Juventus vs Parma

 Juventus vs Parma: Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time, and team news for Serie A opener.Serie A makes its return this weekend, and rather aptly Juventus has the honor of kicking off proceedings.

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The Bianconeri have won the league in the last eight seasons and begin their title defense in Parma on Saturday afternoon after an intriguing summer.

Juventus bid goodbye to Massimiliano Allegri after five extremely successful seasons that delivered a combined 11 trophies, replacing him with Maurizio Sarri.

The former Chelsea manager was one of Juventus’ fiercest rivals during his three seasons with Napoli and his arrival in Turin should usher in a significant change in style.

The 60-year-old likes his teams to play a high-tempo pressing game with a big emphasis on attacking, while Allegri adopted an altogether more conservative approach.

Whether Sarri manages to get his team buying into his philosophy remains to be seen. During his solitary season in charge of Chelsea, the Italian won the Europa League but his side never looked entirely comfortable with his brand of soccer.

Sarri, who will miss the first two matches of the season with a bout of pneumonia, has been backed in the transfer market this summer with Juventus spending $84 million on Ajax prodigy Matthijs de Ligt.

Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot, meanwhile, arrived on free transfers from Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain, respectively and Gianluigi Buffon returned after spending one season with the French giants.

Most of Juventus’ summer, however, has been spent trying to offload players. Rather surprisingly, the reigning Serie A champions have looked to sell Paulo Dybala, but negotiations with Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur were unsuccessful.

United was also reportedly interested in signing Mario Mandzukic but as things stand the Croatian will begin the season with Juventus.

If Dybala and Mandzukic remain at the club, they could be consigned to part-time roles as Juventus’ main attacking option remains Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese scored 28 goals in 43 games in all competitions in his first season in Italy and will be looking to spearhead another title challenge.

For its part, Parma will be happy with a year of consolidation after avoiding relegation in its first season back in Serie A. The Crusaders finished three points above the relegation zone last year and its summer business has been the polar opposite of Juventus, with just under $11 million spent on players.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Saturday.

Cristiano Ronaldo holds the Italian Champion’s trophy at the end of the Italian Serie A match between Juventus and Atalanta on May 19 at the Allianz stadium in Turin.MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/GETTY

When and where is the game?

Parma host Juventus at the Stadio Ennio Tardini on Saturday, August 24, with kickoff scheduled for 6 p.m. local time (12 p.m. ET).

Juventus won the corresponding fixture 2-1 last year.

TV coverage and live stream

The game will be broadcast live on ESPN+ will also be available in Italian on RAI Italia via fuboTV.

Form

Juventus’s preseason was a mixed bag, with defeats against Tottenham Hotspur and Atletico Madrid balanced against wins against third division side Triestina and Inter Milan, albeit the latter coming after a penalty shootout.

Parma won one of its three preseason games, drawing one and losing the other, but got the season proper off to a positive start with a 3-1 win over Venezia in the third round of the Italian Cup.

Parma’s only absence is midfielder Juraj Kucka, while Juventus will be at full strength except for coach Maurizio Sarri, who will miss the first two games of the season due to a bout of pneumonia.

Odds

Unsurprisingly, Juventus is the bookmakers’ pick for the game. According to Oddschecker, the defending champions are 33/100 to win on Saturday, while Parma is 19/2 and the draw is at 21/5.

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