AC Milan host Roma this weekend, desperate to do something they haven't managed to accomplish so far this season in Serie A -- and that's win at the San Siro.
Milan's poor league form has left Carlo Ancelotti's European champions struggling to keep tabs on the leaders -- last weekend's painful 1-0 home defeat to Empoli left the Rossoneri 10 points adrift of city rivals Inter Milan.
Spirits were lifted by the 4-1 midweek Champions League demolition of Shakhtar Donesk with Clarence Seedorf for one hoping a corner had been turned.
"Having something concrete is very important for us and will help raise our morale," Seedorf said. "It will at least give us a little bit of relief after a tense few days."
Ancelotti, while playing down talk of a crisis and suggesting a charge for the title was by no means beyond them, cautioned that there were still issues to iron out despite Wednesday's win.
"Everything has not been resolved and we will probably run into certain problems again in the future," said the coach before adding: "No, it's not crazy [to talk about the title]."
Roma are in fourth on 15 points after drawing last weekend against Napoli.
After a decent start coach Luciano Spalletti's side have lost a little momentum with only one win from their last five games.
At the top of the table Inter travel to Palermo seeking their fifth consecutive win but without Patrick Vieira. He injured his right calf in Tuesday's Champion's League win over CSKA Moscow on only his second appearance of the season.
Juventus are just three points off the pace in second and Claudio Ranieri's men travel to Napoli aiming to retain their unbeaten record on the road.