Palermo vs Milan by Enzo
Palermo was leading for a good time of the game away to Carpi, thanks to a leading goal in 24th minute scored by Gilardino, but didn't manage to get the victory in the end. Hosts equalized in 74th minute via penalty taken by Mancosu, while the game overall looked like quite a closed one, with both teams actually being set to defensive behavior mostly.
It was rather an average game of both sides, since both of them looked more than pleased with a point earned. Palermo failed to get a consecutive victory after they won over Udinese 4:1 at home and the team failed to detach themselves further from the relegation zone. They are now at fourteenth position, having six points more than Carpi, while their ambitions to play in Europa are more or less finished, having sixteen points less than fifth placed Roma. Palermo is set to play in 4-3-3 formation with Vazquez, Quaison and Gilardino as strikers. Gilardino will be prefered as number nine, since Uros Djordjevic didn't prove to be that dangerous for opponents' goal.
Milan comes from a morale boosting and quite impressive 3:0 victory at home over their city rival Inter last weekend. Maybe more importantly, is that the team actually plays better and better, now having six consecutive matches without defeat. At the same time, they have suffered only one defeat in last thirteen matches in all competitions.
Still, the team didn't improve much on the table, still being at sixth position, having five points less than fifth placed Roma and six points less than Champions League placed Fiorentina. Their victory over Inter was more than deserved, with the teams looking almost equal on the field, but the hosts were much better with the ball to their feet and much more efficient. Victory came thanks to goals from Alex in 35th, while the hosts had three great minutes in 73rd via Bacca and in 77th via Niang, just couple of minutes after the players of Inter missed a penalty kick to equalize. Milan should be playing in 4-4-2 formation with Niang and Bacca as strikers. Coach Sinisa Mihajlovic will probably keep the same squad that won over Inter during the weekend. Goalkeeper Diego Lopez (8/0), central defender Rodrigo Ely (3/0) and forward Luiz Adriano (18/3) remain injured and sidelined for this one as well.
Palermo managed to get a point away to Carpi, but the game against Milan will be much tougher test for them. Milan comes from a morale boosting victory against Inter and will surely be ready to attack from the first moment. Visitors still have plenty to prove and no doubt that they'll try to be more attacking side, but I believe that the hosts are also capable of having rather decent game. Both teams to score is my choice and quite a few goals are my choices.