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.
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.
SIAMO TERRONI E CE NE VANTIAMOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!