Serie A 2012, Week 24 Preview And Fixtures: Napoli, Inter Kick Off The Week With Friday Matches

CESENA, ITALY - FEBRUARY 19: Players of AC Milan celebrate during the Serie A match between AC Cesena and AC Milan at Dino Manuzzi Stadium on February 19, 2012 in Cesena, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Due to the European football schedule, Serie A Round 24 starts on Friday evening and continues through until Sunday night.

Why hello there. Did everyone enjoy their Thursday off from Serie A? Take a deep breath, because it all starts again on Friday evening -- and if that's not good enough, you can fill the gap with Europa League on Thursday night. Lazio and Udinese are handed the late matches on Sunday this week, thanks to their European escapades.

Speaking of Europe, Napoli and Inter take to the pitch early in Round 24, as both have Champions League matches to deal with next week. But will they live up to Milan's 4-0 thrashing of Arsenal? It's hard to believe that's even possible.

Saturday's a gentle day in Italy, yet it holds what could be a very appealing match. Juventus have been unbeaten since, well, since fish crawled out of the sea and started to walk, but that doesn't mean they're necessarily a thrilling side. Catania might be hovering midtable, but they're almost never a boring team to watch - -and they certainly won't be putting ten men behind the ball in a misguided attempt to gain a point. After last week's 4-0 victory over Genoa, the rossazzurri are even less likely to cower in fear.

Friday, February 17 (20:45 CET / 14:45 ET)

Fiorentina v Napoli

Inter Milan v Bologna

Saturday, February 18 (20:45 CET / 14:45 ET)

Juventus v Catania

Sunday, February 19 (all matches 15:00 CET / 9:00 ET unless otherwise noted)

Lecce v Siena (12:30 CET / 6:30 ET)
AS Roma v Parma
Cesena v AC Milan
Genoa v Chievo Verona
Novara v Atalanta
Palermo v Lazio (20:45 CET / 14:45 ET)
Udinese v Cagliari (20:45 CET / 14:45 ET)
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