Tonight, Genoa & Sunderland meet at Napoli’s San Paolo for a place amongst the Elite of Division 1…
Genoa met Sunderland in Gameweek 38 and got the draw that cemented their place in the playoff (lottery), after a 2-2 draw at the Stadium of Light.
With fitness levels an issue, none of the players who defeated Inter Milan in the semi final will start for Genoa tonight, with Coach Hirst choosing to field an all Italian 11 for 2nd time in less than a week. Andrea Belotti returns to lead the line, being supported by Domenico Berardi + debutants, Politano & Orsolini.
Sunderland have plenty to choose from in terms of fitness, with Rondon, Khaceridi, Pieters, Cabella, Visca, Zapata & Kurtic all 100% fit for tonight’s match.
The Black Cats will have the advantage of having won a playoff final last season after winning the Division 3 playoff final and having better strength in depth, but key players like Belotti & Marchisio from the bench will be a big boost for il Grifone.
Genoa will be hoping to follow in Villarreal’s footsteps of making from Division 4 when T100 was inaugurated right upto Division 1 in only 5 seasons, but without the relegation that the Yellow Submarines had in Season 1 😉
Rumour has it that Liverpool FC Owner, John Henry has flown out to Naples and will be offering a contract to the winner of tonights Division 2 Playoff Final…