Heading into the final weekend of fixtures in Serie A, the vast amount of the key issues have been resolved. Juventus are champions, whilst Roma and Napoli have taken the other two Champions League spots.
The relegated teams are known, as Catania, Bologna and Livorno cannot save themselves from the drop on the final day. Even the two regular Europa League places have already been grasped by Fiorentina and Inter Milan.
However, there is a third and final Europa League place up for grabs on the final day of the season, and there are as many as four teams that can secure that place in Europe next season.
|Serie A Standings After Week 38|
The third Europa League spot is reserved for the winner of the Coppa Italia, or if it has already qualified for Europe, then the runner-up is awarded its place. However, when both finalists have qualified for European competition, as Napoli and Fiorentina have this year, the final Europa League place goes to the team that finishes sixth in Serie A.
Torino currently hold the prized sixth spot, but they are just a point ahead of Parma and two ahead of AC Milan and Verona. None of the three teams meets on the final day, so if Torino win, then the place in the Europa League is theirs, but if they slip up, three teams are ready to pounce.
Lazio are still only three points behind Torino in 10th, but Serie A is decided on head-to-head record primarily. Seeing as Torino have taken four points off Lazio this season, the side from Rome cannot now overtake them.
|Serie A Week 38 Fixtures|
|17 May||7:45 p.m. BST/2:45 p.m. ET||Udinese||v||Sampdoria|
|18 May||2 p.m. BST/9 a.m. ET||Juventus||v||Cagliari|
|18 May||2 p.m. BST/9 a.m. ET||Genoa||v||Roma|
|18 May||7:45 p.m. BST/2:45 p.m. ET||Catania||v||Atalanta|
|18 May||7:45 p.m. BST/2:45 p.m. ET||Lazio||v||Bologna|
|18 May||7:45 p.m. BST/2:45 p.m. ET||Napoli||v||Verona|
|18 May||7:45 p.m. BST/2:45 p.m. ET||Chievo||v||Inter|
|18 May||7:45 p.m. BST/2:45 p.m. ET||Parma||v||Livorno|
|18 May||7:45 p.m. BST/2:45 p.m. ET||AC Milan||v||Sassuolo|
|18 May||7:45 p.m. BST/2:45 p.m. ET||Fiorentina||v||Torino|
Fiorentina v Torino
As mentioned, Torino have the situation in their own hands; however, they face a difficult trip to Florence to take on Fiorentina. The men in purple may have nothing to play for, but they are still a dangerous proposition on their home turf.
Torino are in fine form, though, and have not lost in their last seven, winning twice on their travels in that time.
Parma v Livorno
If Torino fail to win in Florence, then Parma will surely capitalise, as they take on the division's bottom club in front of their own fans on the final Sunday of the season. Livorno have been woeful all season but especially bad in recent weeks, as they have picked up just one point from their last nine games.
Parma have not been at their best, with just one win in their last five outings, but they should have no problem dispatching Livorno.
The twist in the tale is that Parma do not hold a UEFA license, meaning they would not be allowed to compete in the Europa League next season. However, the club released a statement which illustrated their confidence that this would not be an issue, per Gazzetta dello Sport (via Football Italia):
In response to the reports in today's Press about our UEFA license, Parma FC announces that it has fulfilled its outstanding payment.
This is in adherence to the rules and regulations of the licensing system.
Parma FC is now extremely confident that the upcoming assessment by the commission will show it to have complied with the rules outlined for UEFA licensing.
So it appears to be a straight shootout between Torino and Parma for that final Europa League spot. If they both fail on the final day, then AC Milan can steal in with a win over Sassuolo, whilst Verona can only make up the ground if all three teams above them do not win.
Torino have their destiny in their own hands, but Parma will be quietly confident that Fiorentina will do them a favour on Sunday.
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