Juventus take form to Roma

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All Italy's eyes will focus on Rome tomorrow night as Juventus, shaping up as the most likely side to wrest the title away from Roma, take on the champions and current Serie A leaders in the Stadio Olimpico in the year's most mouth-watering fixture so far.

Having won in Turin earlier in the season, Roma may have a psychological advantage as well as the knowledge that they have not lost at home since March 2000.

Juventus, however, have won their last six matches and are Italy's leading scorers, with 41 goals. But Roma boast the meanest defence, with only 14 conceded.

Third-placed Internazionale could regain the lead in the event of a stalemate in Rome, although only if they win away to sixth-placed Bologna tomorrow afternoon.

Real Madrid's stumbling loss of form has opened up the race for the Spanish title. Currently, the top eight are separated by only four points. Pick of the weekend games sees Valencia, who claimed first place by defeating Alaves on Wednesday, at home to second-placed Celta Vigo tonight.

ITALIAN LEAGUE Today: Chievo v Udinese (7.30). Tomorrow (2pm unless stated): Atalanta v Brescia; Bologna v Internazionale; Lecce v Verona; Milan v Perugia; Parma v Lazio; Torino v Piacenza; Venezia v Fiorentina; Roma v Juventus (7.30).

SPANISH LEAGUE Today: Real Mallorca v Barcelona (7.30); Valencia v Celta Vigo (8.30). Tomorrow (4pm unless stated): Deportivo La Coruña v Villarreal; Espanyol v Valladolid; Malaga v Alaves; Osasuna v Rayo Vallecano; Real Betis v Athletic Bilbao (7.0); Real Madrid v Las Palmas; Real Sociedad v Real Zaragoza; Tenerife v Sevilla (5.0).

GERMAN LEAGUE Today (2.30): Hertha Berlin v VfB Stuttgart; VfL Wolfsburg v Energie Cottbus; Hansa Rostock v SC Freiburg; Werder Bremen v Kaiserslautern; Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund; Bayer Leverkusen v Borussia Moenchengladbach; Schalke 04 v FC St Pauli. Tomorrow (4.30): Nuremberg v TSV 1860 Munich; Hamburg SV v Cologne.

FRENCH LEAGUE Today (5.0): Metz v Montpellier; Olympique Lyon v Troyes.

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