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Game Time Thread: Juventus vs. Parma

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One final game away from home in 2020.

Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus FC celebrates during the Serie... Photo by Nicolò Campo/LightRocket via Getty Images

Juventus’ final two games of 2020 look a lot like much of the schedule of the 2020-21 season to date. By that I mean, there are two games on the schedule where the opposition Juventus will be facing in their is far from impressive both in terms of their form and their overall standing in the Serie A table.

So, here we are, the final weekend where Juve will play in 2020 and Juventus will be lining up against a team that is far from the mid-table yet dangerous opponent they were a season ago.

Juventus has made the trip over to the Tardini where they will face a struggling Parma side in the final away fixture o the 2020 calendar year. Parma, who no longer have a certain young Swede that impressed the hell out of just about everybody in Serie A on their roster, enter this game sitting just outside the relegation zone and with all of one win in their last six games. It has been far from a replication of last season for Parma, which has managed to score all of 12 goals through their first 12 games of the season.

Basically, we are here to see if Juventus can prevent what has happened against so many other lower-table sides this season. If it feels like I’ve typed something along those lines a lot this season, that’s because I have. And, honestly, I wish it wasn’t that way, but when Juventus has as many draws as it does wins through the first 12 fixtures of the new season, it’s tough to not think about what they’ve failed to do against teams they most surely would beat much more often than not.

Maybe Juventus will surprise us today and get a nice, comfortable win.

It sure would nice knowing that these are the last two games of a hectic 10-game run where rest has been pretty much only available for those who haven’t regularly featured.

MATCH INFO

When: Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020

Where: Stadio Ennio Tardini, Parma, Italy

Official kickoff time: 8:45 p.m. local time in Italy and across Europe; 7:45 p.m. in the United Kingdom; 2:45 p.m. Eastern Time; 11:45 a.m. Pacific Time

STARTING LINEUPS

Juventus starting XI (4-4-2?): Buffon; Danilo, de Ligt, Bonucci, Alex Sandro; Kulusevski, McKennie, Bentancur, Ramsey; Morata, Ronaldo

Juventus bench: Szczesny, Pinsoglio, Cuadrado, Dragusin, Frabotta, Chiesa, Rabiot, Bernardeschi, Portanova, Da Graca

Parma starting XI (4-4-2): Sepe; Iacoponi, Osorio, Bruno Alves, Gagliolo; Kurtic, Hernani, Kucka, Sohm; Cornelius, Gervinho

HOW TO WATCH

Television: RAI Italia North America (United States); RAI Italia North America, TLN (Canada); Premier Sports 1 (United Kingdom)

Online/mobile: ESPN+ (United States); DAZN (Canada); Premier Player HD (United Kingdom); DAZN, DAZN1, Sky GO Italia (Italy)

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