The 4-1 opening win over Parma proved to be a sign of things to come as Juventus went on to win the Serie A title, and the Bianconceri are certainly hoping for a similar scenario. Il Ducali are not the sort of team that would defend for their lives at Juventus Arena, which should guarantee us an exciting game of football in Turin.
Main candidates for the title
Despite the heavy investment in the playing squad last summer, Juventus were not seen as the main candidates for the Serie A title, but they did really well to beat Milan to the first league title after nine years. The Bianconeri have since further reinforced their squad with the likes of Giovinco, Isla, Asamoah, Leali, Lucio, Boakye and Pogba, and with most of their title rivals weaker than last season, they are now rightly considered hot favourites for the title. Juventus may have signed a number of quality players in the summer, but they have yet to bring a high-profile centre forward, which was their number one priority. Until the new striker arrives, Seba Giovinco and Mirko Vucinic will form the attacking partnership, with Marchisio, Vidal and few other players helping in the attacking phase. Following the 4-2 win over Napoli in the Italian Super Cup, the Bianconeri can be trusted to continue the scoring run against Parma.
Gianluigi Buffon, Martin Caceres, Giorgio Chiellini and Maurizio Isla are all sidelined, but that shouldn’t prove to be a problem as Antonio Conte, who will watch the game from the stands, has got plenty of quality players at his disposal.
No Giovinco – no party?
Parma have finally made a transition from a team fighting for their lives to the one battling for mid table finish and the club chiefs are doing their best to keep the squad competitive. Il Ducali did stay without Sebastian Giovinco, who played a key part last season, but they signed Ishak Belfodil, Sotiris Ninis and Dorlan Pabon, players with excellent attacking characteristics. As a result, Parma looked really good in pre-season, with Pabon especially impressive, and the Colombian is now expected to form a formidable attacking partnership with experienced striker Amauri. With Jonathan Biabiany also in the side, and players like Pelle and Belfodil waiting on the bench, it is no wonder il Ducali are set to adopt a positive approach at Juventus Arena. They managed to score one goal in Turin last season and I wouldn’t be against them scoring at least one this time out.
Midfielder Danielle Galloppa is suspended, while Fabiano Santacrocce, Rafaelle Palladino and Nicola Sansone are out injured.
Juventus aim to start the new campaign with a bang and are expected to attack their opponents from the off, but Parma could respond in similar manner. Il Ducali are basically attack-minded side and that should guarantee us an open game at Juventus Arena.
Our prediction: Over 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.83 (5/6)