5 things to know about the Italian league

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ROME (AP) - With the Italian Cup final, the Milan derby and Juventus likely clinching Serie A, it’s going to be a hectic extended weekend of football in Italy.

It starts with Napoli facing Fiorentina in the Cup final Saturday in Rome. The Milan derby is Sunday and Juve can clinch either Sunday if Roma fails to win at Catania, or Monday with a victory over Atalanta.

Here are five things to know about this weekend’s matches:


CUP FINAL: It’s going to be an emotional match for Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella, who was born and raised in the Naples area.

But there’s no time for distractions with Fiorentina chasing its first Cup title since 2001.

Napoli last won in 2012 when it beat Juventus in the final.

Both sides have significant injury worries.

Napoli is hoping standout forward Gonzalo Higuain can play despite a right leg problem that saw him stretchered off last week and Fiorentina forward Giuseppe Rossi could be available from the bench for his first action since his latest knee injury in January.

Fiorentina is without key attacking midfielder Juan Cuadrado, who is suspended.

On Friday, both squads have an audience scheduled with Pope Francis.


MILAN DERBY: With both Inter and AC Milan still attempting to secure Europa League spots, it should be a tense derby.

Milan coach Clarence Seedorf remains surrounded by speculation over his future, even though Milan has won five of its last six matches.

While Seedorf signed a 2 1/2-year contract when he replaced Massimiliano Allegri in January, Milan youth coach Filippo Inzaghi is being touted as a replacement option for next season.

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