Juve Hope To Keep Title Chase With a Win Against Parma

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Juventus go back on the road to face Parma
after responding well to their first Serie A
defeat of the season in their previous away
match.
Antonio Conte’s men recorded convincing
home wins over Genoa and Catania to undo
some of the damage inflicted upon them by
the 4-2 loss at Fiorentina, when they
surrendered a two-goal half-time lead.
That result saw the champions lose ground
on Serie A leaders Roma but their overall
form, which has seen them drop just five
points from the 30 available, still has them
in a strong position heading into Saturday’s
match.
And their response to the setback has been
impressive, with six goals scored in the
previous two games without reply – while
only Roma and Inter can better Juve’s haul
of 22 strikes this term.
Parma’s home record has bailed them out of
trouble after Roberto Donadoni’s charges
kicked off the campaign with a four-match
winless run.
A three-game winning streak at the Stadio
Ennio Tardini – including a dramatic 3-2
triumph over AC Milan – has lifted them to
the relative safety of mid-table, but they
have not beaten this weekend’s visitors in
the last four meetings.
Parma have fared relatively well against
Juve on home soil in their two most recent
title-winning seasons, holding them to a
goalless stalemate in the 2011-12 campaign
and a 1-1 draw last term.
Juve’s last win in Parma came in January
2010, when a Paolo Castellini own goal
sealed a 2-1 victory for the visitors.
The hosts will look to Marco Parolo for
inspiration, with the 28-year-old midfielder
having scored five of their 16 league goals,
including a double in the win over the
Rossoneri.
Neither side has any fresh injury concerns,
with Fabio Quagliarella and Mirko
Vucinic unlikely to return from their thigh
injuries for Juventus. Carlos Tevez and
Arturo Vidal – with seven and eight goals
apiece in all competitions this season – will
look to carry the Bianconeri threat.
The match comes up 6PM local time

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