- Associated Press - Thursday, April 3, 2014

MILAN (AP) - Roma will be looking to boost its faint title hopes still further when it visits Cagliari on Sunday, after cutting Juventus’ advantage almost in half during the past week.

Juventus hosts Livorno, while third-placed Napoli travels to Parma.

There is also the derby match between Hellas Verona and Chievo Verona this weekend.

Here are five things to know about the Italian league this weekend:


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JUVE IN CRISIS?

Juventus has found itself in a somewhat peculiar position for the illustrious club this week as it recovers from only its second defeat of the season.

Antonio Conte’s side lost 2-0 at Napoli to end a run of seven successive victories and spark talk of a club in crisis.

“It surprises me a bit,” Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio said. “I read an article in which it said Juventus’ ‘rule’ is coming to an end. We’ve done extraordinary things in these past few years, and we even still keep improving and enjoying greater leads over rivals who have strengthened.

“It’s curious to hear talk of Juventus in crisis because the team lost one game by adopting the wrong approach. This side has always grown and will continue to do so.

The defending champion hosts relegation-threatened Livorno looking to extend its record run of home victories, having won all 15 of its league matches at the Juventus Stadium.

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RESURGENT ROMA

It has been a good week for Roma, which has seen its faltering Serie A title hopes reignited.

Last week it was 14 points behind the two-time defending champion, but the weekend results coupled with winning its game in hand has seen Roma slash the difference to just eight.

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