Juventus eyes title against Palermo

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Updated: May 3, 2013

Juventus's Andrea Pirlo applauds the crowd

Juventus can clinch the Serie A title on
Sunday with a win over 17th-place Palermo at Juventus Stadium. But despite the
visiting side’s place in the table, Juve should expect a fight.

The Old Lady has won its last seven games to open up an 11-point gap at the
top of the league ahead of second-place Napoli.

Goals from Arturo Vidal and Claudio Marchisio helped Juve to a 2-0 derby win
over Torino last weekend, putting the club on brink of retaining the Scudetto.

It seems now just a matter of when, not if Juve will lift the trophy, and the
club would love to do so on home soil Sunday, with three games still
remaining.

But Palermo has put up a spirited fight against relegation that sees the club
bring a six-match unbeaten streak into Sunday’s contest.

That good run of form over the past month includes a 1-0 victory against Inter
Milan last weekend, which allowed the club to move out of the bottom three on
goal difference and give them a chance at surviving the drop.

Napoli will turn its attention to holding off AC Milan and Fiorentina in the
race for second place. The club owns a seven-point lead on Milan and is eight
clear of the Viola, and a win over Inter on Sunday would just about wrap
up the second spot.

Inter has plenty on the line as well as the Nerazzurri attempts to break a
string of one win in the last four games that has left the club in danger of
failing to qualify for a place in Europe.

Fourth-place Fiorentina sits just one point back of Milan and entertains
fifth-place Roma, which still has European ambitions of its own, while the
Rossoneri plays host to Torino, which sits four points clear of the bottom
three.

Lazio has won only one of its last eight games and entertains Bologna,
Cagliari visits Chievo, Udinese hopes to improve its European hopes with a win
over Sampdoria, while Parma hosts Atalanta.

The relegation picture continues to take shape and last-place Pescara will be
assured of being sent down with a loss at 18th-place Genoa. Siena sits two
points from safety and travels to Catania in another huge relegation clash.