Monopoli is a classical home team, with only 3 victories in 14 away matches. They lost the last two away games against Viterbese (2:0) and Catanzaro (6:0), while today coach Giuseppe Pancaro has enormous problems with absence. Out of the squad are Starita (29/7 top scorer), Bizzotto (25/0 suspended), Vassallo (22/1 suspended). Pinto (16/2 suspended), Drudi (13/0), Giannotti (9/1 suspended), Di Benedetto (3/0), and Cascella (2/0). ACR Messina is better and better round by round. They have only 1 defeat in the last 8 matches (4-3-1) and are only -5 points from the safe zone. In the middle of December, they were in deep relegation problems, but their new coach Ezio Raciti is doing a great job. This is an ideal chance for ACR Messina to take advantage of these problems and grab an important victory.