Serie B: Parma remain top while Brescia hinder Palermo’s hopes for direct promotion

Serie B Matchdays 27 and 28 have seen Parma continue their charge towards promotion, whilst Palermo's dip in form has really hindered there chances of playing in Serie A next season.


Parma remain on top of the Serie B table after the completion of Matchdays 27 and 28, but there is plenty of action happening below them in the race for the playoffs.

The Gialloblu were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Cosenza, then won 3-1 away to Ternana, taking their tally for the 2023/24 season to 59 points. Cremonese are second on 53 after securing wins against Sampdoria and Modena, but Palermo have slipped after recent defeats to Ternana and Brescia.

It seemed that the free-flowing Rosanero team were in contention for direct promotion, but these consecutive defeats have allowed other clubs to leap above them on the Serie B table. Meanwhile, the Canarini and Rondinelle occupy the remaining playoffs, but the likes of Sudtirol, Pisa, and Sampdoria are closing in.

Brescia midfielder Dimitri Bisoli celebrates a victory. (@BresciaOfficial)

Palermo fall to Ternana and Brescia

Prior to these two rounds, Palermo had won four and drawn two of their last six Serie B matches, and they were as high as third after Matchday 25. However, the Sicilians have quickly dropped down the table after defeats in two thrilling matches.

The Rosanero hosted Ternana on Matchday 27, and the omens weren’t good when Gaston Pereiro gave the Rossoverdi the lead after 10 minutes. Although Kristoffer Hansen equalised soon after, Niklas Pyyhtia and Antonio Raimondo scored in the second half to put the Umbrians 3-1 up, meaning Matteo Brunori’s goal in stoppage time was a mere consolation.

On the weekend, they travelled to Brescia and were involved in arguably the most dramatic first half of any Serie B match this season. Gennaro Borrelli gave the Rondinelle the lead with an excellent back-heel in the first minute, then Brunori equalised soon after with a penalty. Federico Di Francesco put Palermo in front after 13 minutes, but the momentum swung in favour of the Lombard side after Ivan Marconi was sent off.

Fabrizio Paghera equalised for Brescia with a strike from outside of the box, Borrelli scored his second of the game to put the Rondinelle 3-2 up, and to make matters worse for Palermo, Di Francesco scored an own goal before half-time. The second half was a clock-watching exercise with substitute Giacomo Olzer wasting a chance to make it 5-2.

This had repercussions elsewhere. Como are now third after their 2-1 victory against Venezia, and Catanzaro have leaped above Palermo into fifth after wins against Bari and Cosenza. The Rosanero have dropped to sixth on 46 points whereas Brescia are seventh on 38 points. This is the highest the Rondinelle have been this season, but they must be wary of several teams below them.

Feralpisalo forward Davide Di Molfetta tries to close down Sampdoria midfielder Pajtim Kasami. (@sampdoria)

Sudtirol and Sampdoria among several clubs in Serie B playoffs chase

Although Brescia are in playoff contention under Rolando Maran, there are a few teams that can capitalise on any slip-ups made by the Rondinelle. In addition to Modena failing to win in six matches and Cittadella losing their last eight, it is almost impossible to predict who will finish in seventh and eighth places respectively.

Sudtirol are on 35 points, just one point away from Modena and Cittadella in equal eighth spot. The club from Bolzano in Northern Italy have won three and drawn two in their last six matches, winning 1-0 against Lecco in the latest round thanks to a goal in injury time from their captain Fabian Tait.

Sampdoria are on 34 points with Pisa and Bari. Although they suffered a 2-1 defeat to Cremonese on Matchday 27, the Blucerchiati won 2-1 against Cosenza in the previous round, and defeated Feralpisalo 3-1 on Matchday 28. Manuel De Luca scored twice for Il Doria against the Verdazzurri while Valerio Verre, who earned a penalty and supplied an assist, scored the third.

The Pisans drew 2-2 against Modena and defeated Cittadella 1-0, putting them close to playoff contention. The Nerazzurri are an expansive side under new coach Alberto Aquilani, but the lack of a proven goalscorer, and some erratic performances from veteran goalkeeper Nicolas could be their downfall.

Bari have their third coach of the season in former Fiorentina and Sassuolo tactician Beppe Iachini, and he has a proven track record of getting teams promoted to Serie A. A defeat to Catanzaro and a draw against Spezia may have dented some hope, but he did win his first two games in charge and has the experience his counterparts might be lacking.

Meanwhile, Cosenza and Reggiana are on 33 points each. They are three points away from the playoffs, but they are also three points away from the playout. Both sides will need to start winning again to avoid the latter.

Serie B 2023/24: Matchday 27 results

DateSerie B Fixtures/Results
Tue, Feb 27Ascoli 1-1 Brescia
Tue, Feb 27Reggiana 1-1 Sudtirol
Tue, Feb 27Catanzaro 2-0 Bari
Tue, Feb 27Lecco 0-3 Como
Tue, Feb 27Palermo 2-3 Ternana
Tue, Feb 27Parma 1-1 Cosenza
Tue, Feb 27Sampdoria 1-2 Cremonese
Wed, Feb 28Pisa 2-2 Modena
Wed, Feb 28Spezia 0-2 Feralpisalo
Wed, Feb 28Venezia 2-0 Cittadella

Serie B 2023/24: Matchday 28 results

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

Serie B 2023/24: Table after Matchday 28



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