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Roma vs Palermo Match Preview

Looking to get back to her winning ways, Roma makes their first trip to Palermo in nearly two years to take on the 10th place Rosanero.

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As is often the case this time of year, we tend to forget that there are actual matches to discuss. So, if you can bear it, we'll eschew the talk of Mario Gomez, Mohamed Saleh and Matteo Darmian et al. and focus on tomorrow's trip to Palermo, Roma's first since 2013.  Last weekend's comeback was so enthralling, you probably forgot that the Totti-inspired heroics resulted in only a draw, which has become something of a pattern the past few months.

Since winning three consecutive matches to close out November, Roma has gone WDWDWD over their past six matches, so while the good tidings and (semi) spontaneous selfies are all well and good, Roma is still very much a club in flux.

Roma v.PalermoJanuary 17 20:45 CET, 14:45 EST Stadio Renzo Barbera Palermo, Italia

Since we're already less than 24 hours from kickoff, we'll keep it brief and just hit upon the key points.

Injuries & Suspensions

Roma are assuredly without the services of Daniele De Rossi and Radja Nainggolan, each of whom will be suspended for this match, while Francesco Totti and Kostas Manolas are both listed as questionable heading into tomorrow afternoon's match, though they've both been included on the squad list.

As far as Palermo is concerned, their only lingering matchday doubt just happens to be Paulo Dybala, who just happens to lead the club with nine goals and five assists.

Unfamiliar Familiarity

After a three decade absence from Serie A, Roma and Palermo met every season since 2004, that is until the Rosanero were relegated following the 2012-2013 season. So, while they're not complete strangers, we can't exactly say Roma are familiar with Palermo's current incarnation, least of all with Dybala, who has already tripled his goal haul from Palermo's last Serie A season.

All told, Palermo has been remarkably consistent, scoring and conceding 30 goals on their way to 10th place. So, while they're very much an average side in many respects, trips to Sicily is seldom a simple task.