Parma vs Cagliari
Italian Serie A.
Date: Saturday 22 September 2018
Kick-Off: 14:00 UK,
Venue: Stadio Ennio Tardini (Parma).
After earning a historic win against Inter, Parma will hope to use that as a launching board as they prepare to host Cagliari on Saturday.
Although the win was not without its share of controversy, that will not matter to Crociati fans, who saw their side earn a first ever victory over the Nerazzurri at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in the 21st century. Federico Dimarco’s effort was enough to make the difference, but the question becomes as to whether they can take advantage of Cagliari’s general poor away form and start to put some distance between themselves and the teams sitting in the drop zone.
The last time Parma managed to beat Inter on home turf was back in 1999, and that result has helped lift the team out of the bottom three – at least for now. However, they will be facing a side who will be feeling increasingly confident after picking up four points against two teams who finished in the top half of the table.
Despite their tendency to struggle on the road, Cagliari, who are now under the tutelage of Rolando Maran earned a 1-0 win over Atalanta and now come into this game having drawn AC Milan at the Sardegna Arena. Their surprise away win has helped boost their standing in the table and they are going to be facing a team who will be brimming with confidence after a very impressive away result last weekend.
All in all, Parma have produced some solid home results thus far. Although they should have beaten Udinese in their first home match, one can certainly note it was their first-ever top flight game in several seasons, and there were some nerves on display. Losing 2-1 to Juventus is certainly nothing to be ashamed of, and the reigning Scudetto champions did have to work hard to earn that result after Gervino equalized, so the Crociati are clearly showing that they are not here this season just to make up the numbers.
Parma vs Cagliari: Head-to-head statistics
- Parma have won three of their last five fixtures at home against Cagliari
- Overall Parma’s record at home vs Cagliari is W12 D5 L2
Parma vs Cagliari: Prediction
Both Parma and Cagliari picked up solid results last round, but Parma’s was even more impressive as it was on the road against a team who are built to compete for a top four spot.
Cagliari’s recent showings under Maran can’t be discounted though, and as they did pick up a gritty win against Atalanta recently they could manage to frustrate their hosts to earn at least a point here. They have shown steady improvement since losing to Empoli on MD 1.
Parma vs Cagliari: Betting tips
Under 2.5 goals at 8/11 (1.73)
Double chance – Draw or Cagliari at 3/5 (1.61).