Cagliari will look to ward off Parma’s threat for the final European spot when they clash at the Sardegna Arena in the Serie A on Saturday.
Cagliari Match Form
I Rossoblu are having a spectacular season, especially considering they finished 15th last time around. With 31 points from 21 games, they are in 6th place, occupying the UEFA Europa League qualifiers spot.
Rolando Maran’s team are 7 points behind Atalanta, a gap that could be difficult to bridge before the end of the season. However, they lead traditional heavyweights such as AC Milan, Napoli and Fiorentina, a significant achievement in itself.
Considering their progress so far, Cagliari will be disappointed if they do not grab the final European spot. After holding title contenders Inter Milan to a 1-1 draw at the San Siro with a goal from Radja Nainggolan, I Rossoblu will look to get all 3 points on home soil.
Parma Match Form
Coming to their opponents, Parma are the other success story this season, along with Cagliari. After finishing 14th last season, I Crociati are sitting pretty in 7th place, level on points with the hosts.
They are tied on points with AC Milan with Verona 2 points behind and the trio of Napoli, Bologna and Torino a further 2 points behind. Thus, the chasing pack can be expected to perform better in the coming months but Roberto D’Aversa’s men will look to focus on taking that coveted European spot from Cagliari.
The visitors will definitely be high on confidence, especially after dispatching Udinese 2-0 in the previous game with goals from Riccardo Gagliolo and Dejan Kulusevski.
Team News & Last Meetings
In terms of team news, Fabio Pisacane is ruled out for the hosts due to suspension while the likes of Alberto Cerri, Marko Rog, Daniele Ragatzu, Luca Ceppitelli and Leonardo Pavoletti are all doubts for the game.
Meanwhile, for their opponents, there are fitness concerns over Alberto Grassi, Andrea Adorante, Antonino Barilla and Roberto Inglese. However, D’Aversa will be able to field a solid side to compete in this game.
Both teams have met just thrice so far, with Cagliari winning 2 to Parma’s solitary victory. However, all 3 games have witnessed 2+ goals. In terms of form, the visitors have won just 5 of their last 10 games across all competitions.
Cagliari vs Parma Betting Tips
However, Cagliari are faring much worse, winning none of their last 8 in all competitions. Further, they have conceded 19 goals in those games, scoring just 6.
Thus, the hosts are going through a slump in form and struggling to score goals. Parma are in relatively better form and this evens both teams out. Nevertheless, the visitors should have just enough to edge out a tight 1-0 and leapfrog their opponents after this game.
Cagliari Predicted XI: Cragno; Farago, Walukiewicz, Klavan; Nandez, Nainggolan, Oliva, Ionita, Pellegrini; Pedro, Simeone
Parma Predicted XI: Sepe; Darmian, Iacoponi, Alves, Gagliolo; Kucka, Scozzarella, Hernani; Kulusevski, Cornelius, Kurtic