Red-hot Ilicic hopes to spoil Juventus' party

With five goals in as many games the Slovenia forward is in scintillating form and is determined to ensure Palermo survive the drop by netting against the league leaders
Josip Ilicic hopes to not only spoil Juventus' title celebrations this week with the leaders just a point away from clinching the Scudetto, but also ensure Palermo remain in Italy's top flight next year.

The attacking midfielder has kick-started the Rosanero's quest for survival with a great run of form which has seen him score in each of the club’s last five games.

Over that stretch Giuseppe Sannino's men are unbeaten, claiming wins over Roma, Sampdoria and Inter, while drawing with Bologna and Catania. As a result, they sit above the relegation zone for the first time in 2013.

“I haven't even scored five goals straight when I was in Slovenia,” Ilicic told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Now I do not limit myself, and in the last days I hope to continue scoring goals. I would be thrilled if I could score for the sixth game in a row against Juventus, especially if it serves to help our survival.”

With Pescara destined for the Serie B, Palermo remain in a battle with Genoa and Siena to avoid relegation, and Ilicic is all too aware of the importance of the games left remaining.

“Genoa will play against Pescara this week who have nothing left to play for. Hopefully all the players commit themselves to the fullest until the end as Bologna did against us two weeks ago," he continued.

“Are we halfway to salvation? Absolutely not. With four games left it is anything but simple. We face Juventus who have not won the league title, Fiorentina and a team as highly respected as Udinese.”

Palermo, 17th, are level with 18th-placed Genoa on 32 points while Siena are on 30 points with four games left of the season.