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Milan to keep title push afloat against Roma 



AC Milan take their title push to Rome on Sunday looking to keep touch with leaders Inter in a top-four clash which could boost champions Juventus’s hopes of a 10th consecutive crown.

Stefano Pioli’s Milan are coming off back-to-back defeats and trail four points behind Inter who can hammer home their advantage against 11th-placed Genoa.

Roma in fourth, five points behind Milan, were held to a goalless draw last time out against Benevento.

Both Roma and Milan drew 3-3 in the reverse fixture.

It’s a clash between a Roma side who have collected the most league points at home this season with 30, and a Milan team that boasts the best away record — picking up 28 points on their travels.

“It will be a very important match against a great team that is doing well,” said Roma coach Paulo Fonseca.

The two teams advanced to the Europa League last 16 on Thursday, Roma easing past Portuguese side Braga 5-1 on aggregate, with Milan beating Red Star Belgrade on away goals after their tie finished 3-3.

Milan have stuttered in the new year, as they juggle league and Europa League commitments, and desperately want to avoid losing a fifth top-flight match in the first two months

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Inter host a resurgent Genoa, who have powered back into mid-table with a run of seven games without defeat under new coach Davide Ballardini.

Antonio Conte’s side are without any European football and have won four games in a row as they target a first league title since 2010.

In third, Juventus — eight points off top spot with a game in hand — face a tricky task at ninth-placed Hellas Verona.



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