Serie A run-in: Juventus close in on Scudetto as Milan clubs battle for Europe

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The Bianconeri look certain to add another title to their trophy cabinet but Palermo have suffered relegation to Serie B once again

For the sixth season in a row, Juventus are set to win the Scudetto as Serie A champions.

Despite the summer departures of Paul Pogba and Alvaro Morata, no one has been able to stop the Bianconeri marching to another championship captured on the back of a watertight defence and the goals of new signing Gonzalo Higuain.

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They have not yet quite been crowned, but could cross the line on Sunday at the Stadio Olimpico when they take on Roma, their closest challengers.

Further down the table, there is still plenty to play for when it comes to European qualification and relegation to Serie B. Here is your complete guide to the Serie A run-in as the season reaches its final stage.


LEAGUE TABLE


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Juventus (CL) 35 27 4 4 71 23 +48 85
2 Roma (EL) 35 25 3 7 79 32 +47 78
3 Napoli (EL) 35 23 8 4 81 36 +45 77
4 Lazio (EL) 35 21 7 7 70 42 +28 70
5 Atalanta 35 19 8 8 59 40 +19 65
6 Milan 35 17 8 10 52 42 +10 59
7 Inter 35 17 5 13 63 44 +19 56
8 Fiorentina 35 15 11 9 57 49 +8 56
9 Torino 35 12 14 9 65 56 +9 50
10 Sampdoria 35 12 10 13 45 49 -4 46
11 Udinese 35 12 8 15 44 49 -5 44
12 Chievo 35 12 6 17 39 54 -15 42
13 Cagliari 35 12 5 18 48 67 -19 41
14 Sassuolo 35 11 7 17 47 55 -8 40
15 Bologna 35 10 8 17 36 52 -16 38
16 Genoa 35 8 9 18 34 59 -25 33
17 Empoli 35 8 8 19 26 55 -29 32
18 Crotone 35 7 7 21 30 54 -24 28
19 Palermo (R) 35 4 8 23 30 74 -44 20
20 Pescara (R) 35 2 8 25 32 76 -44 14

Key: Champions League place; Europa League place; relegation zone. (CL) = Champions League place assured; (EL) = Europa League place assured; (R) = relegated.


THE TITLE RACE


Gianluigi Buffon Juventus Serie A

Juventus are seven points clear of second-place Roma and can win the title by avoiding defeat against their nearest challengers at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday. A draw is enough to secure the championship even if Napoli beat Torino earlier in the day as Juve have earned more head-to-head points against Maurizio Sarri's men this season.

After Roma, the Bianconeri will host struggling Crotone before visiting Bologna.


EUROPEAN QUALIFICATION


Suso AC Milan Serie A

Juventus have already guaranteed their place in next season's Champions League. Unless they lose their remaining three games and both Roma and Napoli win all of theirs, they will qualify directly for the group stage as champions or runners up. The team finishing in third place must go through the play-off round, which comprises of a two-legged qualifying tie.

Roma, Napoli and Lazio will battle it out for the other spots; the former two clubs need to reach 79 points to virtually guarantee their places in Europe's top competition.

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All three clubs are assured of at least a place in the Europa League. The teams finishing fourth, fifth and sixth will all qualify for that competition, with the third spot handed down to the league as a result of the fact Juventus and Lazio, who have already qualified for Europe, are the Coppa Italia finalists.

Atalanta need one more point to confirm their Europa League qualification, meaning AC Milan, Inter and Fiorentina are likely to battle it out for the final place. Torino also have an outside chance but will need Milan to lose their three remaining games, Inter to pick up no more than two points and Fiorentina no more than three.


RELEGATION


Aleksandar Tonev Crotone Serie A

Pescara and Palermo have been relegated, with the former currently sitting bottom of the pile with just two wins to their name all season.

Crotone are most at risk of joining them, but Empoli and Genoa are not yet safe. Crotone currently trail those two teams by four and five points respectively with three games to play and still have to travel to Juventus, so one win each for Empoli and Genoa is likely to mean curtains.

If Crotone finish level with Empoli, Crotone will survive due to their superior head-to-head record. Genoa have a head-to-head edge over both of their rivals.


FIXTURES


Round 36:

Time (BST) Home Away Date
17:00 Fiorentina Lazio Saturday, May 13
19:45 Atalanta Milan Saturday, May 13
11:30 Inter Sassuolo Sunday, May 14
14:00 Bologna Pescara Sunday, May 14
14:00 Cagliari Empoli Sunday, May 14
14:00 Crotone Udinese Sunday, May 14
14:00 Palermo Genoa Sunday, May 14
14:00 Sampdoria Chievo Sunday, May 14
14:00 Torino Napoli Sunday, May 14
19:45 Roma Juventus Sunday, May 14

Round 37:

Time (BST) Home Away Date
17:00 Chievo Roma Saturday, May 20
19:45 Napoli Fiorentina Saturday, May 20
14:00 Milan Bologna Sunday, May 21
14:00 Empoli Atalanta Sunday, May 21
14:00 Genoa Torino Sunday, May 21
14:00 Juventus Crotone Sunday, May 21
14:00 Sassuolo Cagliari Sunday, May 21
14:00 Udinese Sampdoria Sunday, May 21
19:45 Lazio Inter Sunday, May 21
19:45 Pescara Palermo Monday, May 22

Round 38:

Time (BST) Home Away Date
19:45 Roma Genoa Sunday, May 28
19:45 Atalanta Chievo Sunday, May 28
19:45 Bologna Juventus Sunday, May 28
19:45 Cagliari Milan Sunday, May 28
19:45 Crotone Lazio Sunday, May 28
19:45 Fiorentina Pescara Sunday, May 28
19:45 Inter Udinese Sunday, May 28
19:45 Palermo Empoli Sunday, May 28
19:45 Sampdoria Napoli Sunday, May 28
19:45 Torino Sassuolo Sunday, May 28

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