To still have the possibility to go further after the winter in Europa League our Genoa should not lose in Prague. A victory or a draw did not make any difference, in both situations Genoa has to win the last match at home against Valencia. Knowing this Mr. Gasperini decided to substitute the derby line-up players Amelia, Moretti, Criscito, Rossi, Milanetto, Palladino and Sculli while Palacio is injured. Only Biava (squalified next Sunday against Parma, just as Sokratis), Bocchetti and Juric stayed in the team and formed with Scarpi, Sokratis, Tomovic, Zapater, Mesto, Modesto, Crespo and Palladino the line-up in this 5th match in Europa League.
To be honest, the match was not very attractive. Both teams had a few chances to score, but Slavia Prague could not beat Alessio Scarpi, while Genoa was satisfied with a draw. The 0-0 draw was enough to Genoa and only Palladino received a yellow card, so nobody is banned against Valencia that won the other match in group B by 3-1 against Lille. Valencia is now on top of the standings with 9 points, while Genoa and Lille both have 7 points. Slavia Prague has only 3 points and is out of competition, so probably Lille easily wins the last match at Thursday 17th December. With a victory Lille is automaticly qualified to the next round, while Genoa has to beat Valencia to be the other team of group B after the winter.