Palermo vs Parma by Enzo
Palermo relegated last season from Serie A and surely that their main target for this one is to get back right away into the first tier of Italian football. The side is doing fine for now, but not that impressive as their fans would like.
After four matches in Serie B, they have three victories and four draws, record that puts them at second position, actually sharing it with Perugia and Avellino, also having just a point less than leaders from Frosinone. In the most recent game, the side took a point away to Ascoli in a goalless game last weekend in a pretty defensive game where neither of the sides impressed a lot - still must be said, if anyone deserved something more than it would probably be the visiting side who did looked more concrete, but wasn't enough to get a three pointer.
Central defender Andrea Ingegneri (no performance so far) is long term absentee. They also miss few players due to international fixtures, including striker Nesterovski (5/4) this season.
Parma, on the other side, will surely have ambition to get back to the Serie A one day, but for now they must be satisfied as a newly promoted side with much less of results. After three consecutive defeats earlier in September, the side bounced back with a victory over Venezia and a point against Salernitana in the last round.
Must be said that they are only one to blame for not getting all three points, since players of Parma started well in front of own fans, took the double lead in the first halftime (goals from Di Cesare and Lucarelli), but couldn't keep up the lead with their performance in the second halftime, firstly getting reduced in 56th minute via goal from Sprocati, but then getting into huge troubles as the side stood playing with two man less within few minutes (defenders Di Cesare and Iacopini were excluded), while the guests leveled up from a penalty kick in 81st minute via Vitale, being even close to take all three pointer later on.
Central defender Valerio Di Cesare (7/2) and right back Simone Iacopini (7/0) should both be suspended for this one.
Palermo looks decent so far, but playing way better and more offensive in front of own fans, also getting victories as well (all three earned at home for now, having 3-1-0 record). Parma didn't disappoint so far in Serie B, but this match should be too much for them this time. They might miss some important players this time, but their home ground remains strong backup for them and in such league, it could still be deciding factor. Odds are way higher due to their absentees, but I still see odds as valuable ones.