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With four sides battling it out for a place at Europe's top table, there are all sorts of scenarios available should two or more teams finish level on points

The race for the Champions League qualifying round spot is hotting up in Serie A, and any one of four sides battling for third place could yet triumph on the head-to-head rule.

After their 2-0 victory over Palermo last night, Napoli lead Inter, Udinese and Lazio by three points having played a game more than their rivals, but the pack can join them on 58 points if they win their round 36 matches tonight.

With head-to-head records taking precedence over goal difference in tie-break situations in Serie A, there are still scenarios which could see each side claim third spot if they finish level with one of their adversaries.

There are countless permutations, and the below table shows all of the possible scenarios relating to tied records come the end of the season.

HOW THE FOUR TEAMS WOULD BE SEPARATED
Teams tied
Head-to-head records
Pld Pts GD Superior team
Inter, Lazio, Napoli, Udinese Napoli 6 10 +4 NAPOLI
Udinese 6 8 -1
Inter 5 6 -2
Lazio 5 5 -1
           
Inter, Lazio, Udinese Udinese 4 7 +1 Udinese or Inter*
Inter 3 6 +2
Lazio 3 1 -3
           
Inter, Lazio, Napoli Napoli
4 7 +2 Napoli or Lazio*
Lazio 3 4 +1
Inter 3 3 -3
           
Inter, Napoli, Udinese Napoli
4 10 +6 NAPOLI
Udinese 4 4 -3
Inter 4 3 -3
           
Lazio, Napoli, Udinese   Lazio 4 5 0 Decided by goal difference
Napoli 4 5 0
Udinese 4 5 0
           
Inter, Lazio Inter 1 3 +1 Inter or Lazio*
Lazio 1 0 -1
           
Inter, Napoli Napoli
2 6 +4 NAPOLI
Inter 2 0 -4
           
Inter, Udinese Inter 2 3 +1 INTER
Udinese 2 3 -1
           
Lazio, Napoli Lazio 2 4 +2 LAZIO
Napoli 2 1 -2
           
Lazio, Udinese Udinese 2 4 +2 UDINESE
Lazio 2 1 -2
           
Napoli, Udinese Napoli 2 4 +2 NAPOLI
Udinese 2 1 -2

* Dependent on result of Lazio-Inter on May 13

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