Our prediction for this Serie B match:
Monday’s football game between Brescia and Parma will bring down the curtain on day 17 of the new Serie B campaign. Brescia have been having their ups and downs of late, with the team beating Spal, losing to Reggina, while sharing the spoils with Cosenza, and they must be high on spirits ahead of the visit of Parma. All Dimitri Bisoli, Andrea Cistana, and Giacomo Olzer are out of contention with injuries, while there are no suspended players in the home team.
The Gli Emiliani, on the other hand, are on a three-game winless run in the Italian second tier. Parma failed to impress in a 1-0 loss to Benevento, and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Brescia’s party at Stadio Mario Rigamonti. In their last meeting at the venue Brescia defeated Parma thanks to Stefano Moreo’s goal. To make things even worse for the away team, Romania forward Valentin Mihaila limped off with injury in the midweek defeat.
Highlighted Player (Gianluigi Buffon):
Gianluigi Buffon is a legendary Italian goalkeeper. The 191-cm-tall shoot-stopper was born in Carrara, Italy on 28 January, 1978 and he began his senior career at Parma. After making 169 league appearances for the Gli Emiliani, he joined Juventus in 2001 and he has been playing for the “Old Lady” ever since.
Buffon is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the history of football and he won seven Serie A trophies with Juve. In 2006 he helped Italy clinch the FIFA World Cup trophy as they defeated France on penalties in the title game. He managed to keep no less than five clean sheets at the showpiece tournament in Germany.
Buffon set a number of records and it has to be noted that he is a goalkeeper with most number of clean sheets and penalty kicks saved in the Serie A. His mother Mara Stella was a discus thrower, while his father Adriano was a weightlifter. Gigi’s contract with Juve expires on 30 June, 2018.
Highlighted Team (Parma):
Founded in 1913, Parma is considered one of the most famous Italian clubs. The Gialloblu play home games in white shirts with a dark blue cross and dark blue shorts. Speaking of their away colours, Parma footballers wear yellow-blue kits on the travels. Parma have yet to win the Serie A trophy, but they did well to lift the UEFA Cup trophy on two occasions (1994/1995, 1998/1999).
To make things even better for Parma fans, the Gialloblu won the European Cup Winners’ Cup in the 1992/1993 season, with the team beating Royal Antwerp in the title game 3-1. A number of top-class footballers played for Parma in the past: Hernan Crespo, Roberto Mancini, Juan Veron, Roberto Mancini, Dino Baggio, Fabio Cannavaro and Gianluigi Buffon.
The Gialloblu welcome their rivals at Stadio Ennio Tardini, which was opened in 1923. The venue can hold up to 27,906 spectators. Bologna are considered Parma’s biggest rivals and there have always been fireworks in matches between the two sides.