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Wolves can celebrate Coppa derby joy; EUROPE.

Byline: Ian Wilkerson

IT'S derby day in the Eternal City, but don't expect either Lazio or Roma to let up just because their meeting comes in the Coppa Italia, writes Ian Wilkerson.

The competition has generally taken a backseat from the fierce battle for Serie A honours, but coaches Claudio Ranieri and Edy Reja have emphasised its importance in the run-up to tonight's clash at the Stadio Olimpico.

Roma like the competition, having reached five of the last six finals, and it looks as if they will take the beating against the Eagles, who made an excellent start to the campaign before falling off the pace.

Lazio, who are set to name new signing Giuseppe Sculli among their substitutes after he joined this week from Genoa, won seven of their opening nine matches of the campaign but have taken a full return in just four of their next 11.

The Wolves needed a late own goal to navigate their way past struggling Cesena on Sunday, but their season has gone the other way as they have recovered from a poor start to get stronger.

Momentum is with them as they have lost just two of their last 14 league outings and they are unbeaten at the Stadio Olimpico this season, winning eight from ten in the league at the venue.

Barcelona will be expected to ring the changes as they take a 5-0 first-leg Copa del Rey lead to Real Betis.

Daniel Alves is certain to miss out with a calf injury, but they still cannot be opposed.

Recommendation Roma 2pts 21-20 Hills, Victor Chandler

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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jan 19, 2011
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