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Roma Faces Difficult Match At Palermo This Weekend

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Trips to Sicily are often tough for Roma, and it will be even tougher for this year's team to get a result now that manager Rudi Garcia is officially on the hot seat, with Carlo Ancelotti reportedly looming in the wings.

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What's The Skinny?

Well, this could get ugly folks. In addition to several ESPN FC articles dedicated to the subject, USA Today has also published an article on manager Rudi Garcia's shortened leash at Roma recently. The USA Today article is especially worrisome, as it contains the following quote: "Ancelotti's name is being mentioned (to replace Garcia) but I'm not sure he would want to take over this ship." The culprit of this quote? Roma's official TV station host Francesca Brienza, who also happens to be Garcia's girlfriend. Hopefully everybody in this situation remains professional given the relationships in play, but in the quote above Brienza seems to already be hinting that there may be more internal problems at Trigoria than simply Garcia's job as manager, which is not good to say the least.

The Match

A devout believer in it, Garcia will once again go with a 4-3-3 on Sunday, with Wojciech (What was that positioning?!?!) Szczesny back between the sticks and looking to redeem himself following his dumpster fire of a performance midweek. Alessandro Florenzi seems to have locked down the right back position for now. Midfielder Daniele De Rossi is penciled in at center back once again, however there's a chance center back Leandro Castan could return to the starting lineup. Castan's presence might be just what this defense needs following an embarrassing display midweek.

Roma v.PalermoOctober 4 15:00 CET, 09:00 EDT Stadio Renzo Barbera Palermo, Italia

William Vainqueur could get his first Roma start after an impressive substitute cameo recently following an injury to midfielder Seydou Keita. Q would accompany Radja Nainggolan and Miralem Pjanic in the starting midfield, which could be interesting to see. The front line will supposedly be composed of Iago Falque, Mohamed Salah, and Gervinho, which would not be interesting to see, especially after midweek (unless it was in FIFA). There's a slight chance Garcia could give Ezequiel Ponce the start at striker; in that case Salah would most likely be dropped from the starting lineup.


Hosts Palermo might be the only team in Serie A in worse form than Roma right now, having lost the last three matches after starting the campaign with two wins and a draw. The Sicilians might lineup in a 3-4-1-2 formation against Roma, with former Italy international Alberto Gilardino spearheading the attack. Palermo's midfield has been the real focal point of the team though, with midfielder Franco Vazquez racking up 3 assists and midfielder Oscar Hiljemark netting 3 goals through 6 matches.

Roma's Probable Formation (4-3-3): 26 Szczesny; 24 Florenzi; 44 Manolas; 16 De Rossi; 3 Digne; 21 Vainqueur; 4 Nainggolan; 15 Pjanic; 14 Falque; 27 Gervinho; 11 Salah

Palermo's Probable Formation (3-4-1-2): 70 Sorrentino; 23 Struna; 12 Gonzalez; 34 El Kautari; 7 Lazaar; 10 Hiljemark; 28 Jajalo; 3 Rispoli; 20 Vazquez; 21 Quaison; 11 Gilardino


Roma escapes with a 2-2 tie against 12th placed Palermo, keeping the team a few points adrift of leaders Fiorentina. The match will put Garcia's fate in limbo for now, but management may need to make a change soon if Roma still wants to compete for a scudetto.