SERIE A RESUMES AFTER MOROSINI DEATH

A look ahead to the weekend's action in the Italian Serie A.

Last Updated: 19/04/12 at 16:04 Post Comment

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Italy's footballers will return to the pitch this weekend with heavy hearts following the death of Piermario Morosini.

Last weekend's games were called off after the Livorno player collapsed and died last Saturday during a Serie B game at Pescara.

A minute's silence will be observed at all Serie A games this weekend in memory of Morosini, who was 25 and played on loan at Livorno from Udinese.

"He was an exceptional man, so full of life," Udinese captain Antonio Di Natale said.

"He was always at the disposal of the team and every day he was with us, he gave us all strength.

"What happened to him is tragic and unfortunate."

Udinese travel to Verona to face Chievo on Saturday.

Serie A leaders Juventus are riding a five-match winning streak and take on fifth-placed Roma on Sunday evening.

The Turin giants are unbeaten this season and are one point clear of AC Milan with six games remaining.

Milan are at the San Siro and square off against Bologna bolstered by the return of defender Daniele Bonera and midfielders Alberto Aquilani and Massimo Ambrosini from suspension.

Lazio will be looking to strengthen their grip on third place - the last Champions League qualifying spot - when they host 18th-place Lecce.

The Biancoceleste are three points clear of closest rivals Udinese.

Napoli are sixth and take on second-bottom Novara at the San Paolo stadium desperate to stop the rot. Their 3-1 defeat to Atalanta last time out was Napoli's third straight loss and extended their winless run to five games.

Inter Milan are level on 48 points with Napoli. The Nerazzurri have won just twice on the road this year and take on Fiorentina in Tuscany.

Mid-table Atalanta take on Catania in Sicily with both sides looking to take a giant step towards Serie A safety.

The Bergamaschi have collected 40 points from 32 games and lie two places and three points behind Catania.

Cagliari travel to Parma looking for their first win on the road since December 4.

Since then, the Sardinian outfit have taken three points - all from draws - of a possible 27.

Genoa will be under pressure to get a positive result against Siena knowing that anything but a win could see them fall into the relegation zone.

The Grifoni hold the last position of safety and are two points clear of Lecce.

Rock-bottom Cesena head into Sunday's encounter against Palermo at the Dino Manuzzi stadium knowing that a defeat could see them relegated to Serie B.

Cesena lie 15 points adrift of safety with 18 points still up for grabs.

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