Fiorentina vs Cagliari by DamirJ

Fiorentina is sharing the first position together with four other teams after they made an impressive 5:2 victory on the road against Genoa in the second round of Italian Serie A. First round saw them winning over Catania 2:1 at home as the visitors showed to be a bit more competitive than it was expected.

However, they improved the performance a lot next weekend when they visited Genoa going really strong into the game. They were 2:0 up already after fourteen minutes, adding one more till the end of the first halftime. Second halftime was more open from both sides, as each of them scored two goals while Viola made earned three points with two goals from Rossi and Gomez, while Aquilani scored one. The team have shown great productivity in first two rounds, but have spoiled their image with a home defeat against Grasshoppers in the returning leg for Europa League play-offs, however thanks to away goal rule the team progressed to the next stage. Viola seems to be in good form, but will have to take their opponents very seriously as they will miss central defender Ahmed Hegazy due injury for next six months, while attack should be will be led by Gomez and Rossi, duo that scored five goals in first two rounds. Left defender/midfielder Pasqual is doubtful for the game.

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Cagliari made a right step into new season with a 2:1 victory over Atalanta at home, but were unable to resist against much more superior AC Milan away from home two weeks ago when they were defeated with a 3:1 result. Without complicating too much, Milan took the lead with a goal from Robinho already after eight minutes, while Mexes brought them into 2:0 lead in 30th minute. Visitors from Cagliari replied three minutes later as Sau wrote 2:1, but Balotelli sealed the victory for Milan with their third goal in 62nd minute.

With a victory and a defeat, their season has started as expected, but could have been better as the team got already excluded from the Cup competition with a defeat against Frosinone in front of their own fans. They brought only couple of players this Summer and no doubt that their coach Diego Lopez won't have easy job keeping his side away from the relegation trouble. Return of Davide Astori should improve their backline as he missed first two rounds, while the guests will be without right back Francesco Pisano who injured and still didn't participate. Newly signed winger Agim Ibraimi from Maribor is not expected to make a debut today.

Fiorentina have won 10 of their last 11 home matches against Cagliari.
Fiorentina have been winning at both half time and full time in their last five matches in Serie A.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Fiorentina's last three games in Serie A.

Similar to 4:1 victory for Viola last season, we should expect another home victory. Their attack works just fine and should have no problem overpowering poor travelers as Cagliari is. However, Cagliari found a way to score in first two matches and we should expect more of the same from them too, while Viola should surely score at least two or more goals.

Bet: Over 2.5 goals @ 1.73 with Pinnacle Sports
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