PREVIEW: U.S. PALERMO - CHIEVO VERONA
SCOTT PETERSON - Sunday, May 6, 2012
Michael Bradley and Chievo Verona make the long trek to Sicily on Sunday to take on U.S. Palermo in the penultimate weekend of Serie A action.
Bradley is a lock for the starting lineup in Mimmo di Carlo's team, as the American has had an incredible season becoming absolutely invaluable to the Chievo cause. After being subbed on in his first eligible match, Bradley has started every match this campaign save one due to suspension.
Di Carlo does have a couple of injuries to compensate for in attack; Cyril Thèréau and Davide Moscardelli both appear to be ruled out with nagging knocks. While Thèréau and Moscardelli have combined to find the back of the net 10 times, it has been goal by committee for Chievo all season with no one player tallying more than 6 times. Sergio Pellissier, six goals, and Alberto Paloschi, five goals, would figure to be logical inclusions up top.
Palermo starts the match knowing that they still need a point to retain their top-flight status. With six points on Lecce with two matches to play, the Rosaneri need to get a favorable result against the Mussi Volanti from Chievo or in Genoa a week from Sunday.
Palermo has a great deal to offer in the way of offensive acumen, as strikers Igor Budan and Abel Hernanez have each found the back of the net six times to compliment leading scorer Fabrizio Miccoli, who has 13 goals.