Cagliari hosts Napoli in round 26 of Italian Serie A. The match will be played on Monday, February 21st at Sardegna Arena (Cagliari)
Cagliari is in the relegation zone, but it has suffered only one defeat in the last five matches in Serie A. In the last championship, the Sardinians miraculously escaped relegation by knocking out Parma in a head-to-head confrontation with two goals at the end of the game. Yes, the current Serie A draw follows a similar scenario, but Cagliari started getting out from the bottom of the standings a little earlier. The victorious game against Atalanta was the best match for the Islanders in the current season. Before that, the club from Sardinia defeated Sampdoria and Bologna and offered a decent resistance to Sassuolo in the Coppa Italia (0-1). Cagliari captain Joao Pedro scored ten goals and made four assists in 25 matches.
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The Neapolitans will part ways with their captain next summer. Insigne has already signed a contract with FC Toronto from the MLS. Still, the leaders of Napoli have united for reaching a common goal: they have good chances in the battle for the Scudetto. The team responded well to the defeat to Fiorentina in the Italian Cup (2-5), beating Bologna, Salernitana, and Venezia with a total score of 8-1. Yes, Napoli’s draw against Inter allowed AC Milan to bypass both competitors, but the distance between all these clubs is very little. In the 6th round, Napoli defeated Cagliari at home thanks to two accurate shots. In the 11th minute, Osimhen scored from the penalty spot, and Insigne converted the penalty in the second half. Cagliari delivered only one shot on target in that match.
The difference in class will play a key role in the upcoming confrontation. Yes, Napoli certainly lost a lot of strength in the match against Barcelona, but the Italian championship is a priority for Spalletti’s men. Cagliari players are in good shape, and the home stands will help them in the battle with the clear favorite. Still, the defensive mistakes of the Sardinians will give Napoli additional chances in the attack, which one of the leaders of Serie A will take advantage of. We recommend betting on the visitors’ victory.