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Coppa Italia

  • January 25, 2011
  • • 20:00
  • • Stadio Renzo Barbera, Palermo
  • Referee: C. Brighi
  • • Attendance: 15335
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Palermo won 5 - 4 on penalties

Coppa Italia Preview: Palermo - Parma

Coppa Italia Preview: Palermo - Parma

The Sicilians will go into their quarter-final tie with the confidence of defeating the struggling visitors...

Vision Of A Trophy

Palermo's main objective this season is to finish in the top four in Serie A and qualify for next season's Champions League but given that the Sicilians have progressed as far as the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia after defeating Chievo 1-0 at home in the last 16, Delio Rossi will also want his players to try to land a trophy.

The Rosanero have an easy-looking tie as they host Parma, who are struggling for survival in the Italian top flight and would rather save their life in Serie A than gamble on a cup run.

However, Palermo haven't exactly been in the best of form recently, having lost 3-1 at Cagliari in the league before narrowly defeating Brescia on Saturday evening.

Rossi knows that Parma can spring a surprise at the Renzo Barbera and said on Monday: "Tomorrow's game against the Emiliani will be an open confrontation for two sides fighting for one objective.

"We cannot compare our game against them in the league as this is a different competition we want to honour to the maximum. We have to pedal, winning will be useful to recovering energies."

A Bit Of Adventure


Parma coach Pasquale Marino insists that the Coppa Italia is now part of the objectives for the remainder of the season but urges caution. Having reached the quarter-finals of the competitions, thanks to a 2-1 extra-time victory over Fiorentina in the last 16, indeed, the Ducali will be hopeful of the Cup adventure to linger on for some more time.

Parma's main aim still remains survival in Serie A at the end of the campaign and having defeated fellow-relegation candidates Catania 2-0 in the league on Saturday, the Gialloblu will have gained more confidence as the bid to evade the drop.

Parma are now six points above the bottom-three in mid-table and will head to Palermo on Tuesday aiming for a shot in the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia.

"For us the Coppa Italia is an important objective like the league," said Marino on Monday. "There will be some alterations as we have some tough games over the next month, but nothing major. We have to play like we did against Catania and we will be going to Palermo with the usual spirit.

"But we have to be careful and watch the opposition as they can invent something in any moment. I have trust in Parma and we have been giving good signals during tough times."



TEAM NEWS


Palermo


Rossi could keep one or two regular players on the bench and save them for later in the second-half.

Parma

Marino has called up 21 players for Tuesday's tie. He could field his best line-up and hope to win their second successive competitive fixture.

Editor's Prediction

Palermo could be given a hard time by Parma, who could make it tricky for the hosts. The Aquile haven't looked exactly top-notch in their last two matches but they do have enough to muster a victory.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Palermo

Parma

Wins
1
0
4
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

US Città di Palermo PAL
US Città di Palermo Palermo
Draw
Parma FC PAR
Parma FC Parma
68%
19%

Top 3 Predictions

US Città di Palermo PAL
2 - 0
Parma FC PAR
US Città di Palermo PAL
2 - 1
Parma FC PAR
US Città di Palermo PAL
1 - 0
Parma FC PAR

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