Cagliari vs Napoli, Italy – Serie A
Date: Sunday, 16 February 2020
Kick-off at 17:00 UK / 18:00 CET
Venue: Sardegna Arena (Cagliari)
The Azurri will be aiming to bounce back from Lecce defeat when they take on Nainggolan-less Cagliari, winless in nine league matches.
Cagliari vs Napoli: Head-to-head (h2h)
- Overall Stats (37 games): Cagliari 6 Wins, Napoli 17 Wins, 14 Draws.
- Cagliari have 3-7-8 home record against The Azzurri.
- Napoli have won seven of the last eight head-to-head encounters.
- The Southern outfit are riding a nine-game unbeaten run at this venue.
- Ronaldo Maran’s troops beat Napoli 1-0 back in September.
Cagliari vs Napoli: Match Preview
Cagliari come into this match on the back of a 0-1 defeat at the hands of relegation-threatened Genoa at the Luigi Ferraris, adding yet another game to their winless run which stretches back to December 2nd.
With three wins and three losses, Il Sardi’s are eighteenth in the six-game form table and eight overall, thanks to their historic 13-game unbeaten streak earlier in the season. They’re set to host an underachieving Napoli side this weekend.
The Sardinians have recorded five wins, two draws and four defeats at Sardegna Arena, netting two goals per match on average whilst shipping 1.64. They have earned seven points from their last five home games (2W, 1D, 2L).
The Azzurri’s three game winning run across competitions came to an abrupt end as they suffered a 2-3 home defeat to Lecce, but they made their amends in the midweek by beating Inter Milan 1-0 at Giuseppe Meazza in the first leg of the Coppa Italia semi-finals.
They will be hoping to transfer their Cup form to the league and work their way up in the standings, as they’re sitting at eleventh position, four points off of the Europa League spot and twelve points behind Champions League chasers, Atalanta.
Rino Gattuso’s men have posted four wins, three draws and three losses away from Stadio San Paolo, averaging 1.91 goals scored per game while allowing 1.55 in return. Napoli have won two of their last three away fixtures.
Cagliari vs Napoli: Team News and Probable Lineups:
Pavoletti (1 game – 0 goals) is out for the season; Cacciatore (12/0) and Farago (12/1) will be evaluated. Radja Nainggolan (20/5) is suspended on yellow card accumulation.
Cagliari (4-3-1-2): Cragno – Pisacane, Walukiewicz, Klavan, Pellegrini – Nandez, Cigarini, Ionita – Pereiro – Joao Pedro, Simeone
Malcuit (3/0) remains out for the visitors; Younes (6/0) and Lozano (16/2) are questionable for the trip.
Napoli (4-3-3): Ospina – Di Lorenzo, Maksimovic, Manolas, Mario Rui – Allan, Demme, Zielinski – Callejon, Milik, Elmas
Cagliari vs Napoli: Prediction
The hosts will struggle without their key player, Radja Nainggolan. He’s a core piece of this squad, heartbeat of this team. With him on the sidelines, I won’t even contemplate the idea of backing Cagliari.
Instead, I will pick Napoli to net two or more here. The Sardinians have conceded at least two goals in ten of their last twelve league matches.
With Cholo Jr. (22/6) and Joao Pedro (23/14) up front, Cagliari can get on the scoreeshet here, and with a 1-2 scoreline hunch, I will take over 2.5 goals as well.
Cagliari vs Napoli: Betting Tips
- Napoli To Score Over 1.5 Goals @1.72
- Over 2.5 Goals @1.66