Parma-CagliariBy: Jeremy | April 20th, 2012
After a postponement of last weekends home/road game with Catania, we hit the road/road to play Parma in an edgy game with many subplots. Both teams are on 38 points, by no means safe, and with a real chance to put the other in a much more stressful position then they are in now.
Parma is now coached by ex Cagliari boss Roberto Donadoni. After being let go last summer by Cagliari, before a game was even played, he was a midseason replacement for Parma who needed something to keep them above the relegation zone. While he has not been an overwhelming success, he has put them in a position to survive which is all anyone can ask. While he liked Cagliari and the players, like many ex Cagliari coaches, he left too early with a sour taste in his mouth and a lot of hate for Cellino. You can bet Donadoni would love to see Cagliari go down.
Other being a little more rested, Cagliari still has the same plots as last week as they will play a game outside Sardinia knowing they need to get 3-4 points in these next 6 games to achieve safety. There is still strife between Cellino and the local government as he tries to angle for a new stadium while severely underestimating the problem of playing your last 8 games outside Sardinia. Despite some talk of Europe, the goal has been safety and Cellinos antics have only made it tougher.
As for the players, Dessena is still missing but he is about it. If Pinilla plays we have a chance and we have done well against Parma at home and on the road in recent years. He should partner Thiago Ribeiro up top but Ficcadenti has yet to show he has learned anything about putting the players in the right spot to create goals. He really has not done a better job then Ballardini but neither coach seems to have the majority of the dressing room on his side. Even if Cagliari survives, expect him to get fired this summer.
Parma has won a couple of nice games against Lazio and Novara to put pressure on teams like Fiorentina and Genoa who saw Parma as the team Lecce might catch. Now they are essentially a home win against Cagliari from safety. Delaying the Palermo game to play Cagliari at home will likely give them some confidence and the odds are probably in their favor for a win. The weak schedule would make relegation a shock for their fans. They are lead by Giovinco who with Lucarreli and Flocarri will have all the players at the top of their game as this is a huge opportunity for them in so many ways.
Logic says this will be an exciting draw as both teams feel like they can win but for different reasons. We are more talented but they are better organized, at home, and seem to be playing lately with the passion we lack. That being said, Pinilla can win this game single handedly with his play so watch him.
With a Saturday evening start locally, we get to put the pressure on our relegation rivals or create added pressure ourselves by losing and then watching Sundays games to see who passes us. There are still a lot of scenarios for many teams as it relates to relegation, but both of these teams will feel this is a golden opportunity to take away most of the stress that comes with trying to stay safe.
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