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Tactical Battles That Will Shape Juventus' Clash with Parma

Parma's Dal Belo Felipe, of Brazil, left, vies for the ball with Juventus' Fernando Llorente Torres, of Spain, during their Serie A soccer match at Parma's Tardini stadium, Italy, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Marco Vasini)
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Jack Alexandros RathbornContributor IIIMarch 25, 2014

Juve enter Wednesday's clash with Parma on the road to greatness.

It is another match at the Juventus Stadium which they will hope will be a part of their historic season.

The Bianconeri are now just four victories away from the great Bordeaux side of the '80s and on their way to a perfect season at home after 14 victories in succession.

Parma arrive in Turin on Wednesday off the back of a 17-game unbeaten run, even though their momentum was halted by Genoa in a frustrating 1-1 draw at the Tardini on Sunday.

Juve is now 4 wins behind Bordeaux's 1984/85 team (18) for most home wins in a row in Europe's history

— David Amoyal (@DavidAmoyal) March 9, 2014

One of the key factors in deciding Wednesday's outcome will be how closely Juve can track the movement of Antonio Cassano.

In that gap between the defence and midfield, defenders with athleticism such as Martin Caceres and Leonardo Bonucci will be stepping out from the back to prevent Fantantonio from producing his magic.

Cassano is on his way to a World Cup place and will want to make a statement on Wednesday that he can produce against the very best.

Paul Pogba will also come into this tactical battle when Cassano drops deep and is allowed to turn and run at the Bianconeri defence, the Frenchman will need to turn quickly and trace the Italian's dribbles towards goal.

Antonio Mirante may be called into action plenty of times, too, with Andrea Pirlo's deadly accuracy from free-kicks over the past couple weeks proving to be decisive.

Wonderful strikes against Genoa and Fiorentina have shown that against top goalkeepers, such as Mattia Perin and Neto, the maestro can find the back of the net.

Carlos Tevez is also a big danger for the Crociati in this game, with the Argentine proving decisive in Sicily on Sunday against Catania with a great reaction, seizing an opportunity and burying a chance past Mariano Andujar.

But Parma arguably have the best centre-back partnership in the league this season, with Alessandro Lucarelli and Gabriel Paletta proving to be the foundation for this superb season under Roberto Donadoni.

Tevez has already matched the goal total Plarini and Ibrahimovic scored in Serie A (16) in their first season at Juve (GdS)

— David Amoyal (@DavidAmoyal) March 25, 2014

Both will need to be on hand to prevent El Apache and his partner, likely to be Fernando Llorente instead of Dani Osvaldo.

Lastly, a key battle could prove to be Kwadwo Asamoah and Jonathan Biabiany, two of the quickest players in the game, let alone in Serie A.

Their teams will rely on them getting the better of one another in order to prove decisive in this game.

The Frenchman is fresh after resting for the game against the Grifone, while the Ghanaian also sat out from the start against the Elefanti in Sunday's games.

It should prove to be an explosive battle that should sum up the match in general.

It should be fascinating to see who comes out on top between two of Serie A's most in-form sides, with the surprising hot streak of Atalanta making up the top three.

One streak is going to end on Wednesday, whether that is the unbeaten one of the Gialloblu or the winning streak at the Juventus Stadium.

 

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