safety and preparing for life in Serie B.

Elsewhere, Catania are looking to beat their all-time points record in the top flight by reaching 49 should they win at Chievo's Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi.

Parma take on Udinese and Torino host Roma in the weekend's remaining matches before Lazio welcome Juventus to the capital on Monday night.

The Biancocelesti could capitalise on any slip-up from Fiorentina to go fourth with victory over Juve, who are now out of the Champions League following a 4-0 aggregate defeat to Bayern Munich.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

really enjoyed this. Thanks F365 for another year of work avoidance - happy Christmas.

megabrow (cufc)
Our Person Of The Year: Alan Pardew

I

m no Sam Fan and this article sums him up beautifully. I always like to imagine that when he watches anything on TV and hears clapping, he stands up and aknowledges the applause, thinking its for him!

cozens
Football Managers On TV: Sam Allardyce

N

ah, Fergie is just having another pop at Rooney. He just wants to put him down whenever he gets a chance. Rooney is by far the best English player. Carrick is not far behind, mind. However, by elevating Carrick like that, Sir is having a dig at Wayne. Fergie is well-known for mind games like that. Good to see he's still feisty.

timbo
Van Gaal will thrive - Ferguson

Footer 365

Sky sources: Neil Warnock sacked by Crystal Palace after run of one win in 12 games

Neil Warnock has been sacked as manager of Crystal Palace, with Keith Millen placed in charge for Sunday's trip to QPR.

Rooney Enjoying 'Scholes' Role

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is revelling in his position as an attacking central midfielder, after he scored twice in the 3-1 victory over Newcastle at Old Trafford on Boxing Day.

Arsene Wenger admits Olivier Giroud deserved his red card for headbutting Nedum Onuoha

Arsene Wenger admits Olivier Giroud deserved his red card for headbutting Nedum Onuoha in Arsenal's 2-1 win over QPR.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property