Milan, Italy – There may be 17 points and 10 places separating AC Milan and Juventus ahead of their clash at the San Siro on Sunday, but Milan is hoping to use the occasion to turn around a poor start to the current campaign.
With only four wins from 13 Serie A games the Rossoneri resides in the bottom half of the league, while Juventus is four points clear at the top having lost just once.
Despite the sizeable gap that exists between the two sides, both are coming off of successful matches in the Champions League.
Milan may be struggling in Serie A but the team secured a place in the knockout round of the Champions League with a 3-1 win against Anderlecht, while Juve put itself in position to advance by toppling Chelsea, 3-0.
Stephan El Shaarawy has been the driving force behind Milan's attack with a league-leading 10 goals, which has been crucial considering the injury issues that have plagued fellow striker Alexandre Pato.
Juve has yielded only nine goals in 13 matches in the league this season, but the in-form El Shaarawy figures to provide the team with a major test.
Inter Milan sits four points back of Juve in second place and visits Parma on Monday without suspended striker Antonio Cassano and head coach Andrea Stramaccioni, who both were sent off for protesting the referee's decision not to award a late penalty to Inter in the club's 2-2 draw with Cagliari.
The other match on Monday features fourth-place Napoli traveling to Cagliari.
Third-place Fiorentina is eyeing a sixth successive win when the team invades Torino on Sunday, Sampdoria entertains Bologna in a battle of bottom-half sides, last-place Genoa squares off with Atalanta and Chievo meets Siena with both teams sitting in the bottom four.
Roma visits the Stadio Adriatico to take on Pescara, Catania attempts to extend its unbeaten run to five games against Palermo, while Tuesday's match sees Lazio take on Udinese.