Juve out to stretch Serie A lead

Written by admin on 30/07/2019 Categories: 苏州美睫

The battle for European qualification dominates Serie A this weekend when leaders Juventus visit basement side Catania expecting to stretch their league lead.


Juventus visit the Sicilian strugglers only days after striding into the Europa League quarter-finals thanks to a 1-0 win at Fiorentina.

With only four wins this season, Catania should be easy prey for Juventus as they begin the final stretch of 10 games boasting a 14-point lead over Roma, who have a game in hand.

Roma’s hopes of ending their 13-year wait for the scudetto have frittered away during recent draws away to Lazio and at home to Inter and an away defeat to Napoli.

With Juve showing little sign of slipping on the road to a third consecutive title, Roma are also under pressure from Napoli in the fight to secure the runners-up spot and an automatic Champions League qualifying place.

Napoli will be given a boost if they can account for a Fiorentina side that, like them, will be looking to refocus following Europa League elimination, Napoli following La Viola out the exit door after a 2-2 second leg draw for a 3-2 aggregate defeat to FC Porto.

For Rafael Benitez’s side, there is plenty of incentive. A win at home would help refocus the San Paolo faithful and stretch their lead over Fiorentina to 13 points.

Fiorentina sit just a point ahead of Inter and coach Vincenzo Montella said: “We’re disappointed, but now we have to turn the page and get our focus back on the league, where we have objectives.”

Inter host Atalanta hold a one-point lead over Parma, who have a game in hand.

But Walter Mazzarri’s men will likely be wary of the visitors, who stunned Napoli 3-0 in Bergamo and beat Lazio in Rome two weeks ago.

Inter have improved since Mazzarri began deploying a two-striker system comprising Argentinians Rodrigo Palacio and Mauro Icardi.

While Inter are unbeaten in their past six games, Palacio has hit a purple patch to take his goals tally to 13, which is only two behind league-leading compatriot and Juventus striker Carlos Tevez.

Milan, meanwhile, travel to Lazio for the latest in a string of “must-win” games but which, according to some reports, could carry serious ramifications for coach Clarence Seedorf if he is to keep his job.

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