Palermo will be aiming to extend their unbeaten run to five games when they take on Milan, a team that finally ended the three-match losing streak with a narrow win over Genoa.
With Maurizio Zamparini well known for his habit of sacking coaches after just a couple of poor results in a row, nobody was surprised to see coach Giuseppe Sannino lose his job after just three league games.
One point from first three matches was enough for the controversial president to sack Sannino and bring Gian Piero Gasperini to replace him.
The former Inter boss didn’t have such a bright start to his career at Renzo Barbera, with Palermo recording back to back defeats to Atalanta and Pescara, but the 4-1 win over Chievo helped the Rosanero kick-start their season.
Palermo have since shared spoils with Genoa, Torino and Siena, conceding just one goal in the process, and they would probably settle for one point against Milan as well. With that in mind, draw pays 3.30 (23/10) at bet365.
Boss Gian Piero Gasperini has no fresh injury worries, but Abel Hernandez and Milan Milanovic remain long-term casualties.
Probable starting line-up (3-4-2-1): Ujkani – Munoz, Donati, Von Bergen – Morganella, Kurtic, Barreto, Mantovani – Ilicic, Brienza – Miccoli.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva were always going to be sorely missed at San Siro, but nobody believed the Rossoneri would struggle so much to compensate for the two players.
The Rossoneri have had a really disappointing start to their season, which led to calls for coach Max Allegri to be sacked, but the club chiefs, nonetheless, opted to stay behind the talented tactician.
Three straight defeats to Inter, Lazio and Malaga threatened to hurt Milan’s ambitions, but everybody at the club is hoping the hard-fought victory over Genoa will help the team return to the right track.
Talented Stephan El Shaarawy once again proved the match winner, bagging his 6th league goal of the season, with the youngster now 2.75 (7/4) with bet365 to score against Palermo as well.
With Milan desperately needing another victory to improve the atmosphere in the squad, odds of 2.40 (7/5) offered at William Hill on away win could be worth a shot.
Alexandre Pato is set for his second successive start, but Kevin-Prince Boateng is likely to miss out with a knee problem.
Sulley Muntari, Rodney Strasser, Didac Vila, Djamel Mesbah, Robinho and Mattia De Sciglio are all ruled out through injury.
Probable starting line-up (3-4-3): Amelia – Mexes, Bonera, Zapata – Abate, Montolivo, De Jong, Antonini – Emanuelson, Pato, El Shaarawy.