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Juventus will help Ronaldo break Serie A duck – Matuidi – football news

Blaise Matuidi insisted Juventus will help Cristiano Ronaldo open his Serie A account after the superstar fired another blank for the Italian champions.

Ronaldo has experienced a barren start to life in Serie A following his blockbuster arrival from Real Madrid, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner scoreless in Juve’s 2-1 win at Parma on Saturday.

The Portugal captain, his 23 attempts at goal without scoring is the worst tally in Europe’s big-five leagues , with Nantes midfielder Valentin Rongier behind him in second with 15 shots.

The 33-year-old forward tallied eight shots against Parma without finding the back of the net but Matuidi – who scored the winner – believes Ronaldo will break his duck.

“He is a great player and will score eventually, as he’s very important for this team,” Matuidi told DAZN .

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“He was unlucky this evening, but we will help him and he’s got plenty of time.

“He was a little annoyed at not being able to score, but it’ll come.”

Douglas Costa, who came off the bench for his 50th Juve appearance, added: “Cristiano is playing in a new league and understandably he wants to score but he also knows it’s the three points that matter most.”

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Parma vs Juventus: TV channel, live stream, team news & preview – football news

Juventus will attempt to preserve their unbeaten start to the 2018-19 Serie A season when they take on Parma at Stadio Ennio Tardine on Saturday.

Massimiliano Allegri’s side have won their first two games of the season, coming from behind to see off Chievo 3-2 in their opener before beating Lazio 2-0 in Turin last week.

Star signing Cristiano Ronaldo failed to get off the mark in either of those matches and he will be eager to ensure he doesn’t draw another blank ahead of the international break.

Parma, meanwhile, have put just one point on the board thus far, following up a 2-2 draw against Udinese with a 1-0 defeat to SPAL.

Game Parma vs Juventus
Date Saturday, September 1
Time 3pm BST / 10am ET

TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch

In the United States (US) the game will be be shown live on television on Rai Italia America and it can be streamed live online using ESPN+, which is also offering a re-play service.

US TV channel Online stream
Rai Italia ESPN+

In the UK, the game is available to watch live on television on Eleven Sports 2 and it can be streamed using Eleven Sports’ online service.

UK TV channel Online stream
Eleven Sports 2 Eleven Sports online

Squads & Team News

Position Parma squad
Goalkeepers Frattali, Sepe, Bagheria
Defenders Iacoponi, Dimarco, Gobbi, B. Alves, Gazzola, Gagliolo, Di Maggio, Bastoni
Midfielders Stulac, Da Cruz, Deiola, Ciciretti, Barilla, Di Gaudio, Scozzarella, Rigoni, Dezi, Pinto, Vacca, Carriero, Biabiany, Grassi, Sprocati
Forwards Ceravolo, Sierralta, Gervinho, Inglese, Mastaj, Pelle, Longo

Parma have drafted summer signing Gervinho into their side.

Alessandro Bastoni, Amato Ciciretti, Jonathan Biabany and Jacopo Dezi are among those who are out injured.

Parma XI: Sepe; Gobbi, B. Alves, Iacoponi, Gagliolo; Grassi, Stulac, Rigoni, Di Gaudio, Gervinho, Inglese.

Subs: Frattali, Bagheria, Dimarco, Da Cruz, Deiola, Ceravolo, Sierralta, Barilla, Gazzola.

Position Juventus squad
Goalkeepers Szczesny, Pinsoglio, Perin
Defenders De Sciglio, Chiellini, Benatia, A. Sandro, Barzagli, Bonucci, Cancelo, Rugani, Spinazzola
Midfielders Pjanic, Khedira, D. Costa, Matuidi, Cuadrado, Can, Bentancur
Forwards Dybala, Ronaldo, Mandzukic, Kean, Bernardeschi

Juventus have no fresh injury concerns heading into the game, but have decided to shuffle their pack for the trip to Emilia-Romagna.

Juventus XI: Szczesny; Cancelo, A. Sandro, Chiellini, Bonucci; Pjanic, Khedira, Douglas Costa; Ronaldo, Mandzukic, Dybala.

Subs: Pinsoglio, Perin, Benatia, Matuidi, Barzagli, Cuadrado, Can, Rugani, Bentancur, Bernardeschi.

Betting & Match Odds

Juventus are strong favourites to win, with odds of 1/6 attached to a Bianconeri victory by bet365. Despite being at home, Parma are given very little chance of winning at 20/1. A draw is available at 6/1.

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Match Preview

Blaise Matuidi Miralen Pjanic Juventus Serie A

Juventus have shot straight to the top of the Serie A table after just two games and the reigning champions will be confident in their ability to add another three points against Parma.

The Bianconeri pulled off the transfer of the year when they lured Ronaldo from Real Madrid, but the Portuguese has not made the immediate impact many would have expected, though he did supply an assist for Mario Mandzukic in the win over Lazio.

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Allegri revealed that the 33-year-old was “angry” following his failure to win the UEFA Player of the Year award on Thursday, so Parma are firmly in the firing line as he looks to respond to his detractors.

“Cristiano is fine and he has trained well,” said the Juventus boss. “On Thursday, he was angry because he won the Champions League and scored 15 goals. This shows that he always wants to be the best.”

Regardless, Juve have looked impressive as a unit, with Leonardo Bonucci’s return strengthening the defence, while Miralem Pjanic appears to be thriving once more in midfield.

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