NEWS
Sunday November 11 2012
Line-ups: Palermo-Sampdoria

Today’s lunchtime kick-off is a huge relegation dogfight between Palermo and Sampdoria, whose seasons are hanging by a thread.

The 11.30am GMT start at the Stadio Barbera in Sicily sees Samp try to end a run of six consecutive defeats.

Although the club backed Coach Ciro Ferrara, a seventh loss could be deadly for his Blucerchiati career.

Maxi Lopez, Nicola Pozzi, Gaetano Berardi, Andrea Poli and Nenad Krsticic are out of action.

Palermo aren’t doing much better, as they have four points from the last five rounds.

Gian Piero Gasperini is under fire, having already replaced Giuseppe Sannino, but he is without Fabrizio Miccoli, Andrea Mantovani and Abel Hernandez.

Massimo Donati returns from injury to play as centre-back and Paulo Dybala gets a rare start in attack with support from Josip Ilicic and Franco Brienza.

Sampdoria had a difficult journey to Sicily, as their flight was cancelled due to flood warnings in Genoa on Saturday.

Therefore the team had to travel by bus to Pisa and take a plane from there.

Palermo: Ujkani; Munoz, Donati, Von Bergen; Morganella, Barreto, Kurtic, Garcia; Ilicic, Brienza; Dybala

Palermo bench: 99 Benussi, 7 Viola, 14 Bertolo, 15 Milanovic, 16 Zahavi, 17 Giorgi, 18 Labrin, 19 Budan, 20 Arevalo Rios, 22 Brichetto, 31 Pisano, 54 Aquino 

Sampdoria: Romero; Mustafi, Gastaldello, Rossini, Costa; Maresca, Obiang; Munari, Soriano, Poulsen, Eder

Sampdoria bench: 32 Berni, 2 Estigarribia, 5 Renan, 7 Castellini, 12 Tissone, 19 De Silvestri, 29 Juan Antonio, 93 Savic, 95 Falcone, 98 Icardi

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