It’s safe to say that Palermo’s trip up north to Turin did not turn out as well as the Rosanero would have hoped. The midweek match with Chievo at the Renzo Barbera is turning out to be more of an early season relegation battle – one in which the Rosanero feel obligated to emerge victorious.
Beppe Iachini’s failed attempt to switch up the backline was quite evident in Turin on Sunday. While not the sole poor performer, Zouhair Feddal was easily the flop of the game. He was guilty of numerous errors, the most costly occurring in the midfield where his turnover led to the first goal of the game. Feddal lacked ability to stay with the attacking duo of Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente, albeit a tough task, and he seemed out of sorts being on the same pitch with the likes of the Juve strikers. This will have to change come Wednesday. It is likely we will see the return to the 3-4-1-2, with Ezequiel Muñoz, “Pipo” Gonzalez and Sinisa Andelkovic starting in front of Sorrentino.
Beppe Iachini readied 25 players for the midweek tie. The call ups for Wednesday’s match are as follows:
Goalkeepers : Fulignati, Sorrentino, Ujkani.
Defenders : Andelkovic, Emerson, Feddal, Gonzalez, Lazaar, Morganella, Munoz, Pisano Terzi, Vitiello.
Midfielders: Barreto, Bolzoni, Chochev, Della Rocca, Maresca, Quaison, Rigoni Vazquez.
Forwards : Belotti, Dybala, Makienok, Joao Silva.
A win on Wednesday evening is key to the safety of the Rosanero as the schedule does not get any easier for the foreseeable future. Having to travel to the San Siro to face Milan for a third game in a matter of seven days underscores the tough nature of schedule.
Only two points separate the Rosanero from the Flying Donkeys of Chievo Verona and taking all three points will give a boost not only to morale, but also the standings. Palermo can, and honestly, should win this contest since it’s at home and comes at a time where their opponent is in turmoil. After firing ex-Rosanero legend Eugenio Corini (the first sacking in Serie A this season), Chievo are now coached by ex-Catania boss Rolando Maran. The new coach lost in his debut last week against Genoa but is keen to move forward against Palermo. Maran may opt for ex-Catania striker Maxi Lopez to lead the line against the Rosanero and the Flying Donkeys may have the advantage in wing play with Ezequiel Schelotto and Valter Birsa (should he be deployed in such a role, rather than as a central attacking midfielder). The hope is that the Palermo midfield is tough enough to stand up to the counter attack and limit the possession. Nevertheless, the Sicilian side absolutely must capitalize on their chances as missed opportunities in previous matches have led to dropped points, ones that are necessary for a club hoping to avoid relegation