Having won just one league game so far, Palermo sit just above the relegation zone and they have no choice but to go for a win against Milan. The Rossoneri, too, have had a very poor start to the season, but they hope to build on weekend’s 1-0 victory over Genoa.
Not so long ago, Palermo were seen as one of Italy’s top sides and were fighting for European places, but the club have suffered a major downtrend in fortunes over the last few years. Controversial president Maurizio Zamparini certainly did not help, with his impatience with coaches only adding to the problems. After narrowly escaping the drop last season, Palermo again look like genuine relegation strugglers, having taken just 7 points from first 8 games, with Gian Piero Gasperini taking over from Giuseppe Sannino few weeks ago. The Rosanero have shown some improvement of late, recording three straight draws, but it is more than clear they lack some quality and experience to mix it up with the best of them. Taking also into account they were beaten 4-0 by Milan in the same fixture last season, the Rosanero don’t have much to hope for at the moment.
Milan boss Max Allegri was heavily criticized for what was club’s worst start to a league campaign in 60 years, but, in all fairness, the Rossoneri should have picked up at least few more points in the first eight games. Coping with the departures of Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva, as well as with numerous selection problems, Milan played several very good games, but they were unfortunate not to turn their domination into goals. The team have been showing a lot of improvement of late and after finally recording a much needed victory against Genoa at the weekend, they can be trusted to continue the good run. With Alexandre Pato back and the 3-4-3 formation producing very good results, Milan do look the favourites to bring all three points from Renzo Barbera.