Cagliari vs Roma by Enzo
Cagliari had the lead against Genoa in the season opening game thanks to a goal from Borriello in 66th minute, however it wasn't enough to get points against much more quality and far more superior side on that day. Their goal was anyway against the flow of the match, while once Genoa upped their tempo, they quickly reverted the scoreline with last twelve minutes.
Ntcham and Laxalt reverted to 2:1 in 78th and 79th minute, while Cagliari got punished once again when they tried to respond, conceding the third goal in 88th minute via Rigoni. During the match they were mostly standing behind the ball and showing little in attack, while the team awaits even more difficult task now when welcoming Roma. Apart from Serie A, they also had a Cup game previous weekend, winning over Spal 5:1, but failed to repeat such good performance in attack against Genoa.
Cagliari should be playing in 3-5-2 formation with Sau and Borriello as forwards. Right full back Daniele Dessena is injured, same as offensive midfielder Joao Pedro and forward Federico Melchiorri, all three without performing so far in the new season. Other offensive midfielder, Diego Farias is doubtful for the match and will hardly play.
Roma, on the other side, already suffered disappointment this season, being excluded from Champions League qualifiers last Tuesday evening suffered 3:0 home defeat against Porto. Italians were playing with a man less for a lot of time in the first leg back in Portugal when they took a 1:1 draw, but playing with two man less for fourty minutes was simply too much in the repetition.
In between of these games, Roma opened the season in a best possible way in Serie A, winning over Udinese at home 4:0 and showing some really decent skills in attack in last thirty minutes. Not that the Romans did something specially poor against Porto, but the development of the game and red cards simply didn't go in their favor, so I expect them to respond here with even better performance, especially in attack since the whole team now needs a victory badly in order to restore some of their atmosphere.
Visitors from Rome should continue playing in offensive 4-3-3 formation with Perotti and Shaarawy on the wings as forwards and with Salah most likely as central striker. Central defender Antonio Rudiger and left back Mario Rui are both out injured, while other central defender Kostas Manolas remains doubtful, which might bring some problems in their defense in case the Greek doesn't play. Edin Dzeko might start from the bench in case the coach opts for false nine Salah.
- Cagliari have seen over 2.5 goals in 11 of their last 13 matches against Roma.
- Roma have scored at least 2 goals in their last 8 away matches (Serie A).
Roma actually have played quite fine football in previous three official matches, but didn't have much of luck in Champions League. I expect the team to react here and cruise to a victory, even though the home side isn't naive at all and they can be very threatening after losing the game in ten minutes after taking the lead in Genoa.