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Milan set sights on Sampdoria

Published: Sunday 13 March 2005, 0.05CET
Fresh from UEFA Champions League victories, AC Milan and Juventus FC resume their title race this weekend.

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Published: Sunday 13 March 2005, 0.05CET

Milan set sights on Sampdoria

Fresh from UEFA Champions League victories, AC Milan and Juventus FC resume their title race this weekend.
By Paolo Menicucci

Fresh from midweek UEFA Champions League victories, joint Serie A leaders AC Milan and Juventus FC resume their domestic duel on Sunday. The Rossoneri, who defeated Manchester United FC, welcome UC Sampdoria, while the Bianconeri, dramatic winners against Real Madrid CF, visit AC Chievo Verona.

Form teams
Milan have won their last six league games but third-placed Sampdoria are also in great form, having won five and lost one over the same period. Carlo Ancelotti is still without Ballon D'Or winner Andriy Shevchenko, who has begun training after surgery for a broken cheekbone.

Maldini landmark
However, Filippo Inzaghi is aiming for his first start in more than four months after recovering from ankle and hand injuries. The striker briefly appeared in the last-gasp victory against bottom team Atalanta BC last week and was an unusued substitute against United. Paolo Maldini should make his 563rd Serie A appearance, overtaking Pietro Vierchowod to go second in the all-time rankings, seven behind Dino Zoff.

Trezeguet boost
Meanwhile, Juventus are on a run of seven straight wins against Chievo, and David Trezeguet, their goalscoring substitute against Madrid, is hoping to start in Verona. The forward said: "So far I have had a troubled season with injuries and a flu virus, but the goal against Real made up for everything. The best is yet to come. I think I will be 100 per cent fit in about two weeks and I want to finish this season in the best possible way."

Toni suspended
Returning to Sunday's fixtures, Champions League-chasing US Città di Palermo and Udinese Calcio go head-to-head. The Sicilians are without suspended Luca Toni. Cagliari Calcio play AS Roma in Sardinia, while a packed Granillo stadium stages the 'Derby dello Stretto' between Reggina Calcio and FC Messina Peloro. Bologna FC and AS Livorno Calcio face relegation-threatened duo AC Siena and Brescia Calcio respectively, and UEFA Cup contenders Parma FC go to Atalanta.

Last updated: 13/03/05 0.07CET

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