Island Adventure: Palermo – CagliariBy: LorenzoRosanero | September 21st, 2011
With two rounds of action already in the books, Palermo will play its first mid-week match of the new season. The results have been mixed as the tremendous win against Inter was followed up with a dud against Atalanta. Of course, these results are typical Rosanero style as wins against the big teams in Serie A have never been hard to come by, whereas the bottom dwellers have always proved fickle.
Tonight, Palermo face an impressive Cagliari side currently sitting at the top of the table with three other teams. Wins against Roma and Novara by 2-1 scorelines have left the Sardinians flying high and Ficcadenti’s men will aim for three out of three against their island counterparts. Both teams have plenty to prove in order to see just what each side can aim for this season.
Probable Lineup – Updated
Bench: Benussi; Mantovani, Munoz, Aguirregaray; Acquah, Ilicic; Abel Hernandez
The Slovenian was unrecognizable against Atalanta and the question is whether or not he should keep his spot in the starting lineup for the time being. The injury to Alvarez allows Josip to play on his preferred right side while Zahavi may make his first start for Palermo. The only question marks are whether the backline pairing of Silvestre and Migliaccio should stay but given the way Giulio has been playing, it would be wise to let it stand.
A return home is ideal for Palermo as the conditions in Atalanta certainly affected the game. Devis Mangia needs to make sure the Rosanero are focused in this tricky match against a Cagliari side that has taken the maximum amount of points in the two games they’ve played. There should be goals as Cagliari has conceded in 10 straight games (going back to last season) and Palermo has conceded in 15 straight. The Rosanero have fared well at home against the Sardinian side and their record against Ficcadenti is unblemished. Nevertheless, the team needs full concentration if they want to earn the full three points.
SIAMO TERRONI E CE NE VANTIAMOOOOO!!!!
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