What to expect on the final day of Serie A in the Champions League race
We're all set for a dramatic final day in Serie A as only three points separate the four sides gunning for two remaining Champions League places.
This is the situation as it stands:
It's an intriguing battle that promises thrills and spills right up to the final whistle this Sunday. In Serie A, head-to-head takes precedence over goal difference and that adds another layer of excitement to the drama. If sides end up level on points, their head-to-head in the season will determine which side finishes above which.
If all four sides win their respective matches, the table will remain as is and Atalanta & Inter will qualify for the Champions League.
Final day fixtures 🗓
Head-to-heads could be decisive 🤺
This means that various permutations are possible on the final day. Atalanta has a head-to-head advantage against Inter & Roma but a win for them would be enough to finish third regardless.
Inter would also seal a top-four berth with a win regardless of other outcomes, but city rivals Milan would leapfrog them if Inter were to fail to win and Milan got all three points. Inter's challenge isn't an easy one against an Empoli side still with a chance of staying in Serie A and they need a win to do so. If Inter loses and Milan gets only a draw at SPAL, Inter would seal fourth by virtue of their head-to-head record over their near neighbours. Milan holds a head-to-head advantage over Atalanta & Roma.
AS Roma are the rank outsiders, needing a win and hoping for other results to go their way. They hold a head-to-head advantage over Inter, for what it's worth.
It's all very tight at the top and as with last season, Serie A's top four fight is going to the wire.