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
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.