NEWS
Saturday January 11 2014
Line-ups: Livorno-Parma

Antonio Cassano is incredibly benched yet again by Parma for today’s trip to a truly desperate Livorno.

It kicks off at 17.00 GMT, click here for a match preview.

This game marks the midway part of the season and the two clubs have had differing fortunes so far.

The Amaranto are joint bottom with Catania on just 13 points from 18 rounds and hot favourites for relegation, while Coach Davide Nicola is hanging on by a thread.

In the last seven games the Tuscans picked up one point and scored only two goals.

Pasquale Schiattarella is suspended with Andrea Coda injured, so Marco Benassi and Marco Biagianti start in midfield.

Paulinho leads the front line with support from Leandro Greco.

Parma surprisingly dropped star player Cassano from their starting XI last week and he is again left on the bench at the Stadio Picchi.

The temperamental talent and Nicola Sansone are dropped in favour of Jonathan Biabiany, Raffaele Palladino and Amauri.

Mattia Cassani sits out a ban in defence, while Stefano Okaka, Daniele Galloppa and Nicola Pavarini miss out.

Walter Gargano is back in the squad, but not fit enough to start. It’s a very special game for Parma captain Alessandro Lucarelli, a lifelong Livorno supporter.

The Ducali are unbeaten in their last seven games, but have never won away to Livorno in all competition, managing just seven draws from 14 attempts.

It is a familiar arena for Roberto Donadoni, who was given his first Serie A management job by Livorno.

Livorno: Bardi; Mbaye, Rinaudo, Emerson, Ceccherini, Piccini; Benassi, Luci, Biagianti; Greco; Paulinho

Livorno bench: Anania, Aldegani, Gemiti, Belingheri, Lambrughi, Mosquera, Emeghara, Siligardi, Borja, Valentini, Duncan

Parma: Mirante; Rosi, Mendes, Lucarelli, Gobbi; Acquah, Marchionni, ParoloBiabiany, Amauri, Palladino

Parma bench: Bajza, Coric, Mesbah, Gargano, Felipe, Obi, Sansone, Munari, Kone, Mauri, Paletta, Cassano

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