Unpredictable Palermo have no option but victory when they take a short trip to the Stretto to visit a desperate Reggina at the Stadio Granillo in Week 26. The Amaranto are in the relegation zone and can’t afford any more slip-ups.
Last Wednesday’s round was a positive one for the Sicilians. They bagged a comfortable 2-0 win against Empoli and seemed in good shape. However, they are still two points away from a UEFA Cup spot and need to reduce the gap between themselves and Udinese.
Fabio Simplicio, who netted against the Tuscans, said: “It will be hard for us in Reggio Calabria, but we have to start winning away games. I am happy about my goal and now I want to keep a place in the starting XI.”
Reggina were defeated 1-0 by Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico and are now second to the last in the table with 21 points. If they are to avoid relegation the Calabresi cannot afford to drop points at home. “We should have done more, but didn’t deserve to lose,” claimed boss Renzo Ulivieri. “Lazio didn’t play better than us and to be fair we had more clear chances.”
Rosanero boss Francesco Guidolin will be missing only two players for this tie – Giulio Migliaccio, suspended, and Roberto Guana, injured. Alberto Fontata will take the gloves while Leandro Rinaudo should retain his place in defence, which means only the bench for Fabrizio Biava. Federico Balzaretti will start wide on the left flank hoping to deliver crosses for the strikers. The former Juventus and Fiorentina player has been outstanding recently and could be a threat for the Amaranto.
Simplicio may well be reconfirmed, while Australian winger Mark Bresciano could be left out. The attacking duo should be formed by Amauri and Fabrizio Miccoli, who has recovered from an injury. Edison Cavani will have to watch from the bench.
Reggina will be without Fabio Ceravolo, but Ulivieri is more concerned about Francesco Modesto. The attacking left-back missed the game against Lazio and is hoping to recover for this one.
He is a fundamental player for the Calabresi, but if not available youngster Andrea Costa will have to replace him. Luca Vigiani and Franco Brienza will be the Trequartista behind Nicola Amoruso, who comes back after suspension. Ayodele Makinwa was disappointing against the Biancocelesti and should not be included in the starting XI.
Keep an eye on: Amauri (Palermo) – The Brazilian ace played a fantastic game against Empoli and did everything he could to score, but was unlucky not to.
Last season: Reggina 0-0 Palermo
Form guide: Reggina (L L L W L) Palermo (W L W L W)
An horrible match that express Guidolin's idea of football!!! He played only for the draw and he wants to obtain only the salvation in A!!! This man is becoming a tragedy for Palermo!!! Today for us supporters to be fan of Palermo is a pain!!!