Juventus open their Serie A title defense on Saturday, Aug. 24, away against Parma at the Stadio Ennio Tardini. Here’s what to know before you watch.
Juventus, winners of the last eight consecutive Serie A titles, kick off the new season in Italy on the road against Parma with a new manager and some added talent. While Juve are looking to primarily challenge for the Champions League, don’t be surprised if they dominate the league once again this season.
The Old Lady has dominated the Italian domestic season for much of the decade and this season looks to be no different. Heavily favored to win it all again, Juve will look to grab the three points during Serie A’s opening weekend as Cristiano Ronaldo looks to have another strong season.
Although favored once again, the team is now coached by former Napoli and Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri, adding even more spice to a rivalry that has been largely one-sided in recent years. Sarriball will also add a new playing style to a side that had found stability under the coaching of Massimiliano Allegri.
Sarri isn’t the only new face in Turin. The club had a fruitful summer transfer season. Former Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt, former PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot and Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey could all be making their Serie A debuts on Saturday. Former Italy international Gianluigi Buffon, who spent last season at PSG, returns in net for Juventus.
Parma, who finished 14th last season, will look to improve on that this season. The team has signed reinforcements, most notably veteran center back Bruno Alves from Scottish side Glasgow Rangers. Last season, the team was led offensively by former Roma and Ivory Coast star Gervinho, who recorded 11 goals and two assists.
The Serie A game between Parma and Juventus will be live streamed on ESPN+, which you can access with your cable or satellite subscriptions, either online or through the ESPN+ app.
Juventus holds a 22-16-10 all-time record against Parma in Serie A, going 3-1-1 in their last five meetings. Juve also have a commanding 31-18-13 record when you take into account all competitions. The sides famously contested the two-legged UEFA Cup final in 1995. Parma won the tournament, the precursor to the current Europa League, 2-1 on aggregate.