Football: Vieri and Ronaldo feature in TV triple header

ITALIAN FOOTBALL
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LIVE ITALIAN league football returns to British television this weekend. Tonight, Channel 4 screen Milan's trip to Bari, tomorrow afternoon C4 show Lazio entertaining Torino and tomorrow night ITV2 screen Parma's visit to San Siro to meet Internazionale.

Milan, after drawing 2-2 at Lecce and beating Perugia 3-1 in their opening Serie A games before their goalless draw at Chelsea in the Champions' League on Wednesday, face a no easy task at tricky Bari.

Lazio, meanwhile, who drew 1-1 at Bayer Leverkusen in their opening Champions' League game, entertain Torino following a 2-1 victory over Cagliari and a 0-0 draw at Bari.

Sven Goran Eriksson, Lazio's coach, rests Alen Boksic, Matias Almeyda, Sinisa Mihajlovic and Dejan Stankovic. Marcelo Salas is set to start with Simone Inzaghi up front.

Inter will fancy their chances against Parma. Christian Vieri, Inter's pounds 28m signing from Lazio, scored all three goals in Inter's victory over Verona and Marcello Lippi's club looked better at the back when holding Roma to a 0-0 draw in Rome last week. Vieri teams up with Ronaldo up front.

Parma, however, are struggling. They needed a late own goal to hold Bologna 1-1 at home last week and in the Uefa Cup face a tricky away leg after beating Ukrainians Kryvbas Kryviy Rih 3-2. The Brazilian striker Marcio Amoroso, Parma's pounds 24m signing from Udinese, makes his debut and the Argentinian striker Hernan Crespo returns.

FIXTURES This afternoon: Perugia v Cagliari. Tonight: Bari v Milan. Tomorrow afternoon: Bologna v Reggina; Fiorentina v Verona; Juventus v Udinese; Lazio v Torino, Piacenza v Lecce; Venezia v Roma. Tomorrow night: Internazionale v Parma.

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