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Chievo v Udinese

Udinese’s good form came to an abrupt halt when they went down at home to Sampdoria, but still rest one place above Chievo, in eighth.

For Udinese midfielder Marek Jankulovski returns from suspension.

Parma v Internazionale

Parma’s owners the Tanzi family may be forced to sell the club after another one of their assets the Parmalat empire went bankrupt last in a situation which has been dubbed ‘Italy’s Enron’.

The club is expected to be sold at the end of the season. On the pitch, Parma face fourth-placed Inter who could reclaim second spot if they win and other results go their way.

The Gialloblu’s Brazilian forward Adriano will be missing with a hamstring complaint, with Alberto Gilardino is expected to step in.

The visitors will be without suspended Argentinean Matias Almeyda but still pose a threat with a three pronged attack of Christian Vieri, Julio Cruz and Oba Martins expected to start.

Empoli v Ancona

The visitors are yet to win this season while Empoli will want to bounce back after a 2-1 reverse at Bologna in their last game.

Lazio v Brescia

Both Bernado Corradi and Roberto Muzzi are serving one match bans, Simone Inzaghi is out through injury, leaving Argentinean Claudio Lopez as their sole forward. The Roman club currently reside in 5th place in Serie A.

Eleventh-placed Brescia meanwhile, will pose a real threat through 36-year-old Roberto Baggio. The forward got two goals and two assists in the 4-2 win against Siena in midweek.

Milan v Reggina
Only Perugia have drawn more with nine.

Milan went a long way to establishing themselves as genuine title contenders with a 2-1 away win over Roma on Tuesday.

Tenth-placed Reggina are on a good run of form themselves having defeated both Parma and Lazio in their last two outings.

Perugia v Roma

The table-topers are without Norwegian forward John Carew and defender Christian Panucci due to viruses.

Sampdoria v Juventus

The home side are unbeaten in seven matches, but will be without striker Fabio Bazzani who is injured. Second-placed Juve struggled in their last match, with a sublime Pavel Nedved strike making the difference against Perugia.

Defenders Lillian Thuram and Nicola Legrottaglie should return from injury.

Siena v Modena

Ex-Inter defender Bruno Cirillo, and Brazilian midfielder Taddei are out through suspension, and Enrico Chiesa is still to shake off a thigh injury.

Lecce v Bologna

The visitors defeated Empoli 2-1 on Tuesday, a result which saw them go five point off the relegation zone.

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