Inching ever so closer to mathematical safety, Palermo will attempt to earn something out of a place where they haven’t won in Serie A since 1951 when they take on Napoli at the San Paolo.
There is still plenty to be said about the weekend derby between Palermo and Catania. The Rosanero ended up redeeming themselves after one of the worst 45 minute displays witnessed in Palermo history. The club did absolutely nothing meriting even the slightest reaction, letting their cousins from across the island thoroughly dominate them in every facet. Fortunately, Miccoli was there and it is almost certain that he let his teammates know how he felt during the break. After all, it only took five minutes after the restart for Palermo to find the equalizer through who else, but the Rosanero captain himself. The problem for tonight, though, is that Miccoli will not be there as he’s being rested due to a knock on his problematic calf muscle.
One thing is clear: without Miccoli this season, Palermo would be in the relegation zone with Serie B being an almost certainty. No Miccoli, no party. The striker has been fundamental for this team and his absence in tonight’s match, in all likelihood, will be too big of a hurdle to overcome. Napoli are fighting for another birth into the Champions League, in a four team race with Inter, Udinese and Lazio. The San Paolo has been a safe haven for the Partenopei and it is even more of an issue for the Rosanero who have rarely found three points within its walls.
Yet, games like these are still played out because nothing is ever a guarantee. Expect the unexpected tonight despite being without Miccoli, Balzaretti and Mantovani. There are three games left and the men who take the pitch still have all to prove heading into an uncertain offseason.
Munoz – Silvestre – Labrin
Pisano – Migliaccio – Donati – Barreto – Bertolo
Vazquez – Abel
Bench: Tzorvas; Milanovic, Aguirregaray; Acquah, Ilicic, Zahavi; Budan
SIAMO TERRONI E CE NE VANTIAMOOOOO!!!!