Preview - Parma vs Juventus 25 August 19

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Match Day 1
Parma vs. Juventus
Sunday, August 25th 2019
01:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Ennio Tardini

Last five matches form: D D L W L
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.08
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.61
Top Scorer (18/19): Gervinho (11)

Last five matches form: D D L D L
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.84
Average goals against per match (18/19): 0.79
Top Scorer (18/19): Cristiano Ronaldo (21)

Defending Serie A Champions Juventus kick off the 2019/20 campaign on the road as they travel to the Stadio Ennio Tardini to take on last season's 14th placed finishers Parma.

Juventus came away from this game with all three points courtesy of a 2-1 success last season. Parma performed with credit in a 3-3 thriller in the reverse fixture.

Change is afoot at Juventus, with new boss Maurizio Sarri attempting to keep the dominance going. On the field Cristiano Ronaldo still leads the way, whilst Aaron Ramsay looks an intriguing addition to the supporting cast. The big acquisition comes in defence where much is expected of youngster Matthijs De Ligt.

There's been no shortage of comings and goings at Parma over the summer, but all on a relatively small scale - 19 year old striker Andrea Adorante being the headline arrival from Inter. Establishing themselves in the league will once again be their main aim for the season.

With only five wins from nineteen in front of their own fans last season, Parma will certainly be hoping to improve their home form. Having conceded two or more goals in just under half of those games, they may struggle to cope at the back in this game.

Having gone unbeaten in winning twelve of their first 13 on the road last season, Juventus did seem to take their foot off the gas once the title was almost a formality, losing four of their last six away from home.

A lack of motivation is surely all that can prevent a Juventus win, and whilst the absence of Sarri due to illness is not ideal, that surely won't be an issue at the start of another campaign.

Prediction: Parma 1 - 3 Juventus


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 0 - 1
Shots:  5 - 11
Shots on target: 2 - 4
Corner Kicks: 5 - 8
Possession: 41% - 59%

Dejan Kulusevski and Hernani were booked for the home side at the Ennio Tardini, with referee Fabio Maresca also taking the names of Sami Khedira, Federico Bernardeschi and Miralem Pjanic of Juventus.

Juventus were straight on the front foot with two early chances falling the way of Cristiano Ronaldo. CR7 sent them both over the bar though, firstly with a volleyed effort from outside the area, and secondly when doing well to win a header. To be fair to the Portuguese maestro, neither chance could be said to be clear cut.

The Old Lady took the lead in the 21st minute, through a fairly scruffy goal. Parma keeper Luigi Sepe flapping at a corner in from the right-hand side, and not getting as much on his punched clearance as he would have liked. Alex Sandro firing the clearance back towards goal, but again not really connecting properly. He did send the ball back into the danger though, for the unlikely outstretched leg of Giorgio Chiellini to stab home down the middle from seven yards with the keeper still badly out of position.

Parma were having their moments, but only fleetingly. Ronaldo looked set to double Juventus's advantage at the end of a lovely passing move but scuffed his volleyed effort into the ground and wide. 

CR7 did then have the ball in the net with a smart finish in the 34th minute, only for VAR to chalk out the effort for offside. 0-1 at the break.

It was a fairly comfortable second half for the defending champions. They weren't able to add to their lead, but never really looked in any danger of conceding. 0-1 it finished.

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