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  • November 14, 2010
  • • 14:00
  • • Stadio Sant'Elia, Cagliari
  • Referee: A. Romeo
  • • Attendance: 10000
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Serie A Preview: Cagliari - Genoa

Serie A Preview: Cagliari - Genoa

The Grifone went back to winning ways in midweek and will look for maximum points in Sardinia...

Relegation Beckons

Cagliari are 15th in the Serie A standings but that means little given that the Sardinians are level on points with third-from-bottom Brescia. With 11 points from as many games, the Isolani are in danger of getting sucked into the relegation zone.

In midweek Cagliari went down 1-0 at home to Napoli. They would have gained a point but for Ezequiel Lavezzi’s injury time winner. The draw means that Pierpaolo Bisoli’s side have won just once in their last nine league fixtures.

Cagliari, though, have a decent home form as both their wins in the league so far this term have come at the Stadio Sant'Elia. Which means that they will remain optimistic for their match against Genoa.

New Coach, Winning Start

As it often happens with sides who have just changed their coaches, Genoa won their first game under Davide Ballardini in midweek when they edged past Bologna 1-0 at home. The win sees Genoa move to 14 points, just four behind sixth-placed Roma.

The Grifone will now hope that the victory in midweek becomes their launchpad for greater things under the former Lazio tacticians. Genoa have a very good squad but they have struggled with injuries.

However, Ballardini will have to fix Genoa’s away record. The Rossoblu have won just once in five matches on the road in the league this term and for a side that aim to finish in a European place, this is simply not good enough.


TEAM NEWS

Cagliari

Ragatzu, Pisano, Lazzari and Sivakov are out injured for the Sardinians.

Genoa

Jankovic, Palacio, Sculli, Chico and Palladino are unavailable for the trip to Cagliari.

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Players to watch

A. Cossu

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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Cossu will be important for Cagliari as he will play just behind the two strikers. Cossu’s creativity will be important for the home side crafting chances and picking up holes in the Genoa’s backline.

O. Milanetto

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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Milanetto scored the only goal of the game against Bologna in midweek and he will be looking to do the same again. Milanetto will be deployed as the central defensive midfielder and he would be pushing forward on occasions.

Editor's Prediction

It will be interesting to see if Genoa can win back-to-back matches after winning in midweek. Cagliari will give them a hard run but may eventually succumb.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Cagliari

Genoa

Wins
2
1
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Cagliari Calcio CAG
Cagliari Calcio Cagliari
Draw
Genoa CFC GEN
Genoa CFC Genoa
31%
48%
21%

Top 3 Predictions

Cagliari Calcio CAG
1 - 1
Genoa CFC GEN
Cagliari Calcio CAG
1 - 0
Genoa CFC GEN
Cagliari Calcio CAG
1 - 2
Genoa CFC GEN

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