Rosanero desire to get back on track in your own home, Two teams aiming to maintain distance in the relegation zone will see Monday evening, as Palermo play host to Empoli in the Stadio Renzo Barbera.
The teams sit level on 11 points after 12 weeks and both parties will be thinking of getting one advantage on the other person in an attempt to ensure Serie A survival.
Giuseppe Iachini’s men enter into this match for the heels of the 2-0 loss away to Napoli. Points have already been difficult to visit for the Sicilians having a mere four of their last seven matches. The Barbera hasn't been much of an fortress so far, the Rosanero getting your hands on less than half their points in your own home.
On the contrary, Empoli are entering this match in good form, a 2-0 victory against Genoa and then an impressive 1-1 draw away to Sampdoria midweek. With difficult matches against Juventus and Fiorentina about the horizon, coach Marco Giampaolo may wish to leave Sicily using the full three points.
Palermo have a very history of poor discipline in this particular fixture with four red cards within twelve matches. Empoli have not yet play using a man disadvantage. It is unsurprising then that Empoli lead the head-to-head record by six games to 3, with another three draws.
The Azzurri will need to make do without worrying about services of Assane Diousse, who was simply sent off late against Sampdoria. They will, however, be boosted through the news that talisman Riccardo Saponara is returning from injury. Saponara is Empoli’s leading scorer with three goals.
Oscar Hiljemark currently is Palermo’s top scorer with three goals to his name also.
Form Guide: Palermo (L-L-W-D-L) Empoli (L-W-L-W-D)
Expected Starting XIs
Palermo: Sorrentino; Struna, Gonzalez, Andelkovic; Rispoli, Rigoni, Maresca, Hiljemark, Lazaar; Vazquez, Gilardino
Empoli: Skorupski; Laurini, Tonelli, Costa, Mario Rui; Zielinski, Diousse, Paredes; Saponara; Pucciarella, Maccarone
Tag : Italy Serie A