In a clash between two teams who generally provide very entertaining performances, both Palermo and Roma enter into Saturday evening’s match with some heavy absences.
While Palermo will be without key men in Migliaccio and Silvestre, Roma also has a multitude of absences due to suspension and injury: Stekelenburg, Cassetti, Osvaldo, Juan, Burdisso, Pjanic and Taddei. Nonetheless, the arsenal is still well stocked with De Rossi, Totti, Borini and Lamela all getting the start.
After last week’s embarrassing showing, or lack thereof, Palermo will need a better all around performance from the defense and midfield. Seeing this, Mutti has opted for Zahavi from the start while Acquah gets a rare appearance due to Migliaccio’s absence. Munoz will once again be given a shot, this time paired in the middle with Mantovani. Balzaretti’s return to the lineup is a very welcome sight.
Pisano – Munoz – Mantovani – Pisano
Acquah – Donati – Barreto
Budan – Miccoli
Bench: Tzorvas; Milanovic; Della Rocca, Ilicic, Vazquez, Bertolo; Abel Hernandez