The Sicilian Derby lights up Saturday night in Serie A with Fabrizio Miccoli attempting to revive Palermo against high-flying Catania.
It all kicks off at the Stadio Barbera at 19.45 GMT this evening and there are already rumours Gian Piero Gasperini could be sacked if he loses to Palermo’s arch-rivals.
The pressure is certainly on the Rosanero, who are traditionally the stronger club, but lie just two points clear of bottom spot.
Catania are in seventh place and playing some of the most attractive football in Italy this season, but their away form has often let them down.
Palermo have to do without the suspended Samir Ujkani, Edgar Barreto and Carlos Labrin after they were all sent off in the 3-0 defeat to Bologna.
Abel Hernandez, Nicolas Bertolo and Andrea Mantovani are injured, but Miccoli makes his comeback after three weeks on the treatment table.
President Maurizio Zamparini insisted Miccoli can play alongside teenage talent Paulo Dybala, but Coach Gasperini has left the Argentine on the bench.
Arevalo Rios returns in midfield to stand in for Barreto.
Catania hitman Gonzalo Bergessio has not recovered from a calf strain, joining Marco Biagianti and Fabio Sciacca on the sidelines.
Taka Morimoto comes in to the trident attack in his place, joining Papu Gomez and Pablo Barrientos.
Palermo: 99 Benussi; 6 Munoz, 23 Donati, 25 Von Bergen; 89 Morganella, 20 Arevalo Rios, 28 Kurtic, 29 Garcia; 27 Ilicic, 21 Brienza; 10 Miccoli
Palermo bench: 22 Brichetto, 4 Cetto, 7 Viola, 9 Dybala, 12 Fulignati, 15 Milanovic, 16 Zahavi, 17 Giorgi, 19 Budan, 31 Pisano
Catania: 21 Andujar; 22 Alvarez, 6 Legrottaglie, 3 Spolli, 12 Marchese; 13 Izco, 10 Lodi, 4 Almiron; 28 Barrientos, 15 Morimoto, 17 Gomez
Catania bench: 1 Frison, 5 Rolin, 14 Bellusci, 16 Paglialunga, 18 Augustyn, 19 Castro, 24 Ricchiuti, 29 Terraciano, 30 Salifu, 33 Capuano, 35 Doukara
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