Stadio Ennio Tardini
Saturday 01st September 2018
The Juventus juggernaut rolls into town this Saturday night hoping to keep up their 100% start to the season.
After an opening day struggle with Chievo, the Biaconeri had a more routine win as they would see off Lazio 2-0 at the Allianz Arena with goals from Miralem Pjanic and Mario Mandzukic in round two.
As CR7 and Co turn up at the Tardini on Saturday night, it will be less than pleasant welcome for the Portuguese ace as steps foot in front a sold out crowd as he hope to open his account in Italian Football.
As for the hosts, despite encouraging signs from the opening day against Udinese, Parma were very disappointing against SPAL, where a Mirco Antenucci wonder goal secured all three points for Leonardo Semplici’s side.
Unfortunately for Roberto D’Aversa the SPAL performance was all too familiar to last season, lacklustre with zero threat of scoring.
Gervinho could be pushing for a start this weekend after the Ivorian got his first full week of training under his belt, apart from that D’Aversa should stick with his favoured 4-3-3 with Roberto Inglese leading the line.
The champions might be expecting to just turn up to pick up another three points, however the last time these two clashed at the Tardini, rock bottom Parma in their darkest hour, facing bankruptcy, pulled off a huge shock as Jose Mauri’s second half strike gave the Parma faithful something to smile about around all the doom and gloom.
A classic fixture in years gone by, the jam packed Tardini will provide somewhat of a 12th man for Parma on Saturday night as the hope to repeat that shock of 2015 and secure their first three points of the Serie A season, wouldn’t it be fitting to come against one of their bitterest of rivals, Juventus.