NEWS
Saturday August 25 2012
Line-ups: Juventus-Parma

Juventus begin the defence of their Scudetto the way last term started, by facing Parma in Turin with Sebastian Giovinco upfront. However, there is a heavy thunderstorm over the Juventus Stadium and kick-off could possibly be delayed.

The Bianconeri’s first match in their unbeaten run of 2011-12 was a 4-1 victory over the Ducali, but this time Antonio Conte is not on the bench due to his 10-month ban.

Massimo Carrera takes the reins, although he is without the injured Gianluigi Buffon, Lucio, Martin Caceres, Mauricio Isla and Simone Pepe.

Giovinco faces his former teammates by partnering Mirko Vucinic, while youngster Luca Marrone is again re-routed to defence after his summer experiments.

Parma have Daniele Galloppa suspended, plus Amauri, Raffaele Palladino, Nicola Sansone and Fabiano Santacroce unavailable.

Roberto Donadoni’s men ended last season with a club record seven consecutive victories, but give the Serie A debut to Colombian hitman Dorlan Pabon.

Jonathan Biabiany is pushed up into an attacking role to support him, while Aleandro Rosi steps into midfield.

Juventus: Storari; Barzagli, Marrone, Bonucci; Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, Asamoah; Giovinco, Vucinic

Juventus bench: Storari, Barzagli, Marrone, Bonucci, Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, Asamoah, Giovinco, Vucinic

Parma: Mirante; Zaccardo, Paletta, Lucarelli; Rosi, Acquah, Valdes, Parolo, Gobbi; Pabon, Biabiany

Parma bench: Pavarini, Bajza, Fideleff, Benalouane, Musacci, Modesto, Morrone, Ninis, Belfodil, Pelle

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