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August 25, 2012 7:45 PM BST
Juventus Stadium — Torino
Referee:‬ A. Romeo‎
Attendance:‬ 37771‎
 

Juventus – Parma Preview: Old Lady commence defence of Serie A crown

The Turin giants will hope for a routine victory over the visitors, despite the ban imposed on Antonio Conte, as domestic action returns in Italy

By Julian De Martinis

  PROBABLE LINEUPS
JUVENTUS

Storari
Barzagli, Lucio, Bonucci
Asamoah, Marchisio, Pirlo, Vidal, L'steiner
Giovinco, Vucinic
PARMA

Mirante
Zaccardo, Paletta, Lucarelli
Biabiany, Morrone, Valdes, Parolo, Gobbi
Amauri, Pabon

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 defence 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 incumbents 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 team-mates 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 have made a number of signings during the off-season, including the acquisition of the former Roma duo Aleandro Rosi and Stefano Okaka as well as resigning 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 their final 10 games last season, in a 1-1 draw against Lecce.


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Available Squads
30Marco StorariGoalkeeper
15Andrea BarzagliDefender
19Leonardo BonucciDefender
26Stephan LichtsteinerDefender
8Claudio MarchisioMidfielder
21Andrea PirloMidfielder
22Kwadwo AsamoahMidfielder
23Arturo VidalMidfielder
8Luca MarroneMidfielder
9Mirko VučinićStriker
12Sebastian GiovincoStriker
1Nicola LealiGoalkeeper
31Laurentiu BranescuGoalkeeper
3Giorgio ChielliniDefender
-Alberto MasiDefender
11Paolo De CeglieDefender
6Paul PogbaMidfielder
20Simone PadoinMidfielder
23Emanuele GiaccheriniMidfielder
9R. BoakyeStriker
27Fabio QuagliarellaStriker
32Alessandro MatriStriker
83Antonio MiranteGoalkeeper
81Cristian ZaccardoDefender
6Alessandro LucarelliDefender
18Massimo GobbiMidfielder
29Gabriel PalettaDefender
-Aleandro RosiMidfielder
15Jaime ValdesMidfielder
16Marco ParoloMidfielder
30Afriyie AcquahMidfielder
7Jonathan BiabianyStriker
11D. PabónStriker
1Nicola PavariniGoalkeeper
91Pavol BajzaGoalkeeper
-Francesco ModestoMidfielder
-Yohan BenalouaneDefender
-Ignacio FideleffDefender
-Stefano MorroneMidfielder
-Gianluca MusacciMidfielder
7Sotiris NinisMidfielder
39Ishak BelfodilStriker
29Graziano PellèStriker
Players to Watch
Sebastian Giovinco
Sebastian Giovinco
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 12
Games Goals YC RC
16 2 2 0
The diminutive forward was co-owned by both clubs last season and matured into both a goal-scoring threat and a creative distributor. He’ll be more than motivated to prove that his return to Juventus was warranted.
Amauri
Amauri
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
28 6 1 2
The ex-factor on the other side, the former Juventus player suffered an awful time at the Old Lady but will be looking to prove to the Scudetto holders that giving him up has consequences.
Prediction
Juventus, despite their injuries, should be simply too strong for a Parma side weakened by the loss of Giovinco. With or without Conte, the Old Lady should rear back into last season's form in this fixture.
Editor's Prediction
Parma 1
Results
 
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18 2
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18 1
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Inter
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