Match Preview: Cagliari v Napoli

Team Form(Last 5 Matches):

Napoli:

WWLWW

Cagliari:

LDWLD

Previous Meeting(s):

In the previous meeting this season at the San Paolo, Napoli handily beat their Sardinian counterparts. A 3-nil scoreline was the final, with goals coming from Hamsik, Mertens, and Koulibaly.  Hamsik’s goal in particular was an absolute beauty:

In recent history, Napoli has gotten the better of Cagliari, winning their last 4 meetings, toa  combined scoreline of 14-1. Looking a bit further, back to 2009, Napoli has only lost to the Sardinian’s once in their last 16 meetings(10W, 5D, 1L) with a combined scoreling of 34-15.

Match Preview

Napoli come off of a pretty positive week, beating SPAL last weekend, and a very strong performance mid-week against RB Leipzig, that saw the Neapolitans out of the Europa League on the away goals rule.  In Serie A, Napoli are currently on a record 9 game winning streak, and even with history considered, it won’t be an easy task against Cagliari.

Cagliari come into this match after a tough 2-1 loss to Chievo in Verona, which technically saw all 3 goals come from Napoli owned players(Pavoletti, Giaccherini, and Inglese). The Isolani’s last home match was a 2-0 win over SPAL which saw goals from Marco Sau and former Napoli man Luca Cigarini.

Probable Formations:

Cagliari(3-5-2): Cragno; Romagna, Ceppitelli, Castan; Farafo, Ionita, Barella, Joao Pedro, Padoin; Sau, Pavoletti

Napoli(4-3-3): Reina; Hysaj, Albiol, Koulibaly, Rui; Allan, Jorginho, Hamsik; Callejon, Mertens, Insigne


By Ken Cioffredi

 

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