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snakies2010-05-05 10:16:06 +0000 #1
Serie A Week 18 - 6/1/10 (14.00 UK)

Parma - Juventus

LIVE ON ESPN

Stadio Tardini

Relativity is everything in football as Parma, hailed quite rightly as this year’s revelation, host Juventus having also failed to win their last three games.

However, Francesco Guidolin’s men have only lost once in their last fives matches, the defeat coming away to Roma on December 20.

The Gialloblu also boast a formidable home record, second only to Inter’s, having won six and drawn one of their eight games at the Ennio Tardini this season.

With just two points separating Parma from Juventus, one can safely assume the fifth placed Gialloblu will be eager to inflict yet more misery on Ciro Ferrara and his beleaguered players.

They go into this fixture with form, too, after a winter tour of Malta yielded two big victories –

3-1 against Valletta and 4-0 against Hibernians.

At centre-stage was an attacking trident of former Juventini: Valeri Bojinov, Nicola Amoruso and Davide Lanzafame.

Meanwhile, Juventus sought winter refuge in Saudi Arabia where they faced Al Ittihad, drawing 2-2 thanks to goals from Seba Giovinco and Christian Poulsen.

The friendly gave an indication that Ferrara would return to the 4-4-2 formation used under his predecessor, Claudio Ranieri.

Unfortunately for him, it’s not always the system that wins the game, but the performances of individual players.

Alex Manninger, the former Arsenal goalkeeper, standing in for the injured Gigi Buffon, was simply atrocious against the Saudis, making two gaffes that led to two goals.

Hopefully his performance will act as a wake up call for Wednesday if, that is, a run of three-straight defeats against Cagliari, Bari and Catania hasn’t already had the desired effect.

Ferrara needs a win if he is to stave off the talk that Guus Hiddink is being groomed as his replacement.

With Milan set to arrive in Turin on Sunday, the need to carry three points away from Parma is all the more imperative.

Keep an eye on: Daniele Galloppa (Parma) – The absence of a ball-playing central midfielder has really cost Juventus this season, and Galloppa can show them what they are missing on Wednesday. The 24-year-old is a well-known Inter fan and would perhaps like nothing better than sticking it to their fiercest rivals.

Last five in Serie A: Parma (W W D D L) Juventus (W W L L L)

Last season: Not played

Parma (probable): Mirante; Zaccardo, Dellafiore, Panucci, Castellini; Dzemaili, Morrone, Galloppa; Lanzafame, Amoruso, Bojinov

Juventus (probable): Manninger; Caceres, Grygera, Legrottaglie, Grosso; Salihamidzic, Melo, Marchisio, De Ceglie; Trezeguet, Diego

Ref: Rizzoli


snakies2010-05-05 10:23:14 +0000 #2
Guidolin enjoys Juve rivalry

Tuesday 5 January, 2010

Francesco Guidolin feels Parma have every possibility of beating Juventus. “A decade ago the Gialloblu were the stronger side.”

These two clubs used to battle for the Scudetto, UEFA Cup, Coppa Italia and Italian Super Cup back in the 1990s.

“At the time Parma were the stronger side, but things are different now. Nonetheless, it remains a very intriguing challenge.”

Both have since been in Serie B and tomorrow’s game, which you can watch LIVE on ESPN from 14.00, is a head-to-head for third place.

“I hope to win, but we are aware that even if that happens this weekend, Juventus will end the season in front of us,” said Guidolin.

“They are a tough side to face at the best of times and we are not at our best at the moment.”

Massimo Paci and Alessandro Lucarelli are out of action, although Milan-owned Alberto Paloschi is back upfront.

“In my view the Christmas break was too long, as we were in positive form. Juve needed that time off to train and concentrate on their tactics. They remain a great squad.”
Snake2010-05-05 10:57:33 +0000 #3
What time does this match start?

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