Juventus’ days as Serie A holders are numbered and the mood in the opposing camp is just as bleak as Parma battle the drop. The Bianconeri sit in third, 12 points behind leaders Inter and only three ahead of Napoli who are pushing hard for a Champions League berth.
Where and when: Allianz Stadium, Turin – 21 April, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Juventus vs. Parma: Premier Sports 1
Last time: The Bianconeri thrashed Parma 4-0 in Emilia-Romagna.
Juventus v Parma Predictions and Preview
Andrea Pirlo will hope to have Cristiano Ronaldo back for the midweek encounter with Parma. The Bianconeri talisman sat out the showdown with Atalanta with a flexor injury and it was Paulo Dybala who deputised for his colleague.
The Argentine’s campaign has been blighted by injury and poor form and Dybala looks set to leave Turin after seven seasons. The diminutive playmaker did have a new contract offer on the table for a considerable period of time but his demands were deemed unrealistic and a switch to Chelsea has recently been mooted.
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Nevertheless, Dybala is needed by Pirlo and can use the next six weeks to put himself in the shop window and give a reminder of his obvious ability. The 27-year-old is 15/4 to open proceedings and Ronaldo is available at 2/1.
Fellow forward Alvaro Morata has made no secret of his desire to stay at Juventus beyond the current term but is relying on parent club Atletico Madrid to lower their demands. The former Chelsea ace is 8/11 to break the deadlock and the hosts are 1/4 to clinch victory.
Visitors Parma are seven points adrift of safety and realistically need to win five of the last eight fixtures to have any chance of retaining their top flight status. The much-loved Crociati have struggled in the final third and even rock bottom Crotone have comfortably outscored Roberto D’Aversa’s downbeat troops.
Graziano Pelle arrived in the winter and has provided an aerial threat and presence. The well-travelled striker was also a short-term option for Juventus in January and is 12/5 to register anytime. Midfielders Hernani and Juraj Kucka have 12 goals and four assists between them and can be found at 9/1 and 4/1, respectively, to notch anytime. Parma are 9/1 to come away with the spoils and begin the great escape in the best way possible. A stalemate is 5/1.
One to watch for Juventus: It was his time in Emilia-Romagna that convinced the Bianconeri to spend big on Dejan Kulusevski and the €44m recruit is 6/1 to hit the last effort.
One to watch for Parma: The Crociati beat off competition from Fiorentina for highly rated youngster Dennis Man and the attacker is 3/1 to bag anytime.
Long shot: Parma have kept one clean sheet since the middle of December and will be up against it from the opening whistle, irrespective of the Bianconeri’s position. Chiesa, Kulusevski, Dybala and Morata are hugely talented and all need to produce for different reasons. A 5-0 success for the outgoing champions is 28/1.