Messina, the next points are worth double


By John

It is the classic match in which points are worth double. Saturday evening (8.45pm) at the “Amerigo Liguori” stadium in Torre del Greco will be a delicate match for the survival race of Turris and Messina, who arrive at the direct clash with opposite states of mind.
The Giallorossi are certainly better, as they want to extend the positive moment after the two prestigious consecutive victories against Casertana and Taranto. Points and performances that allowed Fumagalli and his teammates to catch Foggia on 25 points and get out of the play-out zone, now three points away. What will close the excellent month of January, Cerignola aside, will be the first of two consecutive direct clashes for Messina (the second at home against Virtus Francavilla), who will also want to try to recover those points lost in the first leg match which represents one of the biggest regrets of the Peloritani season: at the “Franco Scoglio”, in fact, coach Giacomo Modica’s team suffered the visitors’ comeback from 3-1 to 3-3 in the 95th minute.
Preparation. Yesterday afternoon work on the synthetic pitch of the “Marullo” where Messina played a joint training session with the Primavera team. Useful test for testing patterns and game situations, both in the defensive and offensive phases, to oppose Turris. A match of great value that the Giallorossi could face again with the 4-2-3-1 formation, used in the last two outings, and with some changes in the starting eleven, although not differing much from that of last Sunday. Fumagalli in goal, Salvo, Manetta and Pacciardi in defense, while for the last shirt Ortisi, Zona or Polito, even if he didn’t train yesterday after the slight muscle discomfort felt during the week. Only differentiated work for Lia, not yet available. More alternatives in midfield with the return of Franco, after a one-match suspension, and Scafetta, affected in recent days, while Florence is on leave for family reasons. The former Lucchese could resume his place in the middle (outside the council) with Frisenna, also favored due to questions of playing time. In attack the trident Rosafio, Emmausso and Zunno gave ample guarantees behind Luciani, in a run-off with Plescia. The session scheduled for this morning and the finishing session for tomorrow, both scheduled at the “Marullo”, will give further indications before leaving for Campania.
Market. The major gaps have been filled and the arrival of Civilleri has added further experience, physique and depth to the midfield. Some movement is expected with Buffa, still injured, and Tropea, on the sidelines and not called up in recent weeks, among the main suspects to leave the group. Incoming, however, only one central defender should arrive, except for last-minute occasions.