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The Serie A clash at Sardegna Arena on Sunday will see home side Cagliari welcome guests Atalanta.
Full predictions, stats & game poll for the Cagliari v Atalanta match are shown here (inc. the best betting odds).
Cagliari will play in this match following a 1-1 Serie A drawn result against Bologna.
In that game, Cagliari had 39% possession and 7 shots on goal with 4 on target. The only player to score for Cagliari was Giovanni Simeone (46'). On the other side, Bologna had 17 shots on goal with 4 on target. Musa Barrow (45') scored for Bologna.
Matches with Cagliari have often been exciting encounters recently with a lot of goalmouth action being a common characteristic. Over their past six clashes, the sum of 20 goals have been recorded for both sides combined (at an average of 3.33 goals per game) with 10 of these accredited to Casteddu / Rossoblu. We will have to see if that trend will end up being sustained in this game.
Atalanta come into this clash after a 2-0 Serie A win vs SSC Napoli in their last fixture.
In that match, Atalanta had 46% possession and 9 shots on goal with 3 of them on target. For Atalanta, the scorers were Mario Pašalić (47') and Robin Gosens (56'). At the other end, SSC Napoli had 14 shots at goal with 6 of them on target.
Showing their fondness for fruitful matches, goals have been scored 33 times in the last six games in which Atalanta have taken to the field, giving a mean average of 5.5 goals each meeting. Opposition teams have got 10 of those goals.
Coming into this fixture, Atalanta are unbeaten in their previous 5 league matches away from home.
Head to head
Inspecting their prior head-to-head clashes stretching back to 30/12/2017 tells us that Cagliari have won 4 of these games and Atalanta 2, with the number of draws standing at 0.
An aggregate of 10 goals were scored between them in these games, with 6 of them from Casteddu / Rossoblu and 4 netted by La Dea. The average goals per game has been 1.67.
The previous league game between the two was Serie A match day 11 on 03/11/2019 which finished with the scoreline of Atalanta 0-2 Cagliari.
That day, Atalanta had 57% possession and 19 shots at goal with 3 on target. Their only player to score was Mario Pašalić (32' Own goal).
On the other side, Cagliari got 13 attempts at goal with 5 of them on target. Christian Oliva (58') was the scorer.
The match was refereed by Rosario Abisso.
Team News: Cagliari
Gastón Pereiro (Muscle Fatigue), Fabio Pisacane (Fractured Rib), Ragnar Klavan (Muscle Fatigue), Christian Oliva (Distortion of the ankle), Paolo Faragò (Inguinal Hernia) and Leonardo Pavoletti (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) won’t be playing for Cagliari gaffer Walter Zenga.
We are thinking that Casteddu / Rossoblu will probably use a 3-5-2 system for this one, utilising Alessio Cragno, Paolo Pancrazio Farago, Andrea Carboni, Fabio Pisacane, Alessandro Lombardi, Marko Rog, Nahitán Nández, Radja Nainggolan, Federico Mattiello, Giovanni Pablo Simeone and João Pedro Geraldino.
Team News: Atalanta
Thanks to a fully healthy group to choose from, Atalanta manager Gian Gasperini does not have any fitness worries to speak of before this clash. Ruslan Malinovskyi is ineligible for this match because of suspension.
We’re of the thinking that La Dea seem most likely to play in a 3-5-2 system, settling for Pierluigi Gollini, Rafael Toloi, Mattia Caldara, Berat Djimsiti, Timothy Castagne, Remo Freuler, Mario Pasalic, Marten De Roon, Robin Gosens, Alejandro Dario Gomez and Duván Zapata.
We feel that Cagliari have the ability to put one past this Atalanta side, however a single goal probably shouldn’t be enough.
Our selection here is for a narrow 1-2 advantage for Atalanta at the end of the match. It will be interesting to see how this one goes.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Sardegna Arena (16,416)
Captain: Luca Ceppitelli
Chairman: Tommaso Giulini
Manager: Walter Zenga
Competitions: Serie A position 10
⭐ Star Man: João Pedro
Normally playing in the Central Attacking Midfielder position, João Pedro was born in Ipatinga, Brazil. Having made his senior debut playing for Atlético Mineiro in the 2010 season, the skilful Midfielder has netted 17 league goals in this Serie A 2019 - 2020 season to date in a total of 27 appearances.