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Sunday March 23 2014
Line-ups: Parma-Genoa

Cesare Prandelli is in the stands as Antonio Cassano takes on Nicolas Burdisso in an intriguing Parma-Genoa.

It kicks off at 11.30 GMT, click here for a match preview.

The Ducali are flying high in sixth place and on a club record 16-round unbeaten run, having thrashed Milan 4-2 last week at San Siro.

Cassano scored twice in that game and is having his best campaign in years, prompting Italy Coach Prandelli to consider a World Cup call.

The tactician is in the stands at the Stadio Tardini today and it’s widely believed he is there to view FantAntonio.

Gabriel Paletta returns from suspension to bolster the defence, but Marco Marchionni is suspended with Walter Gargano and Nicola Pozzi injured.

Amauri starts with Cassano and Ezequiel Schelotto, supported by Italy international Marco Parolo, so Jonathan Biabiany is given a rare rest.

Ex-Sampdoria midfielder Gianni Munari steps in for Marchionni and admitted this is “like a derby” for him.

Genoa have relied heavily on the goals of Alberto Gilardino this season, but he is rested ahead of Wednesday’s home game with Lazio.

Instead, Emanuele Calaio starts with Moussa Konate, who has caught the eye of Aston Villa, and ex-Juventus man Paolo De Ceglie.

Burdisso is the rock in central defence and Isaac Cofie returns from his one-match ban.

Stefano Sturaro is suspended, while Sime Vrsaljko, Luca Antonini and Juraj Kucka are sidelined.

Parma: Mirante; Cassani, Paletta, Lucarelli, Gobbi; Acquah, Munari, Parolo; Schelotto, Amauri, Cassano

Parma bench: Bajza, Pavarini, Felipe, Rossini, Molinaro, Sall, Jankovic, Obi, Nyantakyi, Biabiany, Palladino, Cerri

Genoa: Perin; De Maio, Burdisso, Marchese; Motta, Cofie, Matuzalem, Antonelli; Konate, Calaiò, De Ceglie

Genoa bench: Bizzarri, Albertoni, Gamberini, Portanova, Bertolacci, Cabral, Centurion, Fetfatzidis, Sculli, Gilardino

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