Pink and Purple in Peril

Fiorentina Palermo

With only 7 matches left in the 2011-2012 Serie A season, Palermo are doing their utmost to finish in the worst league position since returning to Serie A. Nobody expected a win against Juventus, especially with the improvised backline, but now the team has to tackle another obstacle. Fiorentina on the road, for obvious reasons not the easiest hurdle to take, even if they are underperforming under the guidance of former Rosanero boss Delio Rossi.

If we take a quick look at that Viola team, sitting in 15th position at 36 points (only 3 behind Palermo), we see more familiar faces with former Palermo heroes Amauri & Mattia Cassani. The latter is technically still on loan from Palermo, while Amauri finally got away at Juventus, only to score the winning goal against Milan this weekend. It was the Viola’s first win in 6 games, only their 4th in the last 15.

On the other side, we see a Palermo team not able to break the bad spell of results, winning only once in the last 7 games and not doing a lot better than Fiorentina in the last 15, with 5 wins. With a disastrous season that can only be described as ‘transition year’ approaching its conclusion, Palermo can only try to show some fighting spirit and bring home the 5th win in 8 visits to the Franchi and the second away win of the season. After all, 8th place is still worth fighting for as the top 8 teams gain a valuable advantage in next year’s Coppa.

With both teams (but especially the Florentines) still not safe from relegation, this might be a key match in that process. A Palermo win puts the team past the psychological 40 point mark with 42, while a Viola win could provide the purple boys with some breathing space at a possible 8 points above Lecce. Expect a hard fought game without too much spectacle, but hopefully with a positive result for our boys.

Probable Lineups

Mattia Cassani is out for the Viola, so at least that’s a good thing. Palermo will be without Balzaretti, Miglicaccio and Milanovic, but regain the power of Massimo Donati. Probable consequence is that we see Ilicic back where he belongs: on the bench.

FIORENTINA (3-5-2): Boruc; Camporese, Natali, Nastasic; De Silvestri, Berhami, Montolivo, Lazzari, Pasqual; Jovetic, Amauri.

Panchina: Neto, Felipe, Romulo, Kharja, Marchionni, Olivera, Ljajic.

Allenatore: Delio Rossi.

PALERMO (3-5-2): Viviano; Munoz, Labrin, Mantovani; Pisano, Della Rocca, Donati, Barreto, Bertolo; Miccoli, Hernandez.

Panchina: Tzorvas, Kosnic, Bacinovic, Ilicic, Zahavi, Vazquez, Budan.

Allenatore: Bortolo Mutti.



13 thoughts on “Pink and Purple in Peril

  1. I dont know what more or less to say about the team, they didnt play a bad game against fiorentina. Nice to see labrin again and a few other of the youngsters. Few games left we may aswell play players who havent played much and we intend to keep on for next season and any whom will be leaving may aswell sit on the bench. Vazquez, Acqhua, Labrin, Milanovic should play the remaining games. Think Miccoli may go to Lecce if they stay up again?

  2. Milanovic probably won’t play too much, considering his broken face. I’d let Acquah come in with about 30 mins to go, maximum. Haven’t been impressed by him the last couple of matches. What about Mehmeti?

    I’m really curious what this team will look like next season. Viviano or the Greek will leave, I can’t imagine Pinilla staying and Munoz and Ilicic need to go. What will Bacinovic do, and should we keep on putting money and time in Hernandez?

    Everybody said this was a transitional season, but to be honest: I expect the same scenario next year. A lot will change and new teams need time to gel.

    • Indeed this was a transitional season where we transitioned from bad to worse. Next season we will likely transition from bad to better and hopefully we see some quality in 2013-14. Then scudetto in 2014-15 right? I’m sure that’s what the Zampa and the Arabs said they were aiming for…

  3. All games postponed this weekend because of the death of Morosini during a match today. The 25 year old midfielder collapsed and died from a heart attack. I think he played for Livorna in Serie b. So sad but soccer is such a small community it was probably the right thing to do.

    • Came through the Atalanta youth system, played for Udinese, has gone on loan to Bologna and just left Udinese in January to play for Livorno. Represented Italy since he was 16 i believe. Tragic stuff.

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