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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.

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Last Five Matches
Roma
May 18, 2014Genoa 1 - Roma 0ITA1
May 11, 2014Roma 0 - Juventus 1ITA1
May 4, 2014Catania 4 - Roma 1ITA1
Apr 25, 2014Roma 2 - AC Milan 0ITA1
Apr 19, 2014Fiorentina 0 - Roma 1ITA1
Cagliari
May 18, 2014Juventus 3 - Cagliari 0ITA1
May 11, 2014Cagliari 0 - Chievo 1ITA1
May 6, 2014SSC Napoli 3 - Cagliari 0ITA1
Apr 27, 2014Cagliari 1 - Parma 0ITA1
Apr 19, 2014Genoa 1 - Cagliari 2ITA1
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
1Maarten StekelenburgGoalkeeper
20José ÁngelDefender
20G. HeinzeDefender
-Nicolas BurdissoDefender
-Aleandro RosiMidfielder
20Simone PerrottaMidfielder
15Miralem PjanicMidfielder
16Daniele De RossiMidfielder
-Bojan KrkicStriker
10Francesco TottiStriker
17Pablo Daniel OsvaldoStriker
1Gianluca CurciGoalkeeper
-Marco CassettiDefender
-Fabio Henrique SimplicioMidfielder
11Rodrigo TaddeiMidfielder
5Fernando GagoMidfielder
22Marco BorrielloStriker
31Fabio BoriniStriker
-Michael AgazziGoalkeeper
33Alessandro AgostiniDefender
-Michele CaniniDefender
13Davide AstoriDefender
14Francesco PisanoDefender
23Radja NainggolanMidfielder
5Daniele ContiMidfielder
-Davide BiondiniMidfielder
7Andrea CossuMidfielder
18NenêStriker
-Thiago RibeiroStriker
25Vlada AvramovGoalkeeper
-Lorenzo AriaudoDefender
-Rui SampaioMidfielder
20Albin EkdalMidfielder
23Víctor IbarboStriker
-Moestafa El KabirStriker
24Gabriele PericoDefender
Players to Watch
Francesco Totti
Francesco Totti
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
26 8 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.
Andrea Cossu
Andrea Cossu
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
29 0 6 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.
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.
Editor's Prediction
Roma 3

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