The Ducali will be disappointed they couldn’t take all three points in their first top flight game in almost four years. The hosts managed to let a two goal lead slip and had new goalkeeper Luigi Sepe to thank as Roberto D’Aversa’s men hung on for a point. Sepe wasn’t the only new signing to impress, Roberto Inglese excited the home fans on his debut, scoring the opener whilst linking up well with Antoinio Di Gaudio to cause Udinese problems.
With Juventus and Inter up next for Parma, D’Aversa will be hoping Parma don’t slip up again this weekend and can get an important first three points of the season before facing these two mammoth challenges.
Parma will once again be without Amato Ciciretti, Alessandro Bastoni, Francisco Sierralta, Marcello Gazzola, Jacopo Dezi and Gianni Munari all of whom miss out through injury, while Emanuele Calaio remains suspended. Former Roma and Arsenal man Gervinho could make an appearance after he trained with his new teammates for the first time on Wednesday.
SPAL coach Leonardo Semplici will be hoping his side can build on last weekend opening day win over Bologna. A Jasmin Kurtic wonder strike was enough to give Semplici’s side their first win of the season.
Sempici will be hoping the Stadio Dall’Ara in Bologna will bring The Spallini more luck this weekend while their home ground the Stadio Paolo Mazza continues to be refurbished.
SPAL have a full squad to choose from when they host Parma on Sunday with no notable absentees and are expected to go relatively unchanged from last weekend.
The last time these two sides met was 32 years ago when they played out a 0-0 draw at the Tardini.
Don’t be surprised if this is an equally as cagey, tight affair as both know how important three points would be this early in the season.