AC Milan midfielder Antonio Nocerino believes his team must turn in a flawless performance on Saturday if they are to beat Palermo at La Favorita.
The Serie A leaders go into the match on the back of last weekend's 1-1 draw against Juventus, a result that kept the Rossoneri at the top of the standings but just one point ahead of Turin giants, who have a game in hand. Milan have not won at Palermo since the 2005-06 campaign.
Nocerino, who scored his eighth league goal of the season last weekend and joined Milan from Palermo in August, said: ''Palermo are very strong when playing at home. They have won 10 and lost twice at La Favorita and I expect a thrilling game. We cannot afford to make any mistakes against them.''
The Rossoneri will be bolstered by the return of the team's leading scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who missed the last three league games through suspension.
Juventus are unbeaten this season and host Chievo on Saturday before playing their postponed game at Bologna four days later. Should results go their way, Antonio Conte's side could top the standings heading into the next round of games.
Last weekend's 3-1 triumph at Bologna marked Udinese's first win on the road this year. The result kept the Friuli side in third place, level on 45 points with fourth-place Lazio.
Udinese host in-form Atalanta on Sunday as the battle for a top-three place and a Champions League berth continues.
Luis Enrique's Roma were beaten 4-1 at Atalanta in the last round and need to make amends with victory against Lazio in Sunday's city derby. The Giallorossi are unbeaten at home since October and are sixth in the standings, two places and seven points behind Lazio.
Fifth-place Napoli will look to keep up their impressive form with victory at Parma on Sunday. The Naples side have kept a clean sheet in their last five games and will seek a fourth straight league victory at the Tardini stadium.
Inter Milan coach Claudio Ranieri heads into Sunday's home game against Catania under immense pressure. Sunday's 1-0 defeat at Napoli was the team's fourth consecutive defeat and fifth in six league games. The Nerazzurri have fallen to seventh place, nine points behind Udinese.
Basement-dwellers Cesena are in Tuscany this weekend and will face a Fiorentina side that went down 1-0 at Lazio last time out. The result was Fiorentina's third straight loss and dropped them to 15th place.
Lecce could climb out of the relegation zone if they beat Genoa on Sunday and Siena lose to Cagliari in Tuscany. The Salentini are 18th and just two points behind Siena in 17th.
Victory on Sunday against relegation-threatened Novara would see Bologna take a step towards securing their Serie A status. Stefano Pioli's side are four points clear of the relegation zone but have two games in hand.