CAG vs SAM Dream11: This is a crunch game for both the teams. Cagliari are flying high in the league and could rise up to fourth on the points table with a win in this game, while Sampdoria can haul themselves five points clear of the relegation zone if they pick all three points from this game.
Who will win Today Match?
When Cagliari opened the season with two straight defeats, including the 0-1 result at home to newly-promoted Brescia, nobody was really surprised. Totally in line with the relegation scrimmage, they were expected to indulge themselves in, as has been the case in recent seasons. But those two defeats remain the only game where they failed to pick up at least a point. Now on an 11-game unbeaten run and on the verge of breaking into the top-four. Their stay would definitely be a transient bout on these lofty perches, and with the big boys, but there's no denying that Cagliari have exceeded the expectations by some wild stretch.
Sampdoria are heading to South this season. A lot was expected from them after a phenomenal 2018-19 season of their own. But the harsh reality is dawning on them, as they find themselves down at 17th and only two points off the bottom three.
Cagliari at home this season: (5th best)
Goals for: 15
Goals against: 09
Sampdoria on the road this season: (3rd worst)
Goals for: 04
Goals against: 12
Competition: Serie A
Match Venue: Sardegna Arena
Match Timing: Tuesday, December 03, @01:15 AM
Cagliari: Drew 2-2 at Lecce. Prior to that result, Cagliari were on a three-game winning run, which included a 5-2 hammering of Fiorentina.
Sampdoria: Won 2-1 at home against Udinese, extending the unbeaten run to four games in the league.
Cagliari to win: 2.16 (29/25), Probability to happen: 46.30%
Sampdoria to win: 3.72 (68/25), Probability to happen: 26.88%
Draw: 3.44 (61/5), Probability to happen: 29.07%
Cagliari: Fabio Pisacane, Luca Cigarini, Radja Nainggolan, Joao Pedro
Sampdoria: Manolo Gabbiadini, Morten Thorsby, Albin Ekdal, Gaston Ramirez
Joao Pedro: 7 goals
Giovanni Simeone: 3 goals
Radja Nainggolan: 2 goals
Manolo Gabbiadini: 3 goals
Gaston Ramirez: 2 goals
Fabio Quagliarella: 1 goal
Cagliari team news: The list is as long as you could imagine and so Cagliari's good form is all more impressive.
Alessio Cragno, Leonardo Pavoletti, Luca Ceppitelli, Valter Birsa and Paolo Farago all miss out for the home team due to injuries. In addition, Cagliari are without first-choice goalkeeper Robin Olsen and right-back Fabrizio Cacciatore following red-card to each of them last weekend.
Rafael will start in goal for the hosts, while Federico Mattiello will come at right-back for Olsen and Cacciatore respectively.
Sampdoria team news: Sampdoria also have their own big issues as key first-team players remain out due to injuries. Emiliano Bonazzoli, Edgar Barreto, Bartosz Bereszynski, Fabio Depaoli, and Andrea Bertolacci will miss the game for the visitors.
Cagliari: Rafael (GK), Luca Pellegrini, Ragnar Klavan, Fabio Pisacane, Federico Mattiello, Marko Rog, Luca Cigarini, Nahitan Nandez, Radja Nainggolan, Giovanni, Joao Pedro
Sampdoria: Emil Audero (GK), Morten Thorsby, Alex Ferrari, Omar Colley, Nicola Murru, Gaston Ramirez, Albin Ekdal, Karol Linetty, Jakub Jankto, Manolo Gabbiadini, Fabio Quagliarella
Defenders: Klavan, Pisacne, Mattiello, Klavan
Midfielders: Nainggolan, Thorsby, Ekdal, Linetty
Attackers: J Pedro (C), G Simeone (VC)
Cagliari are almost flawless in the last two or three months, and boast the 5th best home record in the league, while Sampdoria are the 3rd worst team while on the road. A home win looks the most likely event here.