Both sides will be desperate to win this game and keep their Champions League qualification hopes alive...
All Out Of Form
Palermo’s rise in form after a torrid start to the season was radical and so has been their dip in results. After their 4-1 defeat of Bologna in Serie A in mid-October there was genuine belief that the Sicilians could maintain their momentum and stretch their five-game unbeaten run in all competitions but it has been anything but.
Delio Rossi’s side have lost their last four matches in all competitions, their latest defeat coming on Thursday in the Europa League in which they went down 3-1 to CSKA Moscow in Russia. It followed a 1-0 defeat to Lazio at home that saw them fall to 10th in the table with 11 points from nine matches.
One would have thought that playing Genoa at home would have been an advantage but Palermo have won just one league fixture at the Stadio Renzo Barbera all season, conceding six goals in the process. They have also lost two home matches and drawn two others.
Genoa appeared to have picked up form after their disappointing start to the campaign but last weekend’s 1-0 defeat to Italian and European champions Inter once again reminded the Grifone how difficult it will be for them to break into the top four this season.
That narrow and somewhat controversial loss was Genoa’s fourth defeat in nine Serie A games and pushed them to 11th in the table with 11 points. Such is the competitive nature of the Italian top flight that Gian Piero Gasperini’s side are just three points above the dropzone.
Nevertheless, against a Palermo side that have been struggling at home and are also in wretched run of results Genoa will be keen for maximum points.
Liverani and Hernandez are out injured for the Sicilians. Striker Miccoli is likely to start for Palermo.
Jankovic, Rudolf, Palacio, Kharja, Sculli, Chico and Palladino are unavailable for the trip to Sicily because of injuries while Milanetto is suspended.