Serie B: Palermo the entertainers, Feralpisalo giant killers

While Parma are pulling clear at the top of Serie B, Palermo have emerged as the second tier's entertainers and Feralpisalo are finally showing signs of being up for the fight against relegation.

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Parma have extended their lead over Venezia at the top of Serie B to six points, but most of the drama on Matchdays 18 and 19 came further down the table. The Gialloblu earned victories over Ternana and Brescia whereas the Arancioneroverdi drew against Lecco and Feralpisalo.

But Palermo have provided their share of excitement in recent rounds, scoring 12 goals and conceding 10 in their last four matches, whereas Feralpisalo have earned valuable points against illustrious opponents in recent games.

Sampdoria and Bari shared the points in a 1-1 draw, bringing 2023 and the first half of the season to a close. Serie B action returns on January 12, 2024, when Catanzaro host Lecco.

Palermo defender Ionut Nedelcearu beats Cremonese opponent Luca Ravanelli to the ball and scores. (@Palermofficial)

Palermo puts on another show in the Cadetti

Before their 3-3 draw against Parma on Serie B Matchday 16, Palermo had won just once in seven matches and lost four games in that period. In the last four rounds, the Rosanero have collected points and entertained everybody watching.

Following that chaotic draw at the Stadio Ennio Tardini, the Sicilians beat Pisa 3-2, drew 3-3 away to Como, and defeated Cremonese 3-2. Palermo squandered a 2-0 lead against the Pisans before Jacopo Segre scored the winner; they lead early, then trailed in the second half, and regained the lead before conceding a late Simone Verdi penalty against the Lariani; and Leo Stulac scored a goal late in injury time to defeat the Grigiorossi.

Rosanero coach Eugenio Corini has made changes to his defence, but the contributions from Roberto Insigne and Federico Di Francesco on the wings in recent rounds have made a difference, giving their main striker Matteo Brunori enough service to thrive on.

Palermo are accumulating points in some style and they are now just three points off a spot for direct promotion to Serie A.

Feralpisalo players celebrate with Mattia Compagnon after one of his goals. (@feralpisalo)

Feralpisalo pick up priceless points against strong opposition

It has been a difficult debut campaign for Feralpisalo, who have been languishing at the bottom of the Serie B table, and they replaced Stefano Vecchi with Marco Zaffaroni as coach after 10 matches. However, their form in the last three rounds has been remarkable to say the least.

After earning just seven points from the first 16 rounds, the Lombards have earned another seven in the last three matches. They defeated the high-flying Cremonese 1-0 on Matchday 17, won 3-2 in a controversial game against Sampdoria, and held Venezia to a 2-2 draw.

A Christos Kourfalidis strike was enough to defeat the Grigiorossi, and Feraplisalo were winning 2-0 in Genoa before the Blucerchiati came back. Mattia Zennaro scored the winner for the Verdazzurri, but Samp forward Sebastiano Esposito had a late goal disallowed after a supposed foul in the penalty area.

The Lombards lead twice against the Arancioneroverdi with Mattia Compagnon scoring both goals. However, the Venetians responded each time with Joel Pohjanpalo from the penalty spot and Giorgio Altare with a header.

Feralpisalo are now just four points off the relegation playoff spots, and six from a position of safety. Can they capitalise on this purple patch and make a real survival push?

Serie B 2023/24: Matchday 18 results

DateSerie B Fixtures/Results
Sat, Dec 23Cittadella 4-1 Spezia
Sat, Dec 23Como 3-3 Palermo
Sat, Dec 23Cremonese 4-0 Modena
Sat, Dec 23Parma 3-1 Ternana
Sat, Dec 23Venezia 2-2 Lecco
Sat, Dec 23Catanzaro 2-3 Brescia
Sat, Dec 23Bari 0-0 Cosenza
Sat, Dec 23Pisa 1-0 Ascoli
Sat, Dec 23Sampdoria 2-3 Feralpisalo
Sat, Dec 23Sudtirol 2-3 Reggiana

Serie B 2023/24: Matchday 19 results

DateSerie B Fixtures/Results
Tues, Dec 26Reggiana 1-0 Catanzaro
Tues, Dec 26Ascoli 0-0 Cittadella
Tues, Dec 26Brescia 0-2 Parma
Tues, Dec 26Cosenza 1-2 Como
Tues, Dec 26Feralpisalo 2-2 Venezia
Tues, Dec 26Lecco 2-1 Sudtirol
Tues, Dec 26Spezia 1-1 Modena
Tues, Dec 26Ternana 1-1 Pisa
Tues, Dec 26Palermo 3-2 Cremonese
Tues, Dec 26Sampdoria 1-1 Bari

Serie B 2023/24: Table after Matchday 19

PosClubMPPts
1Parma1941
2Venezia1935
3Como1935
4Cittadella1933
5Cremonese1932
6Palermo1932
7Catanzaro1930
8Modena1928
9Brescia1925
10Sampdoria1923
11Bari1923
12Reggiana1923
13Pisa1922
14Cosenza1921
15Sudtirol1920
16Lecco1920
17Ternana1918
18Ascoli1917
19Spezia1917
20Feralpisalo1914

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