Fitting that on the eve of Halloween, Palermo will play the opponent that haunted them last season.
Nobody can forget the horror show that took place at the Renzo Barbera when Guidolin’s men dismantled and destroyed Rossi’s boys to the tune of a 7-0 thrashing. This season, the side led by Guidolin is still soaring high – last week’s defeat aside. While this match doesn’t take place in Palermo, it does take place at the Stadio Friuli, where Palermo has not won since the 2006/07 season when Guidolin was guiding the Rosanero!
It will be an entirely different scenario at the Friuli this time around. Even if Zamparini’s honorary (or dishonorable) handkerchiefs are still in players’ pockets, only 5 of the 11 starters that day are still with the team. Nevertheless, Udinese is a team to be concerned about as their lightning-quick style of attack is one of the prettier things to witness.
Palermo’s road woes have already been documented and Mangia’s men are still looking for their first away goal, much less than an actual win outside the Barbera. Still, if Serie A has taught us anything, it’s that calcio is a strange game and on any day, upsets can occur. If Palermo can find a way to exploit the Zebrette on the counterattack, who knows what could happen. Besides, the defense that will be fielded tomorrow will in no way possible be worse than the one that was on the pitch for last season’s drubbing.
pisano – silvestre – cetto – balzaretti
migliaccio – bačinovič – barreto
abel – miccoli
Bench: benussi; aguirregaray, mantovani; acquah, alvarez, della rocca, zahavi
The back four seems to be decided and the midfield should consist of the Slovenian armed on either side by Migliaccio and Barreto. It’ll be interesting to see whether this partnership can stick and become known as the “Bash Brothers”. The 4-3-1-2 has worked well in the past two games and the rejuvenated look of Iličić provides a sense of relief to the one that has showed up previously. Up top, unless Mangia opts for Zahavi last minute, it should be an Abel-Miccoli tandem as Pinilla did not make the trip due to lower back pain.
It’s hard to imagine the Rosanero coming away with a win in a place where they haven’t found one in nearly 4 years. Yet, anything is possible. The key to Sunday’s match will be who dictates the tempo of the game. If Palermo can manage to play compactly while relying on swift counters, success is obtainable. Regardless, being able to watch the Rosanero three times in just 7 days is fantastic. Forza Palermo!
SIAMO TERRONI E CE NE VANTIAMOOOOOOO!!!!!