Much improved Cagliari host Juventus in Serie A action with one eye on a top-ten finish. The Sardinians have improved immeasurably since the winter break, winning four of their last six matches and will be no walkover for a depleted Juventus squad. The Bianconeri are a maximum five victories away from retaining the title.
Where and when: Sardegna Arena, Sardinia – 2 April, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Cagliari vs. Juventus: Premier Sports 1
Last time: Paulo Dybala opened the scoring in the first minute but his effort was cancelled out by Joao Pedro. Filip Bradarić unfortunately put through his own net after the break as the Bianconeri regained their lead before Juan Cuadrado sealed a comfortable 3-1 final score.
|Cagliari to score in both halves||6/1||Offer|
|Federico Bernardeschi to score anytime||7/2||Offer|
|Juventus to win 2-0||7/1||Offer|
Cagliari vs. Juventus Predictions and Preview
In-form Cagliari come in to the contest after an impressive 3-0 victory away at Chievo. The Rossoblu have beaten some good sides in recent weeks, toppling both Inter and Fiorentina and the feel good factor is back in Sardinia after a miserable run that began in November and only ended in February.
Central to the marked improvement has been the form of Italy duo Leonardo Pavoletti and the prodigiously talented Nicolo Barella. Pavoletti has 10 goals to his name this campaign and his fine personal form was rewarded with a call-up to the national setup for the EURO 2020 qualifying double header.
Pavoletti capped his maiden appearance for the Azzurri with the final effort against Liechtenstein and the burly hitman will be full of confidence, particularly against a much changed Juventus. The ex-Napoli forward is 9/2 to score first while Cagliari are 9/2 to emerge triumphant and 12/5 for a point.
Visitors Juventus are missing a host of first-teamers with Leonardo Spinazzola, Cuadrado, Andrea Barzagli, Sami Khedira and Cristiano Ronaldo just a few of the players who will sit out. Max Allegri is mindful of the Champions League clash with Ajax coming up and has suggested Dybala may stay behind with Moise Kean in line for another start.
The Italy international bagged the winner against Empoli and is 4/1 to open proceedings in Sardinia. Meanwhile, Joao Cancelo may be pushed in to a more advanced role given the attacking shortages at Allegri’s disposal and is an attractive 12/1 to net anytime. Juventus are 8/11 to chalk up win number 26 domestically.
One to watch for Cagliari: Joao Pedro will partner Pavoletti upfront and will feed off the big striker. Pedro is 11/4 to score anytime and add to his tally of six for the term.
One to watch for Juventus: With Ronaldo still out, Miralem Pjanic will be at the front of the free-kick queue and the Bosnian is a sure-fire guarantee to at the very least hit the target. Pjanic is 4/1 is the same anytime betting.
Long shot: For Cagliari, this is the perfect time to be facing Juventus. The champions toiled against Empoli and any loss of focus with Ajax around the corner, could be capitalised on. An enjoyable 2-2 outcome is 18/1.