Sunday, April 20, 2008

Checking in on Serie A

With four games to go in the Serie A season, Inter Milan appear poised to capture their third straight Scudetto. The Nerazurri lead Roma by six points, with three of their four remaining matches against teams in the bottom half of the table. The Milan derby is the only challenge left on their schedule. Inter, who drew 0-0 in their Coppa Italia semifinal first leg against Lazio, will look to capture the domestic double on the field for the first time in team history. (Their 2006 double came when they were awarded the Serie A crown after the Juventus match fixing scandal.)

Second place Roma have a firm grip on Italy's second berth in the Champions League group stages, leading third place Juventus by five points. It's an eight-point drop down to fourth where Fiorentina, still alive in the UEFA Cup, will look to hold off AC Milan and Sampdoria for fourth place and a slot in the Champions League qualifying third round. Fiorentina lead both teams by four points and are home to Sampdoria next Sunday.

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