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  • January 6, 2011
  • • 11:30
  • • Stadio Olimpico di Torino, Torino
  • Referee: A. De Marco
  • • Attendance: 23873
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Serie A Preview: Juventus - Parma

Serie A Preview: Juventus - Parma

The Bianconeri will be aiming to continue their long unbeaten run from last year against the struggling visitors...

New Year, Old Run

Juventus may still be in a rebuilding phase but the former Italian and European champions have already become a major threat to the Scudetto challengers this campaign. Under coach Luigi Del Neri the Bianconeri have improved in leaps and bounds - at least in terms of results - and will start the new year on the back of an 18-match unbeaten run.

At the moment Juve are fourth in Serie A with 31 points from 17 matches, just five behind leaders Milan. The Old Lady will go into today's lunch-time kick-off against Parma brimming with confidence as they have a brilliant record in Turin, having lost just one match in the league and winning four out of the remaining seven.

Midfielder Alberto Aquilani, who seems to have rejuvenated himself since joining from Liverpool in the summer, believes that today's match will be crucial in dictating their title challenge and explains, "The first match is always tricky because it arrives after a period of relaxation. This is why we have worked a lot on concentration.

"Thursday's match is very important and only afterwards will we think about Napoli. We all know this is an important week, which can show us how far we can go. We are still far from the end of the season but these six points will definitely help determine the outcome.''

The Struggle Resumes

It may be a new year but it's the same old battle against relegation for Parma. Having mustered just 19 points from 17 matches in Serie A, the Ducali are just four points above the relegation zone and cannot afford to relax.

Parma ended 2010 with a goalless draw with Bologna and having lost just two of their last seven league encounters, they will go to Turin with some confidence. However, Pasquale Marino's side have a rather poor record away from home as they have collected just five points out of a possible 24.

Parma have reinforced themselves during the mid-season winter break to stave off the drop to Serie B and will have new signings Toni Calvo, Francesco Modesto and Raffaele Palladino available for selection against Juventus today.



TEAM NEWS


Juventus


Buffon, Rinaudo, Martinez, De Ceglie and Iaquinta are injured and will sit out Juventus' first league match of the new year. Bonucci and Giandonato are suspended. Del Neri will play his favoured 4-4-2 system with Quagliarella and Amauri as the two strikers.

Parma

Marques and Angelo are injured and will not travel to Turin. Lucarelli is suspended. Giovinco, Crespo and Valiani will form the front-three in a 4-3-3 line-up.

Players to watch

M. Krasić

Position: Midfielder

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Milos Krasic has been an immediate hit for Juventus since joining them in the summer and was one of the best players in Europe in the first half of the season. The Serbian's runs along the wings, vision and crosses will torment a modest Parma backline.

S. Giovinco

Position: Attacker

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Giovinco returns to Juventus and will have a personal agenda against them. The 23-year-old developed at the youth academy of the Italian giants but failed to feature regularly for the first team and was let go in the summer. The youngster is very talented and although he has struggled with injuries at times this campaign, he would be looking to put one over Juve.

Editor's Prediction

Juventus are on a brilliant streak as they are unbeaten in competitive matches for weeks. Winning against Parma today shouldn't be a problem, although they could be in for a tricky time if they allow the visitors to score the first goal.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Juventus

Parma

Wins
4
0
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Juventus FC JUV
Juventus FC Juventus
Draw
Parma Calcio 1913 PAR
Parma Calcio 1913 Parma
53%
45%

Top 3 Predictions

Juventus FC JUV
1 - 1
Parma Calcio 1913 PAR
Juventus FC JUV
2 - 0
Parma Calcio 1913 PAR
Juventus FC JUV
3 - 0
Parma Calcio 1913 PAR

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