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  • January 9, 2011
  • • 14:00
  • • Stadio Ennio Tardini, Parma
  • Referee: R. Candussio
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Serie A Preview: Parma - Cagliari

Serie A Preview: Parma - Cagliari

The home side will be confident of further stretching out of the reaches of the relegation zone...

Maintaining The Momentum

Parma have been preparing for their encounter against Juventus on Thursday since the morning of the new year. Against a Juve side unbeaten in 18 competitive matches, the Ducale club performed admirably and didn't just beat them, but beat them black and blue, winning 4-1 in Turin to turn Juve's morale upside down.

The victory lifted Pasquale Marino's side to 11th in the Serie A standings with 22 points from 18 matches, a healthy seven points above the relegation zone. It was Parma's second win on the road in the league this season and one that could turned their season around.

Parma have an encouraging home form too as they have lost one of the nine matches but Marino warns, "We must stay focused. We have a lot of work to do to defend our Serie A status. We are on the right path but there are many battles left to play and we must be humble.''

Staying Positive

Cagliari could have garnered an encouraging point against Milan on Thursday as they were on course to holding the Scudetto favourites to a goalless draw but succumbed to a late goal. The result meant that the Sardinians drop to 16th in the league standings with 20 points from 18 matches, five points above the relegation zone.

Cagliari will go into today's encounter two points behind Parma and will know that three points today would ease pressure on them as far as getting dragged into the relegation quagmire is concerned.

However, Roberto Donadoni's side have a dismal away form in the championship as they have won just once on the road.



TEAM NEWS

Parma

Marques is injured and will sit out the match against Cagliari.

Cagliari

Lazzari is injured for the Sardinians.

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Last Five Matches
Parma
Aug 31, 2014Cesena 1 - Parma 0ITA1
May 18, 2014Parma 2 - Livorno 0ITA1
May 11, 2014Torino 1 - Parma 1ITA1
May 4, 2014Parma 2 - Sampdoria 0ITA1
Apr 27, 2014Cagliari 1 - Parma 0ITA1
Cagliari
Aug 31, 2014Sassuolo 1 - Cagliari 1ITA1
Aug 23, 2014Cagliari 2 - Catania 0ITAC
May 18, 2014Juventus 3 - Cagliari 0ITA1
May 11, 2014Cagliari 0 - Chievo 1ITA1
May 6, 2014SSC Napoli 3 - Cagliari 0ITA1
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
-Michael AgazziGoalkeeper
14Francesco PisanoDefender
-Michele CaniniDefender
-Davide AstoriDefender
33Alessandro AgostiniDefender
-Davide BiondiniMidfielder
5Daniele ContiMidfielder
23Radja NainggolanMidfielder
7Andrea CossuMidfielder
12Robert AcquafrescaStriker
-NenêStriker
-Ivan PelizzoliGoalkeeper
-Lorenzo AriaudoDefender
-Mikhail SivakovMidfielder
-Daniele RagatzuStriker
32Alessandro MatriStriker
-Gabriele PericoDefender
4Simon LanerMidfielder
Players to Watch
Sebastian Giovinco
Sebastian Giovinco
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 12
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Giovinco was brilliant against Juventus on Thursday as he scored two goals and seems to be back on song. The 23-year-old has talent but has often failed to express his artistry. Against Cagliari with the fans behind him, Giovinco could once again weave his sorcery.
Robert Acquafresca
Robert Acquafresca
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 12
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Acquafresca will start against Parma and he will be intent on making a point. Cagliari have struggled for goals in away matches and Acquafresca will have to bear the responsibility to alter that.
Prediction
Having hammered Juventus 4-1 on Thursday, Parma will be expected to craft another win today. Cagliari will not be easy pushovers but the hosts should eventually garner maximum points.

Editor's Prediction
Parma 2

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