Cagliari vs Sampdoria
2016/17 Italian Serie A.
Date: Monday, 26th September 2016
Kick-Off: 20:00 UK,
Venue: Stadio Comunale Sant’Elia (Cagliari).
The newly promoted Cagliari were brushed aside by defending Champions Juventus with 4 unanswered goals in the mid-week fixture. The Rossoblu only got their first win of the season a week ago when they defeated Atalanta 3-0 at home. And are currently close to the relegation zone with 4 points from their 5 matches so far. At home they are undefeated in their 2 matches. Before defeating Atalanta convincingly they have held AS Roma to a 2-2 draw with two late goals. So their head-coach Massimo Rastelli will be expecting another strong display on Monday night. Moreover, their home results will be a key factor in helping them survive in Serie A this season.
Sampdoria fell to their third consecutive defeat in Serie A as they lost to Bologna away from home by a 2-0 margin on Wednesday. The Blucerchiati started their season with back-to-back wins, against Empoli away from home and Atalanta at home. However, Marco Giampaolo will be under little pressure as two of the three defeats were against strong sides – AC Milan and AS Roma.
Cagliari vs Sampdoria: Head-to-Head Stats
Cagliari can boast of a strong head-to-head record at home against Sampdoria. They are undefeated in the last 7 matches with 4 wins and 3 draws. Their last defeat at home against Sampdoria was on the 2007/2008 season, which remains their only defeat in 15 matches.
The last two meetings between these two sides at the Sant’Elia were draws. Also 3 of the last 4 home matches of Cagliari against Sampdoria were draws.
Sampdoria haven’t lost in the last 4 matches against Cagliari at home or away, with 2 home wins and 2 away draws.
Cagliari vs Sampdoria: Prediction
Neither of the teams can be considered in particularly good or bad form and as a result this is a tough match to call. While Cagliari’s 7 match unbeaten run at home against Sampdoria surely give them plenty of confidence going into this match. Also they are unbeaten in 2 home matches this season, one of which is a 2-2 draw against a strong AS Roma.
Sampdoria are on a three match losing streak in Serie A. Also their away record is not that great. From the beginning of last season they managed just 3 wins in 22 matches till today. So it is a good option to back Cagliari to come out with something from this match.
Cagliari vs Sampdoria: Bet Tips
Double Chance – Cagliari/Draw at 1.35 (1/3)
Over 2.5 goals at 2.00 (1/1).
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