Serie B: Parma’s grip on top spot loosens in Palermo stalemate, Como soaring towards Serie A

Parma are seriously stuttering at the top of Serie B as they seek promotion to Serie A, and an in-form Como are now breathing down the Gialloblu's necks in the title race.

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There were no fewer than six scoreless draws on Serie B Matchday 34, which included the stalemate between stuttering leaders Parma and playoff contenders Palermo.

It had seemed that the Gialloblu would comfortably seal their passage back to Serie A, considering their dominance for the majority of the 2023/24 campaign, but their 0-0 draw against the Rosanero saw their lead cut to three points. With the Crociati making further slips, the likes of Venezia and Como have a chance to take direct promotion away from them.

The Arancioneroverdi won 2-1 against Lecco while the Azzurri earned an emphatic 5-2 victory away to Feralpisalo. The Venetians are three points behind the Lariani, and six points behind Parma, but with four rounds remaining, their lead in Serie B could finally be under threat.

Palermo and Parma fail to repeat spectacle from Matchday 16

Parma players thank their fans for their attendance on the road. (Photo: Parma Calcio 1913 Facebook)

After the thrilling 3-3 draw between the two sides on Matchday 16, it would have been fair to assume that Palermo and Parma would have produced another feast for the neutrals.

Unfortunately, it was a dour affair between two teams with everything to play for. The Rosanero took just two shots on target, and the Crociati did not fare much better, taking four. The Sicilians have earned three draws under new coach Michele Mignani, who had been amassing draws aplenty when he was at Bari earlier in the season.

Parma have encountered a scoring problem late in the campaign. Right winger Dennis Man has 11 goals for the season, but he has failed to score in the last five rounds; Adrian Benedyczak on the opposite flank has found the back of the net 10 times in this campaign, but he has not scored in his last four appearances; and centre-forwards Ange-Yoan Bonny and Gabriel Charpentier have not been prolific.

With the end of the campaign drawing closer and Serie A promotion not mathematically sealed, Parma coach Fabio Pecchia did not need this goalscoring issue to surface at the time that it has.

Como produce classy performance against Feralpisalo

Como players Patrick Cutrone and Gabriel Strefezza celebrate a victory. (@Como_1907)

Prior to this match, Como had won their last four matches whereas Feralpisalo had won twice in their last six. Lariani forward Alessandro Gabrielloni had scored in his last four matches while his teammate Lucas Da Cunha had scored in the last three. Remarkably, neither one of those two scored in this emphatic win against the Verdazzurri.

It was the Leoni del Garda that surprisingly took the lead after 16 minutes. Mattia Felici had a goal disallowed earlier in the game, but he produced a similar strike to put his team in front. This woke Como from their slumber as Patrick Cutrone scored twice and Federico Barba also found the back of the net.

Although Mattia Zennaro pulled a goal back just before half-time, Feralpisalo could not produce a miracle comeback. Gabriel Strefezza made it 4-2 in the 64th minute with an excellent bending strike, and Matthias Braunoder sealed the result four minutes from time.

Como remain second and now have 67 points. They have won their last five games, and they could draw level with Parma if they beat Sampdoria, and the Ducali lose to Lecco in the next round.

Serie B 2023/24: Matchday 34 results

DateSerie B Fixtures/Results
Fri, Apr 19Palermo 0-0 Parma
Fri, Apr 19Reggiana 0-4 Cosenza
Sat, Apr 20Ascoli 0-0 Modena
Sat, Apr 20Bari 1-1 Pisa
Sat, Apr 20Brescia 0-0 Ternana
Sat, Apr 20Feralpisalo 2-5 Como
Sat, Apr 20Catanzaro 0-0 Cremonese
Sat, Apr 20Lecco 1-2 Venezia
Sat, Apr 20Spezia 0-0 Sampdoria
Sat, Apr 20Sudtirol 0-0 Cittadella

Serie B 2023/24: Table after Matchday 34

PosClubMPPts
1Parma3470
2Como3467
3Venezia3464
4Cremonese3460
5Catanzaro3456
6Palermo3452
7Brescia3446
8Sampdoria3445
9Pisa3444
10Cittadella3444
11Sudtirol3443
12Modena3440
13Reggiana3440
14Cosenza3439
15Ternana3437
16Bari3436
17Spezia3436
18Ascoli3434
19Feralpisalo3431
20Lecco3426

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