ROME - AS Roma's one-point lead over Inter Milan will be on the line on Sunday when the Giallorossi host a Sampdoria side that is fighting to hold onto fourth place and the final Champions League berth.
Tomorrow, Inter face an Atalanta squad trying to climb out of the final spot in the relegation zone - and the match comes in between the two legs of Inter's Champions League semifinal with Barcelona. Only three rounds remain in Serie A after this weekend.
Roma and Inter will also battle for the Italian Cup title on May 5. Roma were beaten 1-0 by Udinese in the second leg of the semifinals on Wednesday but advanced 2-1 on aggregate.
"Luckily this loss doesn't hurt that much," Roma coach Claudio Ranieri said. "The important thing is not to snap the streak in the league."
Roma captain Francesco Totti was not used against Udinese and should be fresh to face Sampdoria.
Inter, meanwhile, could be weary after posting an impressive 3-1 win over Barcelona on Tuesday. That match ended on a negative note for Inter when the club's 19-year-old forward Mario Balotelli threw his jersey to the ground and stormed off the pitch at the San Siro. He apparently was upset at fans' whistles.
Balotelli is of Ghanian descent and has often been the recipient of racism. He was recently left out of the squad for five games due to a rift with coach Jose Mourinho, then apologised publicly and began playing again.
Third-placed AC Milan visit Palermo who are two points behind Sampdoria in the race for fourth.
Sunday's other fixtures: Juventus vs Bari, Bologna vs Parma, Fiorentina vs Chievo Verona, Genoa vs Lazio, Livorno vs Catania, Napoli vs Cagliari and Udinese vs Siena. - Sapa-AP