Both sides are engaged in a race of their own as none has secured their place yet. Il Partenopei managed to lift themselves off to the third but still collecting the same points as Juventus and Milan. They are aiming for Champions League slot after missing it this season. Meanwhile, Cagliari is on the 17th in the standings with sharing the same points with Torino above them and Benevento below them. Joao Pedro and Co are still in a race for safety. The meeting of Napoli and Cagliari certainly could display its own intensity in the game considering there is a lot at stake here.
The teams’ previous matches
Napoli managed to thump Torino 2-0 in the away fixture. Tiemoue Bakayoko’s long range shot and Victor Oshimhen’s goal were the difference in the match. It was their 21st victory of the season.
Their counterpart, Cagliari, even secured another stunning win over Roma 3-2. Leonardo Semplici’s side opened the scoring through Lynkogiannis’s striker but then Carles Perez equalised. At the second half, Ravzan Marin put them back in front and Joao Pedro’s header doubled their lead before Federico Fazio bagged a consolation goal to close the gap on the score sheet.
Gennaro Gattuso has been in favour of 4-2-3-1 formation. Victor Osimhen or Hiving Lozano will get a nod as the frontman supported by Matteo Politano and Lorenzo Insigne on both wings and Pietro Zielenski behind him. There are only two names on their injury table such as Davd Ospinna and Faiz Ghoulam.
Meanwhile, Leonardo Semplici could deploy the 3-4-1-2 formation with Leonardo Pavoletti and Giovanni Simeone will be the twin forwards supported by Joao Pedro. Unfortunately, some key men have to be sidelined such as the goalie, Alessio Cragno, Gaston Perreiro, Marko Rog and Ricardo Sottil.
Players to watch
El Capitano Lorenzo Insigne is still the club’s top scorer and performer. He has notched up seventeen goals and provided five assists. Several other key men to watch here are the wing back Giovanni de Lorenzo with two goals and five assists, Piotr Zielinski with six goals and eight assists plus Fabian Ruiz.
The skipper Joao Pedro has been Cagliari’s vital figure so far. The 29-year old Brasilian frontman has bagged fifteen goals and provided three assists. Some other important names in the squad are Diego Godin, the Romanian international Ravzan Marin who has scored three goals and five assists plus the wingback Charalampos Lynkogiannis contributing three goals and two assists.
Napoli vs Cagliari Prediction
Gatusso’s men might be playing at home but they need to be careful with Cagliari’s motivating side to avoid being relegated to Serie B. Udinese and Roma have experienced the visitor’s potential to deny their prospective points. Napoli can still come out as a winner in the end, though with difficulty.
The home side might be the favourite but the game itself will surely be intense and tight. Lorenzo Insigne and Co’s odds to win at 2/5, whereas Cagliari is backed to win at 43/5. The odds for the draw result are at the value of 77/19.