Cagliari will be looking to start 2021 on a positive note when they face Napoli at the Sardegna Arena on Sunday afternoon (2pm kick-off, UK time).
The Islanders last tasted success in Italy’s top division in November, subsequently enduring a seven-match winless streak, and they’ll be facing a Napoli side who are seeking to return to winning ways as well.
Where to watch Cagliari vs Napoli on TV:
- UK: Premier Sports 1
- US: ESPN+
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Scoreline prediction: Cagliari 1-2 Napoli
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Cagliari vs Napoli build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Cagliari head into this week’s game looking to end a seven-match winless streak in Serie A which, despite their predicament (15th and four points above the dropzone), only consists of three defeats. At home, they’ve been tough to break down having lost just one of their previous five outings; but after successive wins over Crotone (4-2) and Sampdoria (2-0), it’s been two points collected from six available, but that loss came at the hands of Inter (1-3).
Napoli, meanwhile, have seemingly hit a brick wall. A three-match winning streak has made way for two defeats and one draw leaving them nine points behind leaders AC Milan. On the road, Gennaro Gattuso is looking to break a two-match losing streak albeit those losses were against formidable opponents: 1-0 v Inter and 2-0 v Lazio.
- Cagliari (vs Roma): Cragno; Godín, Ceppitelli, Walukiewicz; Zappa, Nández, Rog, Marin, Lykogiannis; Pedro, Simeone.
- Napoli (vs Torino): Meret; Di Lorenzo, Manolas, Maksimovic, Hysaj; Demme, Bakayoko; Politano, Zielinski, Insigne; Petagna.
A number of players are missing for Cagliari due to injury. Diego Godin (muscle), Marko Rog (knee), Paolo Pancrazio Farago (thigh), Giuseppe Ciocci (shoulder) and Alessandro Tripaldelli (physical discomfort) cannot be called upon by Eusebio Di Francesco, while Zito Luvumbo is a doubt.
Diego Demme (back) and Dries Mertens (ankle) sit this game out for the visitors.
Players to watch:
Cagliari: Although they find themselves just three positions above the relegation zone, talks of demotion are premature and Cagliari must be quietly confident of turning it around, especially when there’s a regular goalscorer in the mist. João Pedro ended a four-match drought last time out, bringing his total for the campaign to eight strikes. His brace at Roma came in vein as they ran out 3-2 losers but now he’s rediscovered that scoring touch — more so facing a quality opposition — his confidence should be high when eyeing up Napoli’s defence.
Napoli: The pressure might be starting to get to Serie A’s perennial overachievers Napoli, who have been struggling in front of goal lately. Dries Mertens’ recent absence has played a big factor with the creative responsibilities now seemingly falling to Piotr Zielinski who is the club’s second leading assist-maker on three goals created. The 26-year-old Polish midfielder currently averages 1.8 chances created per 90 minutes, with that latest assist coming last time out against Torino, and he’ll need to be at his incisive best to break down Cagliari’s expected resolve.
Serie A 2020/21 recent form:
- Cagliari: LDDLD
- Napoli: DLLWW
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