Donati will most likely not travel to Rome, so Von Bergen will play in the centre of the three-man defence.
Kurtic and Arevalo Rios are in competition for a spot in the middle of the pitch.
Brienza or Giorgi will partner Ilicic just behind Miccoli, who will be the striker once again.
In their last two matches Roma were leading by at least a goal and ended up losing the game. Zeman is the target of some criticism both from inside and out the city, but the board still seems to be with him. However, different choices are needed and the manager has to take the chance to make them before it will be the board's turn to do so.
Palermo have drawn all of their last 4 matches, showing some defensive strength in the first three of them, but then throwing 2 points away against Milan when 2-0 up at home. Gasperini needs to bring his players up to the next step, maybe preparing for a victory in the next match with yet another draw here in Rome.
Nothing suggests Zeman will change his tactical ideas, and that may well help Gasperini adapt to his well-known opponent. Palermo will try to overcrowd the midfield to press Roma's playmakers, possibly with Ilicic and Giorgi or Brienza's help. Miccoli looks like the perfect finisher to take advantage of all the goal scoring chances that Roma usually concede.
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