Cagliari can distance themselves further clear of the relegation zone when they host Fiorentina in the Serie A match at Sardegna Arena, in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy, on Friday night (IST).
What competition it is? Serie A
Teams: Cagliari and Fiorentina
Kick Off: Saturday 16 March
Match Timing: 01:00 AM (IST)
Where the game is played? Sardegna Arena (16,233)
TV Info: Ten Sports Network has the rights to stream Serie A matches in India. While the premier members can also catch the action live on SonyLiv App.
As things stand in Serie A, six points separate the 14th placed Cagliari from the dreaded relegation zone. They have accumulated 27 points from 27 games, which is about the rate at which they racked up 39 points last season.
The Red and Blues are coming into this match on the back of a 2-0 loss against direct relegation rival Bologna. That was a six-pointer last weekend as a win for them would have all but secured their top-flight status. But failure to win that match has brought the fear of relegation much closer, and the players must pick themselves up for the final push towards the safety.
Most of Cagliari’s woes have come away from home. In fact, they have won just once on the road this season, losing a whopping 10 times in the 14 away matches. So the players and the managers must be glad to return to Sardegna Arena for their next game.
Fiorentina meanwhile are a long way away from achieving their target. At the moment, they are 10th on the table with 37 points from 27 matches. Qualification to Europe is the minimum target at Stadio Artemio Franchi, and by the look of the table, the Viola have failed drastically in that pursuit.
No wonder, club manager Stefano Pioli is feeling the heat, and the rumors of his potential sacking have been taking shape since the end of last year.
But the club owners have persisted with him, maybe for the reason that not much can be achieved this season. Or they still have faith in Poli.
There could be many reasons but the fact of the matter is that Fiorentina must improve if they are to improve their standing on the table.
Cagliari – L L W L W L
Fiorentina – D W D D L D
Cagliari vs Fiorentina Team News:
Injured – Former Liverpool center-back Ragnar Klavan and winger Lucas Castro are both out injured for the hosts.
Suspended – Defensive midfielder Filip Bradarić picked up his fifth yellow card against Bologna and he will be serving a ban here.
Questionable – Twenty-two-year-old striker Alberto Cerri missed the game against Bologna with an injury and he remains questionable.
Note: Luca Cigarini is expected to fill in for the suspended Filip Bradaric.
Key Players – Pavoletti, Joao Pedro
Injured – Playmaker Marko Pjaca has been ruled out for the visitors.
Suspended – Another player who won’t be involved in this match is midfielder Jordan Veretout. The 26-year-old picked up a yellow card in the last match.
Questionable – Winger Federico Chiesa and forward Luis Muriel are both carrying knocks and will be evaluated before the match.
Note: Christian Nørgaard is the most likely player replacing the suspended Veretout in the midfield. And if either of Luis Muriel or Federico Chiesa don’t recover from their respective knocks, Kevin Mirallas may start the match.
Key Players – Gerson, Chiesa, Muriel
Cagliari– Cragno (GK), Srna, Ceppitelli, Pisacane, Luca Pellegrini, Padoin, Cigarini, Ionita, Barella, Joao Pedro, Pavoletti
Fiorentina– Terracciano (GK), Ceccherini, Pezzella, Milenkovic, Biraghi, Norgaard, Fernandes, Benassi, Gerson, Muriel, Mirallas
Cagliari may be struggling for form, but they have fared better in home games. In fact, they have earned 78% of their points in home matches, suffering just two losses all season. Fiorentina, on the other hand, have won just 3 games on the road.
We back the hosts not to lose this match.
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