Only four points separate Cagliari and Roma in the table as the clubs meet in Sardinia for another instalment of Serie A action. The Rossoblu have most recently chalked up three draws in succession and could comfortably be in and around the European places were it not for their struggles through on goal.
Where and when: Sardegna Arena – 8 December, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Cagliari vs. Roma: Eleven Sports 2
Last time: Cengiz Under struck early on and it was enough for the Lupi to secure all three points when the teams faced off towards the end of the previous campaign.
|Over 2.5 goals||3/1||Offer|
|Roma to win 2-1||15/2||Offer|
|Cagliari to win 1-0||12/1||Offer|
Cagliari vs. Roma Predictions and Preview
After narrowly avoiding relegation at the end of the 2017-18 league campaign, hosts Cagliari certainly appear more stable to feature in Italy’s top flight for the foreseeable future. Rolando Maran’s men will fancy their chances of securing what would be only a fourth league success of the campaign when Roma make the trip and the home dressing room will make it difficult for Eusebio Di Francesco’s under fire troops.
Despite the shortage of goals for the Rossoblu, big centre-forward Leonardo Pavoletti can be happy with his personal contribution of six league strikes, a haul which has earned him a recall to Roberto Mancini’s international setup.
Pavoletti accounts for half of Cagliari’s domestic tally and is the obvious danger for Kostas Manolas and Federico Fazio. The Lupi centre-halves will be in a battle from the opening whistle and the outcome of this tussle will go a long way to determining if the Sardinians take anything from the encounter. The former Napoli attacker is 13/2 to net first while the home squad can be found at 3/1 to pick up the victory.
Travelling party Roma are a point off the European berths, but five from the top four. For all the flack Gennaro Gattuso has got at Milan, the Diavolo legend has his group in the cherished Champions League places, and, with a far worse injury list to contend with than his struggling counterpart. The pressure is mounting on both tactician and players, but Roma are the heavy 5/6 favourites to get back on track and chalk up a result.
One to watch for Cagliari: Pavoletti’s strike partner João Pedro has five goal involvements to his name and is 3/1 in the anytime betting.
One to watch for Roma: Young prodigy Nicolò Zaniolo has featured in some big games this year and while earmarked for the future, has proven age is just a number. The Inter youth graduate is 5/1 in the same market.
Long shot: With Napoli and Inter shaping up to be the best of the rest, this leaves one from Milan, Lazio, dark horses Torino and Roma to battle it out for the final Champions League position. The Lupi could do with a statement showing and a 3-0 win at a difficult ground is an intriguing 14/1.