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Cagliari come up against away side Sampdoria at Unipol Domus in this Serie A tie on Sunday.
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Cagliari prepare for this game after a 1-1 Serie A tied result against Venezia.
In that game, Cagliari had 42% possession and 9 attempts at goal with 3 on target. The scorer for Cagliari was Keita Baldé (19'). At the other end, Venezia had 10 shots on goal with 4 on target. Gianluca Busio (92') was the scorer for Venezia.
Fixtures featuring Cagliari have tended to be absorbing ones recently with high scoring the rule rather than the exception. Over their past half dozen clashes, the sum of 20 goals have been recorded for both sides combined (at an average of 3.33 goals per game) with 6 of these belonging to Cagliari.
Looking at their past form shows that Cagliari:
- haven't been beaten in the league by Sampdoria in their previous 2 matches.
- are without a win at home for the past 6 league matches. Their fans aren't happy.
In their previous fixture, Sampdoria drew 3-3 in the Serie A tie with Udinese.
In that match, Sampdoria managed 55% possession and 13 shots on goal with 3 of them on target. For Sampdoria, the goalscorers were Fabio Quagliarella (48') and Antonio Candreva (69'). For their opponents, Udinese got 18 shots at goal with 7 of them on target. Roberto Pereyra (15'), Jens Stryger Larsen (24' Own goal), Beto (43') and Fernando Forestieri (82') scored for Udinese.
Demonstrating their partiality to action-packed encounters, goals have been seen as many as 22 times in the prior 6 games in which Sampdoria have played, yielding a mean average of 3.67 goals per meeting. Opposition teams have managed 12 of these goals. We will find out whether or not that trend will be sustained in this game.
Coming into this fixture, Sampdoria are winless against Cagliari when they've played them away from home in the last 11 league games. A very poor run of away results.
Head to head
An examination of their most recent head-to-head meetings going back to 24/02/2019 tells us that Cagliari have won 3 of these games & Sampdoria 2, with the tally of draws standing at 1.
20 goals were scored between them in these games, with 10 of them from Casteddu / Rossoblu and 10 netted by i Blucerchiati. That’s an average goals per game of 3.33.
The last league encounter between the two was Serie A match day 26 on 07/03/2021 when it ended Sampdoria 2-2 Cagliari.
On that day, Sampdoria managed 51% possession and 12 shots at goal with 5 on target. The scorers were Bartosz Bereszyński (78') and Manolo Gabbiadini (80').
Cagliari had 9 shots at goal with 4 of them on target. João Pedro (11') and Radja Nainggolan (96') scored.
The match was refereed by Piero Giacomelli.
Team News: Cagliari
Paolo Faragò (Hip Injury), Sebastian Walukiewicz (Bruise), Damir Ceter (Calf Injury), Riccardo Ladinetti (Heart Condition) and Marko Rog (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) won’t be able to feature for Cagliari manager Walter Mazzarri.
Team News: Sampdoria
Sampdoria manager Roberto D'Aversa has not got a full squad to pick from. Ronaldo Vieira (Biceps femoris muscle injury) and Mikkel Damsgaard (Thigh Problems) are not able to play.
It’s looking like Sampdoria and Cagliari could both end up scoring in a what should be a good tussle with little between the two teams.
It’s looking like it could well end up as a draw. We’re therefore seeing a tight encounter, finishing with a score draw at the end of this one.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Unipol Domus (16,416)
Captain: João Pedro
Chairman: Tommaso Giulini
Manager: Leonardo Semplici
Competitions: Serie A position 20, Coppa Italia (2nd Round)
🔑 Key Man: João Pedro
Typically used in the Central Attacking Midfielder position, João Pedro was born in Ipatinga, Brazil. Having made a first senior appearance for Atlético Mineiro in the 2010 season, the goalscoring Midfielder has hit 4 league goals in this Serie A 2021 - 2022 season so far from a total of 7 appearances.