NEWS
Saturday August 24 2019
Line-ups: Parma v Juventus

Juventus start Gonzalo Higuain, Cristiano Ronaldo, Douglas Costa and Blaise Matuidi in their trip to Gervinho’s Parma, as the 2019-20 Serie A season finally begins.

It kicks off at the Stadio Tardini at 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT).

You can follow all the build-up and action as it happens from this game and Fiorentina-Napoli on the LIVEBLOG.

Maurizio Sarri has been left behind in Turin, as he continues his recovery from pneumonia, and won’t be on the bench against Napoli next week either.

Assistant manager Giovanni Martusciello is in his place, but keeping in constant contact with the former Chelsea boss.

The new Coach is still trying to get his ideas across to Juve, who won eight consecutive Serie A titles under Antonio Conte and Max Allegri, both far more defensive-minded bosses than Sarri.

Aaron Ramsey and Daniele Rugani are out of action, but Ronaldo is back to full fitness after a muscular issue and starts in a trident attack with Douglas Costa and surprisingly Higuain.

Although Dybala was linked with Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Paris Saint-Germain, he had impressed in pre-season friendlies in the False 9 role.

However, La Joya is only on the bench, while other supposedly transfer-listed players like Matuidi and Sami Khedira start.

Leonardo Bonucci and Mattia De Sciglio are preferred to new boys Matthijs de Ligt and Danilo, so there are no summer signings – apart from returning Higuain – in the starting XI.

Parma have already played one competitive game, beating Venezia 3-1 in the Coppa Italia with a Gervinho brace last week.

The Ivorian veteran and Roberto Inglese remain from last season, with 19-year-old Dejan Kulusevski given the nod on loan from Atalanta rather than Inter-owned Yann Karamoh.

Juraj Kucka is not fully fit, so Gaston Brugman and Hernani play in midfield.

Parma: Sepe; Laurini, Iacoponi, Bruno Alves, Gagliolo; Hernani, Brugman, Barillà; Kulusevski, Inglese, Gervinho

Parma bench: Colombi, Dermaku, Machin, Karamoh, Grassi, Cornelius, Scozzarella, Siligardi, Ceravolo, Kucka, Ricci, Sprocati

Juventus: Szczesny; De Sciglio, Bonucci, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Khedira, Pjanic, Matuidi; Douglas Costa, Higuain, Ronaldo

Juventus bench: Pinsoglio, Buffon, De Ligt, Dybala, Danilo, Cuadrado, Mandzukic, Emre Can, Rabiot, Demiral, Bentancur, Bernardeschi