Fiorentina vs Cagliari
Italian Serie A.
Date: Sunday 21 October 2018
Kick-Off: 17:00 UK,
Venue: Stadio Artemio Franchi (Florence).
Fiorentina’s European ambitions took a knock as they lost 1-0 to Lazio before the international break, but the Viola overall have been very solid this season.
Stefano Pioli’s side are not competing in any European football and so can focus solely on trying to secure a spot in the Europa League this term.
However, given their strong home record, they can take some respite as Cagliari have had their own problems in their travels.
Fiorentina also have not impressed on the road. All of their wins so far have happened at home, where they have a perfect four wins from four, thus picking up 12 points.
On the road, by contrast, they have picked up just one point, whilst losing three times. But now, they are back at their home stadium and surely will be feeling confident ahead of this encounter as they aim to close the gap on the European spots.
In fact, Cagliari have actually done better on the road than Fiorentina as they have won one game and earned three points, but have scored just one goal in their travels, and come into this game sitting in 13th spot.
On paper, that does not seem too bad, but a loss here could see them sliding further back down the table as things are pretty congested towards the bottom half of the pack.
Cagliari’s sole away win was a narrow 1-0 result against Atalanta last month but it’s hard to see them pulling off that same kind of result against Fiorentina.
For starters, La Dea have been awful all season. The same can’t be said about the Viola, who have been largely solid especially when it comes to playing in front of their home fans, where they recorded comfortable wins against Chievo (6-1), SPAL (3-0), and Atalanta (2-0).
Although their win over Udinese was not a glamorous affair and rather ended up as a gritty 1-0 result, it was still three points and preserved their 100% winning record, and it’s hard to see anything but a win for the hosts here.
Fiorentina vs Cagliari: Head-to-head statistics
- Fiorentina have kept a clean sheet in their last 3 home matches
- Fiorentina have won their last 4 home matches
- Fiorentina have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 3 matches against Cagliari in all competitions
- Fiorentina’s home record vs Cagliari: W12 D2 L2
- Cagliari have lost three of their last four meetings with Fiorentina
- But they have won two of their last three at the Artemio Franchi
Fiorentina vs Cagliari: Prediction
Cagliari have been not great in their travels and relegation has been a constant source of concern for the Sardinians for the past couple of seasons.
Although Cagliari have managed to win two of the last three here at the Artemio Franchi, Fiorentina have been in better form this season and should be able to come out on top here – even if the visitors grab a goal.
Fiorentina vs Cagliari: Betting tips
- BTTS – YES at 1.95 (10/11)
- Fiorentina – WIN at 1.55 (6/11)
- Over 2.5 goals at 1.90 (9/10).