Serie A 2012, Week 25 Preview And Fixtures: Milan Host Juve On Saturday, Inter Visit Napoli On Sunday

TURIN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 18: Giorgio Chiellini (C) of Juventus FC celebrates with his team-mates after scoring during the Serie A match between Juventus FC and Catania Calcio at Juventus Arena on February 18, 2012 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

There may be a full slate of Serie A matches this weekend, but let's be honest: all focus is on the clash at the top of the table, with Milan hosting Juventus.

For week 25, the scheduling gods at the FIGC decided to give us a cluster of matches that has the potential to be dreadfully boring, and then force us to choose between four teams vying for third as a way to round out our Sunday nights. We could all boycott Serie A in protest, but really, that's just going to hurt ourselves more than it hurts FIGC.

It's easy to know what to watch on Saturday -- first up, we have Parma visiting Genoa to see just how many goals are there for the taking. Genoa only conceded once in each of their past two matches, but that's no reason to believe the leaky drain has been patched. Then, of course, we have the match to end all matches, the must-watch of the weekend, the clash between the two teams fighting it out for the scudetto. Which means the game will likely to be about as thrilling as watching grass grow, but don't worry, we'll have a full preview up if that's the sort of thing that excites you.

On Sunday, everyone can have a lie-in as no matches start until midday. Then you'll be flipping a coin to see which "fighting against relegation" v "safe in midtable" match you'll want to watch. My vote is for Catania v Novara, but something tells me most will be watching Roma trying to catch Lazio with a win over Atalanta. In the evening, Fiorentina have a decent chance to halt their freefall as they visit Lazio, who might have to choose fans from the stands to field an 18-man squad. Udinese, who secured their spot in the Europa League Round of 16 on Thursday, travel to Bologna, who have recently remembered how to score. Finally, we have the world's hipster team, Napoli, welcoming underdogs Inter to the San Paolo.


Schedule, Week 25


Saturday

Genoa v Parma (18:00 CET/12:00 ET)

AC Milan v Juventus (20:45 CET/14:45 ET)

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

Atalanta v AS Roma

Cagliari v Lecce

Catania v Novara

Chievo Verona v Cesena

Siena v Palermo

Bologna v Udinese (20:45 CET/14:45 ET)

Lazio v Fiorentina (20:45 CET/14:45 ET)

Napoli v Inter Milan (20:45 CET/14:45 ET)

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