Serie A Match Preview: Cagliari vs. Livorno

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Updated: February 13, 2014
Cagliari

Match Date: 16 February 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Stadio San Elia

 

Cagliari

Only a single match earned Cagliari a victory in their past eight fixtures, bagging a clean sheet against Fiorentina 1-0. Clubs like Juventus, Atalanta, Milan, and Sampdoria were all highly successful at slamming Rossoblu, causing them a nearly stagnant movement in the league table’s bottom half.

 

Diego López’s lads barely score a point when playing outside their own territory. This is clearly seen in their away record this season which saw them ship zero triumphs (of the 11 battles they had on the road, seven rendered them goalless). At home, however, the squad are more frequent at dominating their battles. In addition, they are very strong at shooting from direct free kicks.

 

Livorno

Livorno have only won once in all of their away matches this season, denoting serious problems when playing outside the comfort of their own grounds. By general measures, Domenico Di Carlo’s men are not necessarily bad in the pitch. They are good at attacking set pieces and in protecting the lead, but it cannot be denied they are also very poor at finishing scoring chances, defending against powerful attacks, and in keeping the ball in their possession.

 

In their most recent battle, Livorno were given plenty of chances to equalize Genoa’s opening score but blew them away after a couple of fine saves from goalkeeper Mattia Perin. The outcome is Genoa’s first triumph on the road since November and has boosted them with three points to rank 10th in the standings. Amaranto, meanwhile, are stuck at the relegation zone.

 

Sports betting tip: While they are only three spots ahead of Livorno, Rossoblu are seven points clear of their opponents. Past face-offs also indicate a much stronger Cagliari side. In this brawl, expect the hosts extend their winning streak at their visitors.

 

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