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  • September 11, 2011
  • • 14:00
  • • Stadio Olimpico, Roma
  • Referee: G. Gava
  • • Attendance: 33000
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Serie A Preview: Roma - Cagliari

Serie A Preview: Roma - Cagliari

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Luis Enrique will make his Serie A debut on the touchline for the Eternal City outfit as his men prepare to lock horns with their Sardinian counterparts at the Stadio Olimpico


PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Roma (4-3-3): Stekelenburg; Cassetti, Burdisso, Heinze, Angel; Perrotta, De Rossi, Pjanic; Osvaldo, Totti, Bojan


Maarten Stekelenburg, Gabriel Heinze, Miralem Pjanic, Pablo Osvaldo and Bojan Krkic should all make their debuts for the capital city club on Sunday. Juan, Cicinho, David Pizarro and Erik Lamela are all sidelined with various bumps and bruises.

Cagliari (4-3-3): Agazzi; Pisano, Canini, Astori, Agostini; Biondini, Conti, Nainggolan; El Kabir, Nene, Cossu



Massimo Ficcadenti will have basically a full compliment of players to choose from as just Sebastian Eriksson is injured while Joaquin Larrivey is suspended.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Roma have not lost to Cagliari at home in 27 games.
  • Francesco Totti has 13 goals against Cagliari in his illustrious career.
  • The capital city club were awarded the most penalties in Serie A last season (13).
  • Roma failed to score in only five games last year.
  • Cagliari's last victory in the Eternal City came in 1968.
  • Andrea Cossu led the league in assists last season with 13.
  • Cagliari embarrassed Roma 5-1 in Sardinia last year.
  • The Islanders did not have a player sent off in the 2010-11 campaign.

Players to watch

F. Totti

Position: Attacker

Games: 5

  • 2
  • 3
  • 0
No Totti, no party. The club legend led the team in scoring after catching fire during the second half of last season and he will look to carry that momentum into the new campaign. Is a favourite to find the back of the net on Sunday.

A. Cossu

Position: Midfielder

Games: 6

  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
The pint-sized playmaker led Serie A in assists last season and played an integral role in the 5-1 win over Roma. He will look to conjure up a similar display in the Eternal City on Sunday.

Editor's Prediction

Roma have an excellent track record against Cagliari at the Olimpico and should take care of business in coach Luis Enrique's debut. Totti shines as the hosts cruise to a comfortable victory.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Roma

Cagliari

Wins
3
1
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

AS Roma ROM
AS Roma Roma
Draw
Cagliari Calcio CAG
Cagliari Calcio Cagliari
96%

Top 3 Predictions

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

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