Even though Parma is going through difficult times now, that doesn't reflect their game. Look at their recent results!
Parma Lecce 3-1
Chievo Parma 0-2
Parma Empoli 4-0
Before that there were two losses (Milan and Roma) and a tie with Brescia.
Still, 7 goals in 3 games is quite impressive.
Furthermore, Parma holds 4th Champions Leage spot, which is very wanted by Lazio which is 3 points behind but an extra game with Roma.
So Parma has something to fight for. And of course, there is Alberto Gilardino there.
Is DP back for sure? In any case I wouldn't start him seeing as he sucked when he started against Udinese following his comeback after his first injury, but when he came off the bench against this same Parma side he was able to find the net and set up Pavel's goal.
I'd go with pretty much the same team that beat Lazio, afterall, why change a winning formula?
I may be a Juve fan first and foremost, but there's something I really love about Parma. And it's not just because Juve signed so many great Parma expatriates over the years.
To me, Parma represents the "canary in the mine" for the health of Lega Calcio. They don't have the major media market to amass a major budget, they never have the big enough budget to sign top-flight players, but they always play a dangerous game no matter who they are up against. They invest in less expensive youth and often serve as a sort of incubator for future Serie A talent.
Particularly given all their difficulties this year (I mean, financial/front office crises, they lose both Mutu and Adriano over last year's squad, totally in the red, etc.), that they managed to be where they are is astounding. I just wish more teams learned from them and didn't resort to buying their way to victory.
As for this Sunday's match? I think that depends on what Juve defense decides to show up: the embarrassing muff/Montero ejected defense, or a relatively solid one where Buffon covers for their limited mistakes. It all depends on how many offensive opportunities we leave them, as Parma excells at taking advantage of what little they are offered sometimes.
I have hopes for a pretty solid Juve defensive effort this time. And while lousy against our peers, we've done well this season against teams not quite in our ranks.
I forecast 2-1 Juve, with a slight chance of 2-2 draw.