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  • February 27, 2011
  • • 14:00
  • • Stadio Renzo Barbera, Palermo
  • Referee: S. Peruzzo
  • • Attendance: 24000
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Serie A Preview: Palermo - Udinese

Serie A Preview: Palermo - Udinese

The Sicilians will be desperate to turn around their fortunes and bounce back from last weekend's defeat to Bologna...


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Stopping The Rot

Palermo have suffered from bouts of inconsistency this campaign and despite remaining one of the main contenders for a top-four finish in Serie A, the Sicilians are uncertain whether they would even get into Europe next season as at the moment they are stationed outside the top six.

Last weekend Palermo went down 1-0 to Bologna on the road, following their shock 4-2 defeat to Fiorentina at home. Back-to-back defeats came after back-to-back victories over Juventus and Lecce and have placed them two points off a Europa League slot and a massive eight points behind Lazio, who occupy the fourth and final Champions League position.

Coach Delio Rossi is coming under increased pressure and although that he will not be sacked anytime between now and the end of the 2010-11 campaign, he needs to reform his team, re-inject confidence in the players and return them to winning ways.

With the Rosanero boasting an encouraging record at home with eight wins out of a possible 13 in the league, they should be trying to armour themselves with confidence.

Entertainment Guaranteed

Home or away, Udinese do not disappoint when it comes to giving the spectators and the viewers unalloyed entertainment. The Bianconeri may have failed to score against Brescia last weekend but the goalless draw in Udine saw them extend their unbeaten league run to nine matches – except losing to Sampdoria in the Coppa Italia on penalties, Udinese have yet to taste defeat in 2011.

At the moment Udinese are fifth in the Serie A table with 44 points from 26 matches. With just four points separating them from fourth-place Lazio, the Zebrette are very much in contention for a place in next season’s Europe’s premier club competition, and with their current stride they should be confident of accomplishing just that.

Udinese’s away form, though, isn’t as impressive as their record at home is as they have lost more league encounters on the road than they have won. However, Francesco Guidolin’s side have won their last three away matches in Serie A, including that against Juventus in Turin.

Having got the better of Palermo 2-1 in Udine in the reverse fixture in October, Udinese will travel to Sicily basking in hope and optimism.



TEAM NEWS

Palermo


Cassani, Miccoli, Pinilla and Goian are injured for the Sicilians. Carrozzieri and Garcia are suspended.

Udinese


Basta, Ferronetti and Angella are out for the Bianconeri.

Players to watch

J. Pastore

Position: Midfielder

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Javier Pastore has been inconsistent in the new year and once again disappointed last weekend against Bologna. The 21-year-old Argentina international playmaker will be looking to revive himself at home against Udinese this time around. The Bianconeri are an attacking side and this could help Pastore in finding space to weave his sorcery and resuscitate himself and his side's chances of Champions League qualification.

A. Sánchez

Position: Attacker

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Alexis Sanchez was suspended for last weekend's match against Brescia and Udinese failed to score. The 22-year-old Chile attacker is back in the starting line-up against Palermo and he will be relishing the chance to wreck havoc on the Rosanero backline, who have struggled against pace and have exposed gaps from time to time.

Editor's Prediction

This promises to be an attack-minded and entertaining game of football. Both Palermo and Udinese are firmly committed to attacking football and one can expect goals in this fixture. The Sicilians are strong at home but Udinese are in a good run of form - this encounter could end in a draw.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Palermo

Udinese

Wins
3
1
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

US Città di Palermo PAL
US Città di Palermo Palermo
Draw
Udinese Calcio UDI
Udinese Calcio Udinese
38%
22%
40%

Top 3 Predictions

US Città di Palermo PAL
1 - 2
Udinese Calcio UDI
US Città di Palermo PAL
2 - 1
Udinese Calcio UDI
US Città di Palermo PAL
1 - 0
Udinese Calcio UDI

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