The Rosanero restored some hope back into their campaign for Serie A survival when they defeated Roma 2-0 on Easter weekend. Sitting on 24 points, Palermo is still three points away from Genoa who they need to overtake (not to forget about Siena who are on 26 points) and hardly ready to proclaim salvation. Yet, Sannino’s return has seemingly made an impact on the squad, visible in their performance last Saturday. Is it enough to pull off a miracle or was it just a fluke victory after going winless since November?
To start, a chilling stat: Palermo have not won back-to-back games since January 22nd & 29th of 2012 when they defeated Genoa and Novara respectively. That’s a long, long time. Palermo have still to win on the road. Sunday’s match gives the Rosanero an opportunity to end both of those droughts, but it will be very tough.
The Sicilians will be facing a familiar face in Delio Rossi. The man who arguably coached Palermo to its greatest achievements may now be the one who relegates them to Serie B. The ex commented fondly on his time in Sicily and said he’d never be an enemy, only an adversary.
Meanwhile, the Rosanero will be without Sorrentino, who picked up an old injury in the match against Roma and was not able to recover in time. His loss is understandably significant and it will take a brilliant Benussi to fill in his place. Miccoli and Ilicic will need another fantastic showing in order to come away with precious points on the road while the midfield will need to exhibit the same tenacity they showed against Roma.
It’s a tall order but at this point in the season, it’s to be or not to be.
Official Palermo Lineup
Von Bergen – Donati – Aronica
Morganella – Barreto – Rios – Kurtic – Garcia
Ilicic – Miccoli
Palermo bench: Brichetto; Nelson, Kosnic; Anselmo, Fabbrini, Faurlin, Formica, Viola; Boselli, Dybala, Sperduti
SIAMO TERRONI E CE NE VANTIAMOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!