There are two Champions League spots for next season still to be fought for in Serie A. Roma, Lazio and Napoli will battle it out over the last two match days of the season.
After their 3-2 victory over Cesena on Monday, Napoli are 3 points behind Lazio. Lazio, meanwhile, are just 1 point behind Roma leading up to the Rome derby on Monday. Lazio face Juventus in the Coppa Italia Final on Wednesday, which is why they requested the derby be rescheduled to Monday for an extra day of rest. Napoli face Juventus on Saturday in a game where they cannot drop points if they wish to keep their Champions League hopes alive. They’ll also very likely need Lazio to drop points against Roma. Napoli face Lazio on the last match day of the season but they sit 3 points behind them right now and Lazio’s goal differential is +12 better. Napoli’s chances are somewhat difficult but definitely possible. Lazio’s last 3 matches of the season are against Juventus (Coppa Italia), Roma and Napoli.
Stefano Pioli’s side are really going to need to play well as their success this season lies within these last few games. A win against Roma would put Lazio in pole position to finish in 2nd place guaranteeing an automatic bid into the Champions League next season. If they lose the derby, the Napoli match would likely be a must-win match for Lazio. If the Biancocelesti finish in 3rd place they will have to play in the qualifying round to reach the Champions League.
Despite their very poor form in the beginning of 2015, Roma are still in the best position. A win on Monday in the derby would clinch 2nd place ensuring an automatic Champions League berth. Even if they draw, they could clinch 2nd with a victory against Palermo on the last day of the season. If they lose the derby then the match against Palermo would become a must win for the Giallorossi. There is a very, very unlikely chance that Roma could possibly drop down to 4th place and miss out of the Champions League, which would be a catastrophe for them. The last few matches of the season could provide many twists and turns. Here’s to it being a dramatic finish!
2nd Roma – 67 points +23 goal differential
3rd Lazio – 66 points +32 goal differential
4th Napoli – 63 points +20 goal differential