The nineteenth matchday in Serie A will kick off with a relegation clash. Both Empoli and Palermo there are anything but Florisant at. The interest for this competition are considerable. It can be difficult scoring.
Despite extremely difficult Empoli comes to scoring, the team still has “already” scored fourteen points. In recent weeks it seems to be better. Cagliari won it 2-0 and was visiting Bologna was scored a point. Before the winter was still unlucky defeat at Atalanta. Empoli even took the lead through Levan Mchedlidze, but Franck Kessie made it on the same level. Deep into injury time, Marco D’Alessandro gave a big downer in the camp Empoli by shooting the 2-1 on the scoreboard. With a hangover was so began the winter break.
Still, the team with a slightly raised head can enter the match against Palermo. The story of Empoli is now clear. Last year, they turned a strong season thanks to goals from Massimo Maccarone. He brings this year yet and Manuel Pucciarelli and Alberto Gilardino often leave the score on. Mchedlidze is now the one with the most confidence supported by playmaker Riccardo Saponara. They must, it seems, and that is also highly needed now leading the way. This game should not be lost. However there is a long list of injuries and doubt. It will therefore be puzzling for coach Giovanni Martusciello. The idea behind the game is certainly clear.
Probable lineup Empoli
Skorupski, Cosic, Bellusci, Costa Dimarco, Krunic, Diousse, Croce, Saponara, Mchedlidze, Pucciarelli
It’s bad to Palermo, as may well be. Roberto de Zerbi was appointed in the summer as successor Davide Ballardini. De Zerbi had a good time in Foggia, where he showed attacking and attractive football. It was hoped that he could make this even in Palermo. The opposite was the case. In late November, he was sacked after he failed to meet expectations. Perhaps he had not had time, but the last place was enough reason to leave. Eugenio Corini Palermo is now on the eighteenth place, but there is actually changed very little. All were there for the winter have passed suddenly four points in two games.
then it seems the tide to return to Palermo? A surprising and entertaining victory against visiting Genoa (3-4) was long overdue. It was expected that has now also won the home match against Pescara, but a 1-1 tie was on paper. A disappointment, as this was the gap to four points Empoli. An important game also for Palermo Saturday. A loss means a gap of seven points and then save from relegation is a tricky story. Alessandro Diamanti probably will return to the squad and also hoped the class of Ilya Nestorovski. He scored seven times this season. Much will therefore be required of him.
Probable lineup Palermo
Posavec, Cionek, Gonzalez, Goldaniga, Rispoli, Henrique, Gazzi, Jajalo, Aleesami, Quaison, Nestorovski