The Turin giant will hope for a routine victory over the visitor, despite the ban imposed on Antonio Conte, as domestic action returns in Italy.
Barzagli, Lucio, Bonucci
Asamoah, Marchisio, Pirlo, Vidal, L'steiner
Zaccardo, Paletta, Lucarelli
Biabiany, Morrone, Valdes, Parolo, Gobbi
This clash from the opening round of Serie A contains a number of intriguing subplots, including Amauri and Giovinco battling their former clubs.
Juventus' shape and defense practically picks itself at the moment, with Mauricio Isla, Giorgio Chiellini, Martin Caceres, and Gianluigi Buffon all missing through injury. Simone Pepe’s absence likely leaves a spot for Kwadwo Asamoah. In attack, Sebastian Giovinco will partner either Mirko Vucinic or Alessandro Matri.
Roberto Donadoni’s Parma will look to compete against the Scudetto incumbent with a similar shape. Raffaele Palladino will miss the match through injury, and Amauri, another former Juventus player, will look to inflict damage upon his old side.
Marco Parolo, who made the switch from Cesena thus summer, will likely start the match in midfield, but Daniele Galloppa remains sidelined following a suspension from last season.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Giovinco and Amauri face off as adversaries, though the two were teammates last season in a Parma side that finished the season with seven straight wins.
- Antonio Conte’s 10-month suspension following his alleged involvement in Italy’s betting scandal has not been overturned.
- Parma has made a number of signings during the offseason, including the acquisition of the former Roma duo Aleandro Rosi and Stefano Okaka as well as re-signing Amauri from Fiorentina.
- Giovinco scored 15 goals last season, including the sole Parma strike in his side’s 4-1 defeat in this same fixture.
- Juventus failed to take full points from only one of its final 10 games last season, in a 1-1 draw against Lecce.