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In recent weeks, trying to figure out what to say in match previews have been a relative chore. Sometimes, I feel like copying and pasting what I wrote from the game before, making a couple of updates and then hitting the publish button.

It’s been that kind of season, that kind of second half of the season and just incredibly tiresome to see so many of the same problems rehashing themselves over and over again.

After another underwhelming result last weekend, outgoing champions Juventus meet Udinese on Sunday, with their top-four place still in serious jeopardy.

While the Bianconeri are bound for a nail-biting climax to the Serie A season – but with only Champions League qualification at stake, rather than their defence of the Scudetto – the hosts are close to confirming their survival in the top flight: sitting eight points above the drop zone.

So now with five games to go we are still wondering if Juventus can actually get this readjusted seasonal goal done and make the top four. With Milan’s 2-0 win over Benevento Saturday night, it means Juventus enters Sunday’s game in Udine not in the top four and will take the field at the Dacia Arena already knowing how Napoli did in their game against Cagliari.

Of the three teams that entered the weekend tied on 66 points, Juventus will be the last ones to actually play. They will know full well what needs to happen to ensure that they don’t go into this upcoming three-game gauntlet that involves both of the Milan clubs on the outside looking in of the Champions League picture.

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