Serie A holders Juventus visit Cagliari hot on the heels of leaders Napoli. The Bianconeri are approaching top form and have the squad depth to freshen things up, something Maurizio Sarri’s men lack and this could prove the difference at the end of the campaign.
Stadio Sant’Elia is also historically a happy hunting ground for Juventus.
Where and when: Stadio Sant’Elia – 6 January, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Cagliari vs. Juventus: BT Sport, bet365 live streaming
Last time: Gonzalo Higuain netted in both halves in a comfortable 2-0 win for the visitors.
Cagliari v Juventus Predictions and Preview
Cagliari picked up a morale boosting three points against Atalanta and will need more of the same resilience if they’re to upset the champions. The Sardinians are positioned as expected in the table but only have a five-point cushion over the likes of Crotone and Spal who are in and around the relegation spots.
Diego Lopez’ team face an uphill task but are a different proposition on home soil. Last year the hosts won 11 of their 14 matches in Sardinia and will have the passionate support from the terraces to count on. A 2-1 win is 25/1.
Opposite number Max Allegri will be hoping for more of the same. The Bianconeri tactician remains the most innovative Coach in the league and his decision to start Paulo Dybala in a new playmaker role away in Verona was handsomely rewarded with two goals. With five wins from their last six, Juventus are heavily backed in the market at evens.
In midfield, summer recruit Blaise Matuidi has settled in seamlessly. The former PSG midfielder provides real drive from box-to-box and offers something different to his peers in the centre of the pitch. Matuidi has notched twice this season and is an appealing 18/1 to score during the 90.
Leading forward Higuain, who has not registered in the league since his decider against old side Napoli, will be desperate to follow Dybala’s lead and 7/1 is the betting for him to do exactly that as the game’s final scorer.
One to watch for Cagliari: With five strikes to his name, loanee Leonardo Pavoletti is showing the form which earned him his big money move to the Partenopei. The striker is 11/1 to score any time.
One to watch for Juventus: Dybala is back in the goals after his double against Verona last weekend. The Argentine is 4/1 to net first.
Long shot: Juventus have won the last six meetings between the two sides, with Cagliari’s last triumph dating back to November 2009. Despite the odds being against them, the Rossoblu have a genuine goalscorer in the ranks and can hurt the opposition if they play to Pavelotti’s strengths. A win for the Isolani and over 3.5 goals in 45/1.