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  • October 24, 2010
  • • 14:00
  • • Stadio Communale Friuli, Udine
  • Referee: A. Giannoccaro
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Serie A Preview: Udinese – Palermo

Serie A Preview: Udinese – Palermo

The Sicilians will be hoping to bounce back from Thursday evening’s humiliation…

Struggling As Usual

Just eight weeks into the season and Udinese’s campaign has already adopted a familiar pattern. The Bianconeri are third from bottom in the Serie A standings at the moment with seven points from as many games.

The positive for Udinese is that they are one of three sides to be perched on the seven-point mark. Moreover, five sides are just a single point ahead of the Udine-based club while two more are just a couple of points better off than them.

But Udinese must approach the match against Palermo with caution. Not only have they lost twice in three games in the league at home, they will also be up against a wounded Sicilian side who will be looking to bounce back in style after Thursday’s crushing home defeat in Europe.

Recovering From Humiliation

Palermo appeared to be well on their way to recovery after a less than impressive start to the season but on Thursday evening the Sicilian side crashed to a 3-0 defeat to CSKA Moscow in the Europa League at home.

Admittedly, Palermo are not really expected to break much ground in Europe this campaign but that massive defeat came off the back of a 4-1 win against Bologna at home at the weekend and will be of some concern to coach Delio Rossi.

Nevertheless, the Rosanero’s attention will be on the league encounter with struggling Udinese this weekend, a match they are expected to win with comfort. Palermo are currently sixth in the table with 11 points from seven matches, just three behind Inter and Milan.


TEAM NEWS

Udinese

Domizzi and Ferronetti are out for the Bianconeri. Di Natale will be partnered by Floro Flores upfront.

Palermo

Liverani, Rigoni and Miccoli will miss the trip to Udine because of injuries. Bovo is out suspended.

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Players to watch

A. Di Natale

Position: Attacker

Games: 14

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  • 2
  • 0

Di Natale is Udinese’s main striker and arguably their best bet to pull them out of the relegation zone that they are in at the moment. The Italian striker has netted just once in seven league appearances so far but he will be crucial against Palermo, who conceded thrice on Thursday.

J. Pastore

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0

Pastore has been Palermo’s best and most creative player so far and the Argentina international will again be expected to weave his sorcery in Udine. The 21-year-old was sent off against CSKA Moscow in the Europa League on Thursday and he will be eager to bounce back in style on Sunday.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Udinese

Palermo

Wins
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3
0
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