Battle of the giants this certainly is not. The two teams sitting the in the last spots in the Serie A table will face off with points at a premium. The current conditions at the Artemio Franchi pretty much sum up these sides: cold, windy and rainy. It all adds up to what will most likely be an ugly game.
On paper, Gasperini’s choices are still more talented than what ex-Palermo coach Serse Cosmi has to pick from. Yet, in what has been a recurring theme this season, the Rosanero haven’t exactly taken advantage of their assumed superiority (losing to Pescara and Atalanta, drawing Torino). Nevertheless, the club has shown signs of improvement under Gasperini. Some would say the Rosanero haven’t had much luck this season and that would be justified. Yet, the team also hasn’t taken advantage of situations to finish games that eventually ended in a draw or loss.
To say Siena have not been good this season is truly misleading. They only have two points to their name but what most don’t remember is that La Robur started off the Serie A season with a -6 points deduction due to club involvement in the latest betting scandal. In reality, Siena has one more win than Palermo and if not for the points deduction, they’d be ahead of the Sicilians. They also haven’t been beaten soundly in any of their four losses. Each loss has ended in a 2-1 scoreline and came against the likes of Juventus, Lazio, Sampdoria and Atalanta. All this is to say that Siena cannot and should not be taken lightly. Given Palermo’s current standing, they’re in no position to take anyone lightly.
This is a must win game.
Official Palermo Lineup
Munoz – Donati – Von Bergen
Morganella – Barreto – Kurtic – Mantovani
Ilicic – Brienza
Palermo bench: Benussi; Cetto, Garcia, Labrin, Pisano; Bertolo, Giorgi, Rios, Viola, Zahavi; Budan, Dybala
SIAMO TERRONI E CE NE VANTIAMOOOOO!!!!