Roma-Cagliari Betting Preview: Damaged pitch to yield few goals at the Stadio Olimpico

I Giallorossi's pitch took a battering during Saturday's Italian international rugby match, and Al Hain-Cole expects the poor conditions to restrict the quality of attacking play
Roma will be hoping to reclaim top spot in Serie A when they welcome Cagliari to the Stadio Olimpico on Monday.

Having opened the season with a record 10 consecutive league wins, Rudi Garcia’s men have dropped to second after drawing their last two matches, but are 4/9 (1.44) favourites with bet365 to move back above Juventus into first with victory this evening.

Not including last season’s forfeited home match, i Rossoblu have won each of the last three encounters between these sides, and are available at 6/1 (7.00) to pull off a shock win here.

Torino and Sassuolo have held the hosts to a draw in the last two fixtures, and you can get odds of 10/3 (4.33) on them being forced to settle for a single point once again tonight.

Garcia has bemoaned the “strange decision” to host the Italian rugby team’s match against Argentina at the Stadio Olimpico a mere two days before his side take to the field, understandably concerned over how the pitch will hold up after the recent wet conditions.

A boggy terrain is the last thing his team will need for their first game after an always tiring international break, during which the majority of the squad have been travelling all over the world to represent their national sides.

This may well play into the hands of Diego Lopez’s side, whose poor away record of no wins in the last 12 makes them unlikely to prove too ambitious when they visit the capital.

While they have found life hard-going on the road, 18 goals conceded in their last 13 away league fixtures shows that Cagliari are rarely embarrassed on their travels, and they will be optimistic of frustrating a home side who have scored just once in each of the past four matches.

With influential schemer Francesco Totti absent through injury, i Giallorossi will probably struggle to break down a defensive opposition side on a difficult pitch, and odds of 19/20 (1.95) are not to be missed on under 2.5 goals going in.

That bet would have paid out in each of Roma’s last five games, as well as for of their guests’ last five on the road.

Under 2.5 goals for a 1.5pt stake at 19/20 (1.95) with bet365

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Al Hain-Cole is an experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.