Cagliari vs Sampdoria (By: DamirJ)
After three consecutive victories, over Bologna, Atalanta and impressive performance against Fiorentina, players of Cagliari come from a 2:2 draw on the road to Lecce.
The team was set as a favorite and became even a bigger one, as they had the double goals lead all the way till the last fifteen minutes of the match.
However, some of the referees' decisions and staying with a man less playing, affected them too much as they simply couldn't cope completely with the circumstances and pressure from the home team that had nothing to lose.
The team is now three points behind the Champions League fourth-placed Roma and surely aims another victory to keep up the pace.
Goalkeeper Olsen (12/0) and right back Cacciatore (8/0) are suspended for this clash. Injured are central defender Ceppitelli (9/2), right back Farago (3/1), offensive midfielder Birsa (2/0) and forward Pavoletti (1/0).
Sampdoria got a bit better momentum recently, as the team comes from their fourth undefeated game - this time at home celebrating a 2:1 victory.
They stood back in the scoreline a bit against the flow of the match, continuing to completely dominate the whole game.
They leveled up via Gabbiadini in the added time of the first halftime, while it got easier for them once the guests played with a man less when Jajalo got excluded at the start of the second halftime.
They reverted from the penalty kick scored by Ramirez, as they now finally stand out of the relegation zone. Just two points more than red zone placed Genoa and surely need to maintain the momentum.
Right-back Bereszynski (10/0) is injured for the guests, as well as right full-back Depaoli (11/0) and midfielders Barreto (2/0) and Bertolacci (5/0).
Cagliari have scored at least 2 goals in their last 4 matches (Serie A).
Sampdoria did improve recently, but the fact is also that they had a bit easier schedule. Cagliari is back at home where they enjoy recently and have the real momentum, being an even stronger favorite in my eyes than what the odds suggest.
The team from Genoa showed very little so far on the road and should be able to match the opponents offensive potential.
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Cagliari vs Sampdoria prediction
Cagliari WinsOdds: 2.15 at Bet365
Result: 4-3 WON (+9.2 units)
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