The Grifone went back to winning ways in midweek and will look for maximum points in Sardinia...
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.
Ragatzu, Pisano, Lazzari and Sivakov are out injured for the Sardinians.
Jankovic, Palacio, Sculli, Chico and Palladino are unavailable for the trip to Cagliari.