The race for the Champions League hotting up as AS Roma host Cagliari in the crunch Serie A match at Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy, on Saturday night (IST).
What competition it is? Serie A
Teams: AS Roma and Cagliari
Kick Off: Saturday 26 April
Match Timing: 09:30 PM (IST)
Where the game is played? Stadio Olimpico (72,698)
TV Info: Ten Sports Network has the rights to stream Serie A matches in India. In addition, the matches can also be enjoyed on the official SonyLiv App.
A lot was expected from AS Roma this season. A lot actually because of the fight that the team showed last season, both in Serie A as well as in the Champions League.
So, they were the favorites, along with Napoli, to drag Juventus close in the title race. And considering what Giallorossi achieved in Europe last season, a deep run was expected from them in the Champions League.
Luck favored them as well when they avoided the big guns in the last-16, drawing FC Porto in the first round knockout stage.
But this has been their story so far. Too close yet too far. Despite winning the first leg, Porto knocked them out from the competition. Quite deservingly as well.
While in Serie A, they have hardly taken off, struggling for form and consistency all season. They have only themselves to blame for their current situation on the table, as they have thrown away a favorable looking situation too many times.
Don't look far. This fixture shows the epitome of Roma's incapacity. They led 0-2 in the reverse fixture at the home of their opponent. And 1-2 with just six minutes left in the match.
The hosts were reduced to nine men after receiving two sending off in the second half injury. Game over!. No, it was not.
Luca Ceppitelli was freed through and he didn't scupper, sending the ball into the far right corner to steal an improbable looking point.
However, it's not all doom and gloom for Roma as they sit only one point behind fourth-placed AC Milan.
While Cagliari are safe for the season having accumulated 40 points from 33 matches.
Recent form (Last six matches)
AS Roma – L L D W W D
Cagliari – W W L W D W
ROM vs CAG Dream11 TEAM NEWS: Injuries and Suspensions
AS Roma vs Cagliari Team News:
Injured – Club captain and legend Daniele De Rossi is out of this match, along with Rick Karsdorp and Davide Santon.
Suspended – Roma will be without two more players as Nicolo Zaniolo and Bryan Cristiane are suspended for the clash due to the accumulation of yellow cards.
Questionable – None.
Note: Claudio Ranieri is short on the option in the midfield and so could go with an attacking formation.
Key Players – El Shaarawy, Edin Dzeko
Injured – Lucas Castro and Ragnar Klavan will be missing the trip to the Italian capital.
Suspended – Paolo Farago misses out due to a suspension.
Questionable – None.
Key Players – Leonardo Pavoletti, Joao Pedro
ROM vs CAG Dream11 Playing 11 – (Probable) –
AS Roma– Mirante (GK), Kolarov, Fazio, Manolas, Florenzi, Under, Pellegrini, Nzonzi, Schick, Shaarawy, Edin Dzeko
Cagliari– Cragno (GK), Cacciatore, Pisacane, Ceppitelli, Pellegrini, Ionita, Cigarini, Barella, Pedro, Birsa, Pavoletti
ROM vs CAG Dream11 FANTASY TEAM:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
AS Roma are unbeaten in the last nine games against Cagliari while keeping four clean sheets in the last four home league games against the same opponents.
We back the hosts to win this match.
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