Preview - Parma vs Juventus 02 September 18

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Match Day 3
Parma vs Juventus
Sunday, September 2nd, 2018
03:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Ennio Tardini

Last five matches form: L W W D L
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.36
Average goals against per match 17/18: 0.88
Top Scorer 17/18: Emanuele CalaiĆ³ (13)
Last five matches form: W D W W W
Average goals per match 17/18: 2.26
Average goals against per match 17/18: 0.63
Top Scorer 17/18: Paolo Dybala (22)

Having just about fallen out of existence in 2015, the comeback of Parma is now complete as they make their return to Serie A this season. One of the sides which really sparked the popularity of Italian football in the 1990's, its good to see them back.

This week's visitors won't be affording them any courtesy though as it is Juventus who travel to the Stadio Ennio Tardini as they bid to keep their 100% start to the season going.

Parma always new it would be tough making the step to this level once again, but they certainly haven't been overawed in their two games to date, drawing 2-2 with Udinese before going down narrowly to SPAL. Clearly this will be their toughest test yet.

Juventus looked a little shaky at times in their opening win at Chievo, but were much more like their usual selves when seeing off Lazio last weekend.

Parma's chances won't be helped by the absence of last season's top scorer, Emanuele CalaiĆ³, who misses out through suspension. Anato Ciciretti, Alessandro Bastoni and Jonathan Biabiany also miss out through injury.

Leanardo Spinazzola is expected to be the only absentee for Juventus.

Two games without a goal is a little unusual for Cristiano Ronaldo, he won't want to make it three and we see him leading Juve to the win in Parma.

Prediction: Parma 0 - 2 Juventus


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 1 - 2
Shots:  8 - 18
Shots on target: 5 - 8
Corner Kicks: 4 - 7
Possession: 41% - 59%

Miralem Pjanic, Federico Bernardeschi abd Juan Cuadrado were all booked for Juventus. Luca Rigoni being the sole Parma player to make his way into referee Daniele Doveri's notebook.

Any hopes Parma had of keeping things tight early on against the Serie A champions were swiftly ended as the home side found themselves a goal down after just two minutes. A cross from the right being met by a combination of Mario Mandzukic and his marker but dropping ever so kindly for Mandzukic to leave him with the simplest of tasks to finish from the edge of the six yard box. 0-1.

It would be easy to think that that would be game over for Parma, but credit to the home side, despite being outclassed they never gave up in this one and played some nice stuff themselves at times.

Indeed they made it into the interval on level terms courtesy of an equaliser in the 33rd minute. Roberto Inglese flicking on a cross from deep on the left to take the keeper and defence out of the equation and allow Gervinho to bundle the ball home from almost on the goal line.

Blaise Matuidi grabbed what turned out to be the winner in the 58th minute. Bursting into the left-hand side of the area, the angle looked to be pretty tight, but it didn't stop the Frenchman blasting home to beat the keeper at his near post.

It's still not quite happening for Ronaldo in front of goal, although he was lively once again here, but Juventus are still winning and remain the side everyone else must match in the race for the Serie A title.

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