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  • February 27, 2011
  • • 14:00
  • • Stadio Sant'Elia, Cagliari
  • Referee: C. Russo
  • • Attendance: 8000
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Serie A Preview: Cagliari - Lazio

Serie A Preview: Cagliari - Lazio

The Aquile will hope to continue winning and rise up the table in the Italian top flight...


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Floating In Mid-Table

Cagliari continue to play the role of willing also-rans as the Sardinians remain neatly tucked in mid-table, out of the reach of the relegation monster and way behind the promises of European qualification.

Placed tenth in the Serie A standings with 35 points, Cagliari are 12 clear of the bottom-three and seven off a Europa League slot. With the teams above them stronger than them and those below them - especially those near the relegation zone - depressingly struggling for points, Cagliari’s season is as good as over.

However, the Isolani will still be looking to collect more points and give Europe a push. Cagliari have won seven times at home in the league this season and will be confident of forcing Lazio to the edge.

Lingering Scudetto Dreams

Lazio chiefs continue to insist that they are not playing for the Scudetto and that qualifying for Europe would be deemed a success. However, with the league’s top-two Milan and Napoli confronting each other on Monday, the former Italian champions will be looking to sneak in on them.

At the moment Edy Reja’s side are fourth in the Serie A table with 48 points, seven points off the pace. A victory over Cagliari in Sardinia on Sunday afternoon will see them trim the gap on leaders Milan to just four points, making their Scudetto chances more concrete.

Lazio are on a good run of form, having won their last two league encounters and yet to lose in five. The Biancocelesti’s last away fixture saw them win 2-0 in Brescia and they will be confident of getting at least a point in Cagliari.



TEAM NEWS

Cagliari

There are no injury or suspension worries for the Sardinians.

Lazio

Rocchi, Diakite, Mauri, Muslera and Brocchi are injured for the Aquile and will miss the trip to Sardinia.

Players to watch

R. Acquafresca

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Robert Acquafresca has scored four times in Serie A this season and the Italian striker will be hopeful of adding to his tally. Lazio's defence has exposed holes from time to time and the 23-year-old will aim to lead the Cagliari attackline with success against the Aquile.

Hernanes

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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Hernanes was on target against Bari last weekend in what proved to be the winning goal. The Brazilian playmaker has been off-form for much of 2011 but his goal last weekend will have certainly inflated his confidence. Against Cagliari in Sardinia he will be keen to step up a gear and inspire Lazio to victory.

Editor's Prediction

Cagliari have proved themselves to be strong at home and will be confident of winning against Lazio. However, the Roman side are in a good run of form and should muster a narrow away victory.


Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Cagliari

Lazio

Wins
1
0
4
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Cagliari Calcio CAG
Cagliari Calcio Cagliari
Draw
SS Lazio LAZ
SS Lazio Lazio
78%

Top 3 Predictions

Cagliari Calcio CAG
0 - 2
SS Lazio LAZ
Cagliari Calcio CAG
0 - 1
SS Lazio LAZ
Cagliari Calcio CAG
1 - 2
SS Lazio LAZ

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