Thursday September 8 2011
Palermo predict poor turnout

Palermo's fans are set to stay away this weekend, as a low crowd is expected for the club's opening game of the season at home to Inter.

The Rosanero welcome the Nerazzurri to the Stadio Renzo Barbera on Sunday evening, but are anticipating a low turnout.

Supporters are believed to be not responding well to a highly-criticised transfer campaign.

New Coach Devis Mangia and captain Fabrizio Miccoli called for fans to support the team, but figures three days before the game put sales at just 5,000.

Combined with a reduced number of season ticket holders this summer, it puts Sunday's expected attendance at just under 20,000.

Last season the club averaged close to 26,000 for home games, and their lowest attendance was still recorded at above 21,000.

Only Inter sold on average a higher percentage of available tickets for home games during 2010-11, and only San Siro, Roma and Lazio's Stadio Olimpico and Napoli's San Paolo averaged a higher attendance than the Renzo Barbera.

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