Parma’s return to Serie A has started extremely well. A good away point at Udinese was followed by three points in the Stadio Tardini against Sicilian club Catania. In fairness neither Udinese nor Catania have started well this term but that should take nothing away from Parma as one can only confront the teams the calendar commands and although slightly out of spirits, they are both good sides. The next team in front of the Gialloblu however, is a much more daunting opponent, and they are in form. Inter will await Parma at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza still revelling in there demolition of city rivals Milan. The 4-0 score line was a hammer blow to critics who had already attacked Jose Mourinho’s team after their opening day home draw with Bari. It was not just the score line but the manner in which they beat Milan that will worry Francesco Guidolin as the Nerazzurri seemed energised by new signing Wesley Sneijder. Even a draw for the Emiliani would be a big result, as Inter seldom drop points at home.
Inter – Inter would ideally like to start with the same XI that won the derby. Wesley Sneijder took what appeared to be a serious knock playing for Holland, further scans should it was a simple sprain but his fitness remains to be assessed. Other than that the Nerazzurri should be able to choose the same back four and goalkeeper. The mid-field will have Dejan Stankovic playing holding role allowing Sneijder to utilise an attacking mid-field position is complemented by the ever present Javier Zanetti and new boy Thiago Motta who will play out in the wide positions. The new partnership of Diego Milito and Samuel Eto’o will head the front line and with the jury still out the new front men have a point to prove. José Mourinho will expect nothing more than a win this weekend, he has been told by Massimo Moratti that winning the league is the least he is expected to do and after a nervous start against Bari the “Special One” will want Inter to carry on the momentum from the Derby della Madonnina.
25 Samuel – 6 Lucio – 26 Chivu – 13 Maicon
5 Stankovic – 10 Sneijder – 8 Motta – 4 Zanetti
9 Eto – 22 Milito
Parma – Parma may see some interesting changes from the side that beat Catania last time out. They have managed to secure the services of Cristian Zaccardo from Wolfsburg, Blerim Dzemaili on loan from Torino and veteran Nicola Amoruso also from Torino. Parma have strengthened impressively over the summer in a concerted effort not to fall back into the doldrums of Serie B, many will remember this fixture in the early 1990s when a Parma team with names such as Faustino Asprilla, Gianfranco Zola, Tomas Brolin and Hristo Stoichkov, challenged for supremacy in arenas such as the Giuseppe Meazza. Those names are now gone but a new batch will be looking to write their own pages in the Gialloblu history books. Alberto Paloschi looks like the danger man with two goals in two games and the line up will probably not change too much from the eleven who managed four points from six and move Parma to a creditable sixth place.
2 Panucci – 24 Paci – 6 Lucarelli – 19 Zenoni
17 Mariga – 14 Galloppa – 4 Morrone
43 Paloschi – 9 Lanzafame – 20 Biabiany
Parma have had a good start to this term and have performed well in both games they have played so far, whereas Inter had a nervous home draw with Bari which was wiped from the memory with a crushing demolition of Milan. Considering Inter are the home team however, it would seem a draw may be all Parma can hope for, but if Jose Mourinho’s side play like they did last week then an Inter win is all that will be on the cards. Parma can take heart in that they have strengthened their squad well and will expect to drop some points at the hands of the bigger clubs, it will be how they react to this that will be key in the long season ahead. The game is not a fore gone conclusion and Francesco Guidolin will no doubt be using Bari’s example to motivate his team. This game will definitely be one of the picks of the weekend.