Genoa can extend their unbeaten run to five games even with a draw, but they are eager to record a win in order to remain in the top half of the standings. Palermo finally climbed out of the bottom three as they hammered Chievo at Renzo Barbera, but the Rosanero have yet to bring their first point from the travels.
Genoa showing some consistency
Genoa squad were always going to be in for a major overhaul after the team finished the previous league campaign just above the bottom three, and the first signs show the club chiefs have done a good job in the summer transfer window. Talented coach Luigi De Canio took over the reigns, while quality players like Marco Borriello, Ciro Immobile, Daniel Tozser and Juan Manuel Vargas all arrived to boost the ranks. As a result, Genoa picked up 8 points from first 6 games, which can be seen as a good result, especially seeing they managed to bring points from away games against Lazio and Udinese, while completely outplaying champions Juventus at home. The Rossoblu are now on a three-match winning run and are high on confidence following the good showing at Friuli, so they look a good bet to beat one of the worst travelers in Serie A.
Juan Manuel Vargas, Bosko Jankovic and Mario Samprisi have all resumed full training, but Marco Rossi and Damiano Feronetti are definitely out.
Amazing Fabrizio Miccoli
Not so long ago, Palermo were regarded as one of the most talented sides in Serie A, with even the title contenders dreading the trip to Renzo Barbera, but a lot has changed since. Club president Maurizio Zamparini is the one to blame for club’s recent downtrend in fortunes, as he has yet to realize that you cannot keep changing three or four coaches a year and still expect results. Don’t get me wrong, Palermo still have a decent squad that could cause some problems if they were to start playing to their potential, but the problem is they rarely do. While the Rosanero have finally managed to record a home win, almost entirely thanks to magnificent Fabrizio Miccoli, they have lost all three away fixtures this season, proving they are probably the worst travelers in Serie A. It is for that reason that I believe Genoa can win this game.
Franco Brienza misses out through suspension, while Pini Zahavi and Milan Milanovic are out through injury.
Genoa have been showing a lot of potential of late and the second home win is long overdue. Palermo are still utterly disappointing on the travels and with the Rosanero still unable to find their game, home win looks on the cards.
Our prediction: Home win
Odds: 2.25 (5/4)
Bookmaker: William Hill