European hopefuls Cagliari chase a first Serie A win in five matches when struggling giants Milan visit Sardinia. The Islanders currently sit in sixth, four points ahead of Parma and have enjoyed a fine first-half of the season, despite their recent poor run of results. Meanwhile, the Rossoneri continue to toil outside of the top 10.
Where and when: Sardegna Arena, Cagliari – 11 January, kick-off 14:00
Where you can see Cagliari vs. Milan: William Hill live streaming
Last time: Milan were given a helping hand early on as Rossoblu defender Luca Ceppitelli put through his own net. Lucas Paqueta and Krzysztof Piatek added to the scoreline when the sides tussled in February 2019.
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Cagliari vs. Milan Predictions and Preview
Cagliari suffered their heaviest loss of the term at the hands of Juventus. The Sardinians returned to domestic action after the winter break but were undone by the individual brilliance of Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portuguese superstar had a hand in all four goals, though the final scoreline was an unfair reflection of the contest on the whole.
Prior to consecutive defeats to the champions, Udinese and Lazio, Cagliari were on a 13-game unbeaten run and remain well poised for a top eight finish at the very least.
Skipper and Inter-owned midfielder Radja Nainggolan will be keen to make his mark and the Belgian is an attractive 14/1 to open proceedings. Nainggolan has nine goal contributions to his name and would not look out of place in Antonio Conte’s side.
Visitors Milan failed to crown Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s second debut with a victory. The veteran came on as a second-half substitute in the goalless draw with Sampdoria but should feature from the opening whistle in Sardinia. Ibrahimovic is the 4/1 favourite to register first and 8/1 to net a brace.
Stefano Pioli may also be tempted to bring in Rafael Leao at the expense of Suso. The Spaniard has looked a shadow of the player who laid on nine assists and bagged a further seven efforts last year.
One to watch for Cagliari: Giovanni Simeone will lead the line in the absence of Leonardo Pavoletti and is 6/1 to score last. The Argentine has impressed since joining on loan from Fiorentina and is reportedly close to making the move permanent.
One to watch for Milan: Jack Bonaventura will line-up in the midfield three and is 9/1 in the same final scorer market. Bonaventura was out of favour with Gennaro Gattuso but is a favourite of Pioli and his technical ability and combination play with Ibrahimovic will be worth keeping an eye on.
Long shot: Cagliari will be determined to prove their last 270 minutes of action were a blip, which spells danger for Milan. The Rossoblu have a stable and settled team, in contrast to their visitors, who lack confidence, consistency and until Ibrahimovic’s arrival, a real goal threat. A convincing 3-0 home success is 40/1.