Parma are expected to finish in mid-table in Serie A this season, and on that basis the Ducali have been doing well, although last weekend they went down 2-0 in Florence to a resurgent Fiorentina side.
At the moment Parma are 16th in the league table with five points from five matches and are actually one of a host of clubs in that situation.
Parma are strong at home and have defeated Brescia and drawn with Genoa at the Stadio Ennio Tardini this season. A win against Milan isn’t perhaps very likely but it is not impossible either.
Picking up form
Milan’s successive draws with Catania and Lazio following a 2-0 defeat to Cesena in Serie A had piled up pressure on coach Massimiliano Allegri but since last weekend things have eased for the Rossoneri.
Milan’s 1-0 defeat of Genoa at the San Siro, thanks to a sensational Zlatan Ibrahimovic strike, saw them climb up the league standings to fifth place. The Diavolo are currently perched on eight points from five matches, just two behind leaders Inter and Lazio.
Milan gained a priceless point in the Champions League group stage in midweek when they drew 1-1 with Ajax in Amsterdam and will attempt to sustain their momentum.
Galloppa, Paloschi and Giovinco are out injured but the home side will field a 4-3-3 system with Angelo, Bojinov and Marques as the three front-men. However, there is a suggestion that Crespo could start and that would then shift the formation to 4-2-3-1.
Ambrosini is still out injured but Pato has returned to full match fitness. Allegri is likely to deploy Robinho in his starting line-up on the right and Ronaldinho on the left. Seedorf could start as well on the left side of the three-man midfield.