The Italian Serie A will take place during the week of the 18th day. In the La Favorita – Renzo Barbera stadium, there is a duel between US Palermo and Delfino Pescara Calcio. This is an absolute basement duel because these teams occupy the last two tables.
The hosts were able to give the red lantern on the last day of the match and at least improve on the penultimate table position. On a non-descent, however, it is still five points behind, so it is now time to follow. Above all, the fans are hoping to be able to celebrate their first homepoles on Thursday, as Palermo have not yet scored a point in their own stadium. In eight home games there were eight defeats – even the guests could get four points at home. On the other hand, Palermo were able to score nine points and at least the 11th place in the team table. After nine defeats in a row, the Sicilians were able to finish their negative series at FC Genoa and win 4: 3. This success had also a lot of tension, because Palermo were back in the lead with a 3: 3 goal, and they were able to make the game only in the last two minutes. Aleksandar Trajkovski was the matchwinner, who was able to win the much-cheered victor ten minutes after his substitution. The eight yellow cards and a red card, the referee Lucaa Pairetto pulled out of the court bag in this game, proved that this victory was also really competitive. Coach Eugenio Corini has to do without Slobodan Rajkovic in this game, otherwise all players are available.
The newcomer from Pescara is really good in the season and could win a win and three draws in the first six game days, but then followed the free fall. Meanwhile, Pescara has been waiting for a win for 15 games and only one point from the last nine matches. Lastly, they lost at Crotone (1: 2) and home against FC Bologna (0: 3). Worth mentioning: Pescara scored 13 goals in 17 games and collected 32 goals. On average, they collected 1.88 goals per game. Coach Massimo Oddo has become more and more criticized – so he must also gradually achieve results. On Thursday, striker Jean-Christophe Bahebeck, Simone Pepe, Alexandru Mitrita, and Valerio Verre were suspended.
Palermo – Pescara, Tip & Conclusion – 22.12.2016
Both teams have a lot of problems this season and could hardly get into the league. An improvement is at least in sight at US Palermo, which could finally end their negative trend.