Sunday September 11 2011
Giovinco fears Juve attack

Parma have a tendency to upset Juventus and Franco Colomba hopes they can do it again in this morning's “historic encounter.”

It will be the first official match held at the newly-inaugurated Juventus Stadium and kicks off at 11.30am UK time.

“We want to get a good result in Turin, but we know it's going to be tough,” said the Coach.

“Juventus may be the Old Lady of Italian football, but they are still to be respected. Plus the first official game in their new stadium is an historic encounter, which will fire them up even more.

“Overall, I think this is going to be a wonderful test for both teams.”

Parma have won their last three meetings with Juventus and have several former Bianconeri stars in their squad, including Sebastian Giovinco.

“We are in good shape coming up to this opener,” continued Colomba. “We worked with the right intensity during this extra time after the strike postponed Week 1. We're ready to test ourselves in a match situation.”

Massimo Gobbi, Raffaele Palladino, Valdes and Rafael Marques are out of action, but ex-AZ Alkmaar striker Graziano Pellè is expected to start with support from Giovinco. The Atomic Ant will be making his 100th Serie A appearance.

Parma squad: Mirante, Pavarini, Gallinetta; Brandao, Feltscher, Lucarelli, Paletta, Rubin, Santacroce, Zaccardo; Blasi, Galloppa, Jadid, Modesto, Morrone, Musacci, Nwankwo, Valiani, Ze Eduardo; Biabiany, Crespo, Floccari, Giovinco, Pellè