ROME (AP) — Closing in on its third successive Serie A title, Juventus will be watching very closely when second-place Roma hosts an AC Milan squad that is on a five-match winning streak Friday.
If Roma fails to beat Milan and Juventus then wins at relegation-threatened Sassuolo on Monday, the Turin club will have clinched the championship.
With four rounds remaining, Juve holds an eight-point advantage.
Juve also holds the edge over Roma following their 3-0 win against the capital club in January. However the overall head-to-head record between the two sides won't be finalized until the penultimate round when Roma hosts the Turin club. In the unlikely event that both teams are level on points before or after they face each other, their head-to-head fixtures will determine the destination of the title.
Here are five things to know about Serie A entering the 35th round:
RESILIENT ROMA: The Giallorossi are on a seven-match winning streak and refuse concede the title until it is mathematically out of reach.
"I still believe in the scudetto. Anything is still possible," Roma coach Rudi Garcia said Wednesday. "Although clearly we have to win all of our matches, starting with Milan. And if that happens then let's see what Juve does with Sassuolo. If Juve doesn't win, then everything will be wide open."
With a 1-0 win at fourth-place Fiorentina last weekend, Juve clinched at least second place and direct entry to the Champions League.
"I want to stay at Roma, but with a competitive squad that can play the Champions League and fight for the scudetto at the same time," said Garcia, a Frenchman who is completing an impressive first season in Italy. "We're not going to play the Champions League to win it — because the way things stand now that's not possible — but I want to at least be a factor in the group stage and reach the second round."
MILAN SUITORS: Singapore tycoon Peter Lim has reportedly made a €500 million ($700 million) offer to purchase AC Milan.
The Gazzetta dello Sport splashed the offer on its front page Thursday and it didn't take long for Fininvest, the holding company of Milan president Silvio Berlusconi, to issue a statement saying it "denies once again any possible sale for control of Milan."