Parma hosts Cittadella in round 29 of Italian Serie B. The match will be played on Friday, March 11th at Stadio Ennio Tardini (Parma)
In the previous season, Parma quite unexpectedly dropped to the 2nd division of Italian football. And they thought that it was just such a negative coincidence that can be corrected in the shortest possible time. Moreover, such a legendary football player as Buffon returned to the team. Despite his age, the goalkeeper is still in great shape and saved the Crusaders more than once (and it was not in vain that his contract was extended at the end of winter). But in general, Parma frankly disappointed its fans. The team did not justify the status of the favorite, and now it is in a lower part of the standings. There are fewer victories than defeats, and there is no even mathematical possibility to fix everything. In the last round, the Crusaders tied against Reggina and extended the unbeaten streak to four matches. But it didn’t help them to get closer to the playoff zone.
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Cittadella returned from Serie C in 2016. And the team set a curious bar almost immediately. It is already customary for the Maroons to finish in the playoff zone at the end of each season. Fortunately, Serie B has as many as six playoff places and not four, as other similar championships. By the way, Cittadella does not show a good intermediate result so far, taking only tenth place. Edoardo Gorini’s men can’t relax, or this time the playoffs will take place without their participation (by the way, this is the first such job for this coach, who has been working with Cittadella since 2021). There was an unpleasant period in the winter, when they could not win five matches in a row and were relegated from the Italian Cup. But Cittadella managed to add in mid-February and earned ten points in five matches. In the last round, the Maroons lost 1-2 to Monza.
These teams played five head-to-head matches, and Parma strictly alternated victories and draws. In October, the Crusaders won 2-1 away, with Buffon saving a penalty at the start of the match. Both clubs are not in the best shape at the moment. Therefore, you should not wait for high production.