Parma will be looking to build on recent impressive performances as they host champions elect Juventus on Saturday evening.
The Ducali, who sit rock bottom of Serie A, certently aren't going down without a fight. Roberto Donadoni's side heeped misery on Roberto Mancini last weekend as they came away from Milan with a point, and could easily have been more. Parma followed that up by defeating Udinese on Wednesday night.
Juventus may have hammered Parma 7-0 in the revese fixture back in November, if Parma play like they have been The Old Lady may be if for a more challanging time on Saturday night. Depite these recent performances Parma still lack in fire power and Ishak Belfodil will be looking to break his duck for the season.
Alessandro Lucareli sits out his final game of his three match ban, Juventus will have to do without Paul Pogba and there are doubts over Andrea Pirlo, Carlos Tevez and Stephan Lichtsteiner. With the title all but wrapped up, Parma will be hoping Max Allegri will have one eye on the massive Champions League game against Monaco in mid week in order to cause another surprise in Serie A.
With the future of Parma very much uncertain this may be the last time we see these old fierce rivals go head to head for quite some time. It will also be an emotional day for Gianluigi Buffon as this will probably be his last outing at the Tardini, the stadium where he made his name all those years ago.
With the pressure pretty much off both teams now, we are sure to be in for an entertaining afternoons football in Parma to kick off this weekends Serie A action. Roberto Donadoni will very much be out for revenge for the humiliating 7-0 destruction at the hands of Juvemtus back in November.
Parma; Mirante, Feddal, Costa, Mendes, Gobbi, Nocerino, Jorquera, Mauri, Varela, Belfodil, Coda.
Juventus; Buffon, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini, Lichtsteiner, Marchisio, Pirlo, Vidal, Pereyra, De Ceglie, Llorente, Morata.
By Giovanni Dougall