It’s derby day at the Mapei Stadium on Sunday afternoon, Roberto Donadoni’s men make the short 71km journey south to face Eusabio Di Francesco’s Sassuolo.
The Ducali returned to action last weekend where they etched out a 0-0 draw at home to Atalanta, A result they will take, given Parma hadn’t kicked a ball in two weeks. It’s been another whirlwind week for Parma as the bankruptcy date in court of 19th March looms round the corner, it has been reported that on Wednesday president Manenti turned down a 500,000 Euro offer from a London based company to take control of the club and take on its debts. This week has also seen a group of the clubs fans buying back parts of the locker room at auction thus seeing it be returned to Collecchio.
On the pitch Mister Donadoni can take some positives from the last two rounds, Parma’s leaky defence has somewhat stopped the rot in the last two rounds earning clean sheets away to Roma and home to Atalanta, with some solid displays, the problem now for Parma is at the other end, Donadoni however will be boosted by the return of young striker Massimo Coda last weekend. Parma has failed to score since Antonio Nocerino’s strike against Milan in round 21. However they will have to do without Christian Rodriguez who this week rescinded his contract at the Tardini to join Gremio.
As for Sassuolo they will go into this Emillia Romagana derby in fairly confident mood, giving Parma’s woes off the field Sassuolo recorded a very impressive draw at The Juventus Stadium on Monday night. Parma will have to be aware of old boy Nicola Sansone who will be out to hurt his former club he left just last season.
The last time these two sides met back in October The Neroverdi came out on top with a comfortable 3-1 win at The Ennio Tardini. Eusabio Di Francesco will be hoping for more of the same from his impressive Sassuolo team he is building, Roberto Donadoni on the other hand will be hoping he can continue to stop the rot and build on the two draws from their last outings his side have managed during these most difficult of times.
Expected Line Up’s
Sassuollo: Consigli, Vrsaljko, Acerbi, Peluso, Longhi, Brighi, Magnanelli, Missiroli, Berardi, Zaza, Sansone
Parma: Mirante, Cassani, Costa, Lucarelli, Gobi, J.Mauri, Mariga, Nocerino, Varela, Coda, Belfodil
By Giovanni Dougall