Serie A weekend preview: Maurizio Sarri absent as Scudetto holders Juventus start campaign at Parma

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As the last of the major leagues to open up their new season, Serie A returns this weekend with all eyes on champions Juventus and if anyone can overthrow them.The Binaconeri have won the Italian top-flight for the past eight years and led by Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to make it nine in a row this time round.But a new season sees every team start on a level footing as Sportsmail looks ahead to the opening weekend fixtures in Italy’s top flight. Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo will look to hit the ground running at Parma on Saturday Maurizio Sarri will not be in the dugout for Juventus after being diagnosed with pneumonia SATURDAYParma vs Juventus – 5pm, Premier Sports 1Around 20 years ago this would have been a barnstormer between two title rivals, but Parma’s hopes and dreams have taken a few brutal and punishing hits since then.Instead, Roberto D’Aversa’s come into the season off a lowly mid-table finish last term following a first season back in the top flight.That’s not to say Parma will be fearing welcoming Juve to Stadio Ennio Tardini, as recently as February they drew 3-3 at the Allianz Stadium.But Juventus won 2-1 on their last trip to Parma’s back yard and it would be a surprise if they were not to do so again.   Fiorentina vs Napoli – 7.45pm, Premier Sports 1Fiorentina will be hoping the severity of the storm that saw them narrowly avoid a shock relegation last season will be a thing of the past this term.But there won’t be too much panic if that starts with defeat by a handy Napoli outfit.There are hopes for a better campaign at La Viola, especially with summer business that has captured Franck Ribery and seen them retain key man Federico Chiesa.But as ever it is Napoli who are expected to provide the chief challenge to Juventus in the title race. They will have to find form in Florence though, where they have not won in five years. French winger Franck Ribery signed for Fiorentina this week on a free transfer SUNDAYUdinese vs AC Milan – 5pm, Pre

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