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  • September 19, 2010
  • • 9:00 AM
  • • Stadio Renzo Barbera, Palermo
  • Referee: A. Romeo
  • • Attendance: 27291
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Serie A Preview: Palermo - Inter

Serie A Preview: Palermo - Inter

The Nerazzurri could have a tough time in Sicily...

Erosion Continues

Palermo came close to finishing in the top four in Serie A last season but so far this term the Sicilians have been terrible. Just a single point from their opening two games in the Italian top flight means that Delio Rossi's side are 16th in the table.

Furthermore, the Aquile went down 3-2 in Prague to Sparta in their opening game of the Europa League on Thursday and this result didn't go down well with club supremo Maurizio Zamparini, who said, "Rossi must say that he got it wrong, otherwise he will be at risk as well. We have a coach in football and I am very disappointed.

"We cannot score four goals just to win a game. A team that scores six in three games usually wins all of them, but not us. Anyway, we have to move on, we will resolve this amalgamation problem."

Winning against mighty Inter even at home doesn't appear very feasible but by the looks of things, Rossi may just have to conjure up a victory or face the music.

Struggling For Identity

A new coach does take time to stamp his authority and identity on a team and Rafael Benitez appears to be struggling to do that at Italian and European champions Inter. A 2-2 draw with Dutch champions FC Twente in the Netherlands in their opening game of the Champions League isn't exactly a bad result but given that Inter conceded twice does make the outcome disappointing.

However, Benitez believes that his team are improving and after the draw with Twente said, "It's true the first half was very difficult, but in the second we were under control and I am satisfied with the result against a difficult side.

"I saw some elements of the right spirit during the game and slowly we improved in our intensity. I think the team is improving. We're still at the start, but we're already seeing some improvements."

The draw also meant that the Beneamata remain unbeaten this season in competitive football, having garnered four points from their opening two fixtures in Serie A. A 0-0 draw with Bologna away from home was followed by a less than impressive 2-1 defeat of Udinese at the San Siro.

Nevertheless, Javier Zanetti warns that the European champions may have to struggle against Palermo and said, "Sunday's match will be very difficult. The crowd at the [Renzo] Barbera [stadium] will be against us.

"Palermo are a very good side. I saw the match they played against Brescia, and we need to be attentive."


TEAM NEWS

Palermo


Goian and Pinilla are injured for Palermo.

Probable Lineup (4-3-2-1): Sirigu, Cassani, Munoz, Bovo, Balzaretti; Migliaccio, Liverani, Nocerino; Pastore, Kasami; Hernandez

Inter

Thiago Motta, Stankovic, Chivu and Pandev are out injured.

Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1):
Julio Cesar, Maicon, Lucio, Samuel, Zanetti; Mariga, Cambiasso; Biabiany, Sneijder, Eto'o; Milito



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Editor's Prediction

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US Città di Palermo PAL
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Draw
FC Internazionale Milano INT
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