Probable Lineups

3-4-2-1
4-3-3
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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(34) 21 Goals 31 (50)
(7) 5 Assists 8 (12)
(6.6) 6.9 Average Ratings 7 (6.7)
28.6 Average Age 29.9
182.5 Average Height (cm) 181.5
(1) 1.2 Shots pg 1 (0.8)
(49%) 52% Aerial Duel Success 50% (48%)
(0.7) 0.6 Dribbles pg 0.6 (0.8)
(2) 1.6 Tackles pg 1.7 (2)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Serie A.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Andrea Mantovani Out 6.48
Abel Hernández Out 6.36
Carlos Labrín Out 5.23
Edgar Barreto Out 7
Samir Ujkani Out N/A
Player Reason Status Rating
Gonzalo Bergessio Out 6.98
Marco Biagianti Out 6.69
Fabio Sciacca Out 6.26
Blazej Augustyn Out 5.99
Keko Out 6.48

Team News

  • Coach Gasperini has to cope with three suspended players: Ujkani, Labrin and Barreto all miss the derby.
  • Viola should replace Barreto in midfield to play alongside Kurtic, but also Rios may have a chance from the off.
  • Benussi will be the goalkeeper, after making his first appearance of the season in Bologna last week.
  • Maran may consider matching Palermo's three-man defence, but he's probably going to stick with his 4-3-3.
  • Bergessio is injured, so Doukara and Morimoto are in competition to take his place in attack.
  • Also Biagianti is unavailable: his absence ensures that the midfield trio will be Lodi-Almiron-Izco.

Prediction

  • Palermo are struggling to stay out of the relegation zone, tied with Pescara, Chievo and Bologna and with only one victory in the last seven matches.
  • On the other hand, Catania are just 4 points clear off the European spots, which is still not a realistic goal for a club, but they will enjoy that position while they are there.
  • Rankings don't really matter in the Sicilian derby since the rivalry between towns and clubs is sufficient to stir things up. Catania now have the chance to put Palermo in real trouble and give their fans something to talk about for the next few months.
  • The two teams have a completely different level of organisation: Maran is keeping up the brilliant job done by Montella last season, while Gasperini is still trying to improve performances and results. The more desperate team is usually favoured in Italian cross-town matches, but this time it will be very hard for Palermo to prevail.
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