After the hellish 2015 Parma endured it was fitting that club captain and talisman Alessandro Lucarelli would open the scoring for Parma in 2016, Yves Baraye continued where he left off in 2015 by adding a second before Daniele Melandri put the hosts three up as a ruthless Parma celebrated La Festa dell'Epifania by cruising seven points clear of Alto Vicentino at the top.
Luigi Apolloni take his table toppers to the Veneto region of Verona on Sunday afternoon as they visit A.S.D. Villafranca.
Sundays hosts go in to this one on the back of a 2-2 draw when they visited Forli on Wednesday afternoon. Villafranca will be desperate for the three points as they continue to flirt with relegation, occupying the final relegation playoff place it is vital they start to put points on the board if they are to survive.
Apolloni will be hoping Parma can show more of the ruthless side they showed so well on Wednesday as they look to wrap up the championship and automatic promotion as quickly as possible. The coach will once again be looking to in form forward Yves Baraye to continue his goal scoring form on Sunday in order for Parma to leave Verona with all three points.
Parma are expected to line up in their favoured 4-2-3-1 formation, with Yves Baraye and Daniele Melandri looking to cause damage from the wings and Francesco Corapi to continue to his fine form in his new found attacking midfield role.
Apolloni will also be confident his defence (the best in the league) can keep up their good form, lead my Alessandro Lucarelli and the inspirational birthday boy Kristaps Zommers in goal, Parma will be hoping to keep the goals against column in single figures.
Parma Probable XI; Zommers, Messina, Saporetti, Corapi, Cacioli, Lucarelli, Melandri, Giorgino, Baraye, Miglietta, Sereni.
By Giovanni Dougall
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