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Cagliari vs Juventus Prediction & Match Preview



Cagliari vs Juventus Prediction & Match Preview

Buoyed by a come-from-behind win over Lazio, Juventus will be looking to melt Inter’s advantage in the Serie A standings when they take on Cagliari at Sardegna Arena. 

The Bianconeri are eyeing their third consecutive win in the Italian top flight, and we are positive that they will stick to their attacking style of play. 

Alvaro Morata should keep his place up front after impressing in the triumph over Lazio, but Dybala and Bentancur remain in the recovery room.

The Sardinians, on the other hand, head into the match with a severely-weakened squad. 

Both Lykogiannis and Pavoletti are sidelined through suspension, while Sottil and Rog remain out of contention with injuries. 

Cagliari face an uphill task in Sunday’s clash, and we do not believe that they are capable of shocking the title holders behind closed doors.

Cagliari vs Juventus Head-to-head

Teams Cagliari Juventus played so far 32 matches.
Cagliari won 3 direct matches. Juventus won 22 matches. 7 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.88 goals per Match.

Cagliari vs Juventus Prediction

Cagliari in actual season average scored 1.16 goals per match. In 12 (70.59%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 7 (41.18%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Juventus average scored 2.14 goals per match in season 2021. In 16 (94.12%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 9 (52.94%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

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Midfield mainstay Rodrigo Bentancur remains out of commission for Juventus, as he observes COVID-19 quarantine protocols following a positive test last week, while forward Paulo Dybala is not expected to make his return from injury until later this month.

Often impressive in his appearances as cover for various defensive absences, young centre-back Merih Demiral will miss in the region of three weeks with a thigh strain, so Matthijs de Ligt and Leonardo Bonucci could team up in the centre of Andrea Pirlo's defence. There is some speculation, however, that the Bianconeri boss will shift to a back three, with the versatile Danilo moving inside.

If they do play a variation of 3-5-2, then Juan Cuadrado and Federico Bernardeschi would be favourites to start at wing-back, with Weston McKennie coming into a midfield three.

The home side's Charalampos Lykogiannis and Leonardo Pavoletti are both unavailable this week due to suspensions for accumulating bookings, while Riccardo Sottil - returning from a thigh strain - defender Sebastian Walukiewicz and midfielder Marko Rog are all injury doubts.

Likely to continue with the 3-4-1-2 that has served his side so well in his first few games in charge, Cagliari coach Leonardo Semplici will most probably replace wing-back Lykogiannis and central striker Pavoletti with Gabriele Zappa and struggling striker Giovanni Simeone respectively.

On-loan Daniele Rugani is eligible, so is set to start in the centre of defence against his parent club.

Cagliari possible starting lineup:
Cragno; Ceppitelli, Godin, Rugani; Zappa, Marin, Nainggolan, Duncan, Nandez; Pedro, Simeone

Juventus possible starting lineup:
Szczesny; De Ligt, Bonucci, Danilo; Chiesa, Arthur, Rabiot, McKennie, Bernardeschi; Ronaldo, Morata