Team Form(Last 5 Matches):
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.
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.
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 CioffrediFollow @NapoliStats