Despite the different league positions, both SPAL and Cagliari will look for a morale-boosting win they meet at Stadio Paolo Mazza in the Serie A on Saturday.
SPAL Match Form
Amidst the coronavirus threat, a few games are getting postponed while the others are taking place and this is one such game. SPAL is currently rooted in 19th place, with 18 points from 26 games. They are only better than Brescia, who are 2 points behind but have a game in hand.
Safety looks relatively far with 17th-placed Genoa having 25 points at this moment. A manager change has hardly helped the cause with Luigi Di Biagio not faring much better than his predecessor Leonardo Semplici.
As things stand, SPAL will play in the Serie B next season, however, the 1-0 win at Parma in the previous game, thanks to a goal from Andrea Petagna, should provide a strong incentive for a final push.
Cagliari Match Form
Coming to their opponents, Cagliari started off the season really well, finding themselves in the UEFA Champions League spots. However, I Rossoblu have been unable to sustain that form and they have fallen to 11th place at the moment.
Walter Zenga took over Rolando Maran last week and will be looking to lift the side. They are currently 2 points behind Bologna while Napoli currently occupies the final European spot and are 7 points away.
Now, 7 points are definitely scalable provided Cagliari find form and Zenga will look forward to winning against a bottom-table club, especially after losing 3-4 to Roma, where Joao Pedro and Gaston Pereiro got onto the scoresheet.
Team News & H2H
In terms of team news, the hosts have no injury concerns except for Bryan Dabo and Federico Di Francesco. Meanwhile, Cagliari will miss Joao Pedro due to suspension while Paolo Farago and long-term absentee Leonardo Pavoletti are ruled out due to injures.
Looking at head-to-head, SPAL have won just 3 out of the 18 meetings between the sides. In fact, I Rossoblu are unbeaten in the last 6 clashes, scoring 15 and conceding just 4. Further, the visitors have won the reverse fixture as well this season and have scored 2+ goals in each of those 6 games.
Last Meetings & SPAL vs Cagliari Betting Tips
At home, SPAL do have a decent record nevertheless, losing just once in the last 5. The recent form also favours the home side a bit, having won their previous game despite losing the 5 games prior to that.
On the other hand, Cagliari are winless in their last 12 games across all competitions, a horrible run of form. Thus Zenga has a real task on his hands to lift his side and get a win in this one.
Looking at all the factors, Cagliari should have more than the hosts in the end and pick up a nervy 2-1 away win in the end.
SPAL Predicted XI: Berisha; Cionek, Vicari, Bonifazi, Reca; Valdifiori, Missiroli; Murgia, Valoti, Fares; Petagna
Cagliari Predicted XI: Olsen; Cacciatore, Pisacane, Klavan, Pellegrini; Ionita, Oliva, Rog; Nainggolan, Simeone; Paloschi