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Cagliari vs AS Roma Prediction & Betting tips
AS Roma needs a few more points to qualify for the Champions League again. The Romans won midweek Liverpool, but that turned out not to be enough for a place in the final. The match against Cagliari offers AS Roma the opportunity to strike back.
Cagliari is actually in the low middle of the season all the way, and that is how the islanders thought they would be able to secure a Serie A ticket for next season without much pressure. However, the teams that compete against relegation have gained the necessary points in recent weeks and Cagliari has now also become one of the teams for which relegation to the Serie B is still an option. The team of coach Diego Lopez dropped to sixteenth place last week and now faces a small gap of two points with the dreaded line. A new misstep could therefore easily result in a place near the bottom three.
Cagliari is not very good about her shape. Of the last twelve matches in the competition, only two were won and that is why it is no surprise that the Sardinia club is now in heavy weather. Last week, there was a reasonable chance of losing 4-1 when visiting Sampdoria. Before the break the hosts had already put a 3-0 score on the plate and after the tea the victory for the team from Genoa was no longer in danger.
Cagliari will now start as the ultimate underdog to the game against AS Roma. In addition, Lopez will have to work hard to come to his best position. Luca Cigarini is due to his red card last week suspended and that also applies to Leandro Castan, who collected his fifth yellow card of the season against Sampdoria. Furthermore, the injury list is relatively long and therefore Cagliari will appear weakened at the kickoff.
AS Roma needed a second escape to reach the final of the Champions League. The team of trainer Eusebio di Francesco went to Liverpool with a 5-2 score and thus the Romans faced an almost impossible task. Against FC Barcelona this succeeded earlier, but Liverpool did not succeed. The formation of Di Francesco did come twisted close to a miracle because after 90 minutes of football in Rome there was a 4-2 final score on the board. Radja Nainggolan managed to score twice more in the match, but that turned out not to be enough for a ticket to the final.
Everything runs pretty smoothly in the competition. AS Roma is third on the basis of a better target match than fellow townsman Lazio and seems to be setting up for the Champions League. The gap with number five Internazionale last week rose to four points. AS Roma last week concluded quite easily with Chievo Verona. Within 67 minutes there was a decisive 4-o score on the board and as a result the late goal of the visitors did not influence the result anymore.
Incidentally, Juan Jesus was sent with a direct red card from the field and therefore he can not take action against Cagliari because of a suspension. For Kevin Strootman the game also comes too early. The Dutch midfielder had to leave the match against Liverpool because of an injury.
Cagliari vs AS Roma head to head matches
16.12.17 SA AS Roma Cagliari 1 : 0
22.01.17 SA AS Roma Cagliari 1 : 0
28.08.16 SA Cagliari AS Roma 2 : 2
08.02.15 SA Cagliari AS Roma 1 : 2
21.09.14 SA AS Roma Cagliari 2 : 0