Parma versus Palermo this Sunday at the Stadio Tardini is a vital game for both teams as they look to continue their impressive start to the new season. Last weekend Parma suffered a 2-0 away loss to current champions Inter. Francesco Guidolin was disappointed with the result but was generally pleased with his side’s performance at the San Siro. Jose Mourinho’s men were far from their best after the international break but even so the men from Emilia Romagna could not capitalize on this and squandered their chances.
Meanwhile Palermo drew 1-1 at home to newly promoted Bari. After the game Walter Zenga came in for some criticism but thankfully Igor Budan’s last minute equalizer spared the ex-Italian national keeper’s blushes as things could have been much worse. While the stress of the game seemed to have got to him as he was taken to hospital with low blood pressure. A few days later, Zenga laughed off the incident and explained it was merely because he had not eaten before the game. The pressure will build up even further this weekend down on the dugout as Guidolin coached Palermo for a number of years and clashed with Zenga while he coached at Catania. Therefore this Sunday there will be a added dimension to the game with the mini Derby di Sicilia down on the touchline – Zenga better eat up.
Parma Parma’s defence should remain relatively unchanged. Christian Panucci, the former Roma defender has added some much needed experience to the back-line but even so they have still not had a clean sheet to their name while Cristian Zaccardo could be given his debut at right-back. Guidolin’s midfield will not change with the dynamic McDonald Mariga driving the team forward. Alberto Paloschi and Jonathan Biabiany should start up front with the seemingly forever injured Valeri Bojinov likely to come off the bench. Fortunately for Guidolin there are no injury or suspension headaches to worry about.
5 Zaccardo – 2 Panucci – 24 Paci – 6 Lucarelli
15 Dellafiore – 4 Morrone -17 Mariga – 14 Galloppa
20 Biabiany – 43 Paloschi
Palermo While on the other side of the pitch, Zenga should field the same team that lined up last weekend against Bari. The defender, Simon Kjaer has attracted a lot of attention from the big guns with his composed performances and one of these teams, Juventus, have let their feelings be known. Palermo’s starting line-up already has a Bianconeri flavour to it with four of the Rosanero players having played for la Vecchia Signora. This is most evident in midfield with the deep-laying midfield role taken up by Manuele Blasi who lines up alongside Antonio Nocerino. Giovanni Tedesco and Fabio Liverani are missing through injury while Abel Hernandez is on international duty but Giulio Migliaccio is welcomed back to the squad.
16 Cassani – 24 Kjaer – 5 Bovo – 42 Balzaretti
9 Nocerino – 88 Blasi – 23 Bresciano
20 Budan – 10 Miccoli
Parma should take the game to Palermo with their lightning attack which includes BabyPaloschi, who is revered as the new Pippo Inzaghi. He has started the new season well with two goals in three games. But as Parma go forward they will be left vulnerable to the equally lethal front-line of Palermo. Fabrizio Miccoli will offer the greatest threat to the Parma back-line with his mazy runs and set piece specials. Guidolin welcomes his old team to his new home but don’t expect the pleasantries to go further than a warm handshake as both sides battle for the three points.