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Juventus heavy favourites to open Serie A campaign with win over Parma

00:50 BST 23/08/2019
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The defending Italian champions are heavily favoured to record a win in their Serie A opener

Having won eight consecutive league titles, it comes as no surprise to see that Juventus are heavy favourites ($1.33) when they open their Serie A campaign at Parma on Sunday (2am AEST).

The defending champions ended the 2018-19 season with a 11-point gap over second-placed Napoli and they will be fancied to collect all three points against Parma. A winning margin of one goal for Maurizio Sarri’s men will yield a decent return on Sportsbet ($3.50) while a two-goal margin ($3.75) is also a likely prospect.

The last time these two teams faced off against each other at Turin earlier this year, the match ended in a thrilling 3-3 draw and a repeat of that result is highly unlikely ($91.00) but not out of the realms of possibility.

Juventus will be determined to make a winning start under new manager Sarri with the summer transfer window also heralding the arrivals of Dutch sensation Matthijs de Ligt, along with quality free agents Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot.

With star Portuguese forward and record five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo leading the line, goals can be expected from Juventus in their campaign opener. A scoreline of 1-0 ($6.50), 2-0 ($6.00) and 2-1 ($7.50) for Juventus will all fetch handsome returns as will a clean sheet on the night for the visitors ($1.90).

Parma, meanwhile, will take confidence from the draw at Turin last season, while they also ran Juventus close at home in a narrow 1-2 defeat. The odds are stacked against the hosts to register a win ($9.50) while a draw is a more realistic possibility ($4.33).

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