With another week of chaos at Parma, The Ducali will try to ignore the off field nonsense as Roberto Donadoni’s men prepare to host struggling Atalanta on Sunday.
Parma looks ready to return to action this week having missed the last two rounds due to the financial mess at the club. Parma’s last outing was an impressive goalless draw away to second placed Roma in round 24. This week’s preparations saw Donadoni put his side through their paces on Thursday with a full game against the Primavera, before an intense closed doors session on Friday.
Despite not having played for two weeks, Donadoni’s side can go in to this pretty confident, considering their last display at the Olimpico, Atalanta have lost four on the bounce and are in a dire state themselves as they plunge back into the relegation zone. This awful form saw coach Stefano Colantuono replaced with ex Lazio man Edy Reja.
Parma have no new injury concerns going into this fixture and they will be looking to Ishak Belfodil to take confidence from his outstanding display at the Olimpico and hope he can find his shooting boots as Parma have only found the net twice in their last five outings, Alessandro Lucarelli will skipper the side, he’ll be looking to inspire his team on the pitch with the same passion he has shown off it during these difficult times.
As for Atalanta, they will be looking to heap more misery on Parma, and will be hoping German Denis can find some form against the joint worst defence in the league. New boss Edy Reja will have to do without top scorer Maxi Moralez, Davide Zappacosta and Alejandro Gomez who all miss out due to injury.
The last time these two sides met was back in October in Bergamo where the home side came out 1-0 winners thanks to a last minute strike from substitute Richmond Boakye.
Parma (Probable): Mirante; Cassani, Costa, Lucarelli, Gobbi; J. Mauri, Mariga, Nocerino; Varela, Belfodil, C. Rodriguez
Atalanta (Probable): Sportiello; Bellini, Benalouane, Cherubin, Drame; Carmona, Cigarini, Baselli, Emanuelson; D’Alessandro; Denis
By Giovanni Dougall