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  • February 1, 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Sant'Elia, Cagliari
  • Referee: A. Romeo
  • • Attendance: 9500
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Serie A Preview: Cagliari - Roma

Serie A Preview: Cagliari - Roma

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Davide Ballardini's men host the Giallorossi on Wednesday, with the visitors in red hot form following four victories from their last five league games


PROBABLE LINE-UPS


CAGLIARI



Agazzi
Pisano, Canini, Astori, Agostini
Ekdal, Nainggolan, Dessena
Cossu
Ibarbo, Larrivey


ROMA



Stekelenburg
Rosi, Juan, Heinze,
Taddei
Pjanic, Greco, Gago
Lamela, Totti, Borini




Cagliari will entertain the Giallorossi without the services of Lorenzo Ariaudo, with the former Juventus youth still nursing the back injury that has seen him miss the club's last two encounters, while long term casualties Sebastian Eriksson and Nene will also miss out.

Luis Enrique's Roma will go into Wednesday's clash without long-term absentees Dani Osvaldo and Nicolas Burdisso, with the pair still suffering from a muscle strain and a ligament problem respectively.

However, the capital club could be boosted by the potential return of Daniele De Rossi and Marco Cassetti, and although the duo are unlikely to start the match, they may well make an appearance from the bench.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Cagliari have won only one of their last seven league games.
  • The hosts have only managed to win two of their home games in Serie A this season.
  • Only Cesena have scored less goals than the Rossoblu this term.
  • Roma have won four of their last five league games.
  • However they have only managed to win one of their last three games in all competitions.
  • The Giallorossi have conceded the same amount of goals as the hosts have this season, yet remain eight places and eight points above the Rossoblu.

Players to watch

R. Nainggolan

Position: Midfielder

Games: 28

  • 9
  • 2
  • 0
The former Piacenza midfielder has been the standout performer for the Rossoblu this term, with his early-season exploits earning the interest of Juventus, and another top quality performance agaisnt one of Italy's elite will only intensify the interest in the Belgium international.

M. Pjanić

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
The Bosnia international continues to impress in the capital, with six assists so far this term, and after netting two goals in his last two league games he will be hoping to fire the visitors to another victory on Wednesday night.

Editor's Prediction

With the Giallorossi recording four victories in their last five league games, along with the host's poor run of form, a comfortable victory for the visitors seems the likely outcome.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Cagliari

Roma

Wins
0
1
4
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Cagliari Calcio CAG
Cagliari Calcio Cagliari
Draw
AS Roma ROM
AS Roma Roma
88%

Top 3 Predictions

Cagliari Calcio CAG
0 - 2
AS Roma ROM
Cagliari Calcio CAG
1 - 2
AS Roma ROM
Cagliari Calcio CAG
1 - 3
AS Roma ROM

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