Parma boss Roberto Donadoni has obviously got something right in his tactical approach this season, because the side Antonio Conte’s men face tomorrow are the only other one still unbeaten in Serie A in 2014.
Ahead of making the trip to Juventus Stadium, Parma have won all five of their away fixtures so far in 2014 (a feat never achieved before in the history of the club) and much of their success can be put down to proficiency in front of goal.
The Gialloblu’s chance conversion rate of 16 per cent is the third highest in the top flight, while they’ve been lethal in the last 15 minutes of each half. The 25 strikes that have found the net during those two windows this season is unmatched by any other Serie A side.
The goals have come in many different forms, too. Only Juve have bagged as many headers as Parma’s 10, and Bianconeri attention should also be on corners, where Alessandro Lucarelli has already been on target three times (his most impressive effort being the backheel against Torino).
Their top scorer is Antonio Cassano, who has scored 11 in the league so far spearheading Parma's 4-3-3 formation as well as creating more chances for his team-mates than anyone else in the Italian top flight. Only Eden Hazard and Mathieu Valbuena have fashioned more in Europe’s top five leagues.
Former Juventus striker Amauri has also been amongst the goals for Parma, netting six; all of them in 2014. Only Ciro Immobile has scored more in the new year.
In terms of areas where Donadoni’s men might potentially be vulnerable, one which stands out is their tendency to give away penalties: Livorno are the only team that have conceded more so far.
In general, Conte’s men can try to take advantage of a period of uncommon defensive frailty on Parma’s part. The last two games have seen them concede three goals, the same number they had let in during the eight encounters before that.