The streak of six games without a victory ended impressively for the Sicilians, who won in Udine with the score of 1:3. The remaining fixture program leaves them with lot of optimism that can end in the first half of the table. As their coach Giuseppe Iachini stated, they will not relax at all to the next games, and they will try to get higher to 50 points.
Main right back Michel Morganell (20 games, 1 goal), left back Emerson (8 games) and key central midfielder Edgar Barreto (24 games, 2 goals) will all miss the game due to injuries. Paulo Dybala will play to the top, as he had an excellent game against Udinese although he didn’t scored a goal, while the midfield line will remain unchanged with Luca Rigoni and Ivaylo Chochev to play normally.
Genoa with two consecutive home victories over Cagliari and Parma with the same score (2:0) moved up to seventh place and kept their hopes for a European exit alive. However, they have to face away Palermo, Milan and Roma and it will be difficult. The good news are that Sampdoria dropped points yesterday against Cesena (0:0) and Palermo can reduce their distance to three points if they will win today.
Key defender Facundo Roncaglia (25 games) and key left winger Juraj Kucka (27 games, 1 goal) are both suspended and will miss the game, while defender Lorenzo Ariaudo, defender Giovanni Marchese (10 games, 1 goal), midfielder Tino Costa (3 games), key midfielder Andrea Bertolacci (27 games, 2 goals) and striker Marco Borriello (6 games) are all out injured.
Theoretically Genoa has a greater motivation as they have realistic hopes to catch the sixth place, while Palermo not. This does not mean that the Sicilians will surrender without a fight. I expect a game with many action and goals from both teams.
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