Juventus vs Parma: Match Preview, Team News, Predicted XI | Serie A 2018-19
Juventus will be looking to get back on track after their surprising exit in the Coppa Italia after their defeat to Atalanta at the Atleti Azzurri d'Italia in Bergamo in the midweek.
The defending champions veil of invincibility was broken in the midweek when they lost for the first time in their domestic season against Atalanta. The Bianconeri were completely outplayed in the midweek and it is likely to see them coming out all guns blazing in the weekend match against Parma.
Parma has had a terrific season back in the Serie A with Crociati sitting comfortably in the 12th position with 28 points from their opening 21 matches. A win on the weekend could see Parma rising further up the table to 9th in the league.
The first encounter between the sides ended with Bianconeri winning 2-1 away.
Massimiliano Allegri has major defensive concerns to worry about with Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli all out injured while Mehadia Benatia left the club in the January transfer window. Juan Cuadrado is another name on the injury list for the Old Lady of Turin.
New signing Martin Caceres is likely to be drafted straight into the starting XI.
Bianconeri will be buoyed by the return of Pjanic, Khedira and Mandzukic from injury with all the three making the bench in the midweek.
Parma has no injuries and suspension and is likely to field their strongest XI against the defending champions.
Juraj Kucka is likely to be given his second start after his arrival from Trabzonspor.
Juventus (4-3-3): Szczesny; Cancelo, Rugani, Caceres, Sandro; Can, Bentancur, Matuidi; Dybala, Ronaldo, Douglas Costa
Parma (4-3-3): Sepe; Iacoponi, Alves, Bastoni, Gagliolo; Barilla, Scozzarella, Kucka; Gervinho, Inglese, Biabiany