Parma host Juventus in the Serie A on Saturday. Juventus have returned to form and come into this match 11 games unbeaten. The Old Lady come up against a Parma outfit they defeated twice last season, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring multiple goals.
Parma find themselves on a four game unbeaten run in the league. A Gervinho double saw them defeat Genoa 2-1 away from home. Since then, Parma have drawn their last three Serie A matches.
A goalless draw with Benevento was followed by a thrilling 2-2 tie with AC Milan. Parma scored the first two goals of that game through Hernani Azevedo Junior and Jasmin Kurtic, before Milan clawed their way back via a Theo Hernandez brace.
Parma’s last match ended in another goalless draw against Cagliari which sees them sitting 14th on the table.
Parma Team News
Midfielder Juraj Kucka returned to the starting line-up against Cagliari, having fully recovered from a leg injury. Romanian forward Valentin Mihaila is still recovering from a groin injury, while defender Vincent Laurini will also miss with an injured groin.
Juventus have returned to form and come into this tie 11 matches unbeaten. The Old Lady stamped their authority in the UEFA Champions League by defeating Barcelona 3-0 away from home. A Cristiano Ronaldo brace accompanied by a Weston McKennie debut goal saw Juve clinch a massive win.
In the league, Juventus continued this form by defeating Genoa 3-1 away from home. Paulo Dybala struck first in the 57th minute before two Ronaldo penalties late in the piece put the result beyond doubt.
Ronaldo has scored 10 goals this season in the Serie A and currently leads the Golden boot alongside Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Although the Portuguese superstar would not be so fortunate from the spot against Atalanta. With the score locked at 1-1, Ronaldo had his penalty saved – ensuring both sides picked up a point each.
The result sees Juventus sitting in third position on the table just four points behind league leaders AC Milan.
Juventus Team News
In morale boosting news for Juventus, defender Giorgio Chiellini has returned to the squad. The Italian defender has been out for several weeks with a hamstring injury and is not too far away from a return to the pitch.
Turkish defender Merih Demiral will miss another week with a thigh injury.
Paulo Dybala came off the bench in the last match and may be used to partner with Ronaldo instead of Alvaro Morata.
Parma vs Juventus Head to Head
These two sides have met 64 times with Juventus winning 33 wins to Parma’s 13. They have played 18 draws.
Ronaldo scored a brace the last time these two sides met last season. The Portuguese striker opened the scoring in the 43rd minute before Parma hit back through Andreas Cornelius in the 55th minute.
But this equaliser was short-lived as Ronaldo added a second and the decisive goal just three minutes later.
Parma vs Juventus Match Up
Juventus have been in fine goalscoring form of late. They have scored multiple goals in four of their last five matches and meet a Parma side who have struggled up front recently.
Despite missing a penalty in the last match, Ronaldo is still in red-hot form and will look to add to his tally this season.
Parma vs Juventus Stats
- Juventus have won 4 of their last 5 matches (all competitions).
- Juventus are unbeaten in their last 11 games (all competitions).
- Juventus have won 3 of their last 4 matches against Parma (Serie A).
- Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 10 Serie A goals this season.
- Parma have lost 4 of their last 5 home matches against Juventus (all competitions).
- Parma have not scored in 2 of their last 3 matches (Serie A).