Parma vs Juventus: Match preview
After Juventus’ opening day win away at Chievo, La Vecchia Signora followed it up with a 2-0 win vs Lazio in their first home match of the season.
Having enjoyed the lion’s share of possession in the first half, Juve went in front on the 40 minute mark when a cross into the box from Federico Bernardeschi was eventually cleared out to Miralem Pjanic, and the Bosnian hit the ball on the volley first-time to give the seven-time champions the lead at the break. The Old Lady secured the result in the second half, 15 minutes from time, when a ball in from Douglas Costa was touched on by Cristiano Ronaldo and Mario Mandzukic volleyed home from close range to seal all three points.
THE RISE OF PARMA
Parma have returned to Serie A after three seasons out of Italy’s top flight. Remarkably Parma earned successive back-to-back promotions going from Serie D to Serie A in just three years, becoming the first side ever in Italy to achieve this feat. Fittingly, having endured a dramatic past few years, Parma clinched promotion back to Serie A on the last day of the Serie B season, edging out Frosinone in the automatic spots on goal difference.
To help maintain their stay in Italy’s top division, Parma recruited a number of experienced players in the summer transfer window. European championship winner with Portugal, Bruno Alves arrived from Rangers, as did Serie A stalwarts Massimo Gobbi and Luca Rigoni. Jonathan Biabiany re-signed for the club for the third time, Ivory Coast striker Gervinho arrived and Napoli trio Luigi Sepe, Amato Ciciretti and Roberto Inglese are joined on loan.
LAST TIME VS PARMA
The two sides last locked horns in 2015 as Parma’s season ended in relegation, despite the Ducali recording a surprise 1-0 win at home in April. The game’s only goal was scored by Jose Mauri, with the Bianconeri electing to rest some of their big hitters with important Champions League appointments on the horizon.
When Juve and Parma met earlier in the campaign, the Old Lady triumphed in her biggest win at the Allianz Stadium to date winning by seven goals to nil. Fernando Llorente, Carlos Tevez and Alvaro Morata all recorded a hat-trick of braces in-between a strike from Stephan Lichtsteiner.
#PARMAJUVE MATCH STATS
- In 46 Serie A matches, Juventus have won 21, there have been 15 draws and 10 Parma wins.
- Parma’s 7-0 defeat vs Juve in 2014 is their heaviest in the club’s history.
- The Crociati have a good recent home record against the Bianconeri, losing only once in their last five and only conceding two goals overall.
- Juve are unbeaten in their last 14 away matches, winning 11 and drawing three times.
- The Bianconeri have registered the most total shots overall with 43 so far.
- Only Chievo have had more shots against them than Parma (35) from the first two matchdays.
- Despite not yet scoring, Cristiano Ronaldo has had the most shots on target (eight) than anyone else in the top five European leagues.
- Joao Cancelo has created the join-most chances in Serie A with six.
- Massimiliano Allegri has won eight of the previous 11 games against Parma in Serie A (one draw and two defeats).
- Parma coach, Roberto D’Aversa played twice against Juve as a player, losing both times.