Euro exiles Juventus face test from Lazio

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Juventus, who are now out of the Champions' League and failed to qualify for the Uefa Cup, this evening entertain Lazio, who deprived them of the scudetto on the last day of last season. With Sven Goran Eriksson leaving Lazio in June to take over as England coach, there was speculation that the club's president, Sergio Cragnotti, would quickly move to replace him. But Eriksson's side have since won three games in a row.

Juventus, who are now out of the Champions' League and failed to qualify for the Uefa Cup, this evening entertain Lazio, who deprived them of the scudetto on the last day of last season. With Sven Goran Eriksson leaving Lazio in June to take over as England coach, there was speculation that the club's president, Sergio Cragnotti, would quickly move to replace him. But Eriksson's side have since won three games in a row.

Hernan Crespo and Marcelo Salas will start up front for Lazio, while Carlo Ancelotti, Juve's coach, welcomes back the midfielders Edgar Davids and Zinedine Zidane from suspension. Gianluca Zambrotta and Paolo Montero return from injury.

Milan are doing well in the Champions' League, but have won just one game in Serie A and badly need three points against Bari. Goalkeeper Christian Abbiati is fit again and will replace Dida. Milan face a tricky choice on the left flank where Francesco Coco has recovered from tonsillitis but may find it difficult to oust Serginho.

Marco Tardelli, Internazionale's coach, can call upon the services of Christian Vieri for the first time since May against Lecce. Vieri is likely to take the place of Ivan Zamorano, who is on international duty.

Tomorrow night the league leaders, Udinese, have six players missing for their trip to Parma, who have recovered from a shaky start with two straight wins. Midfielder Martin Jorgensen is set to play as an emergency striker in the absence of Roberto Muzzi and Vincenzo Iaquinta. With Parma strikers Marco Di Vaio and Marcio Amoroso injured, Savo Milosevic partners Patrick Mboma.

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