The Sardinians are hoping to get back on winning ways against the same opponent Parma Calcio. They had thirteen unbeaten games in September after winning over Parma.
Cagliari are in danger because of dropping down the table
Back-to-back Serie draws have halted Cagliari’s four-match losing streak, but the hosts are still without a league win since early December. With just three clean sheets in 21 Serie A games, Cagliari’s defensive concerns are well-documented. However, they remain prolific scorers, having found the net in 18 of their 21 Serie A games – and at least twice in ten of those. That said, Cagliari have failed to score a first-half goal in 11 of 21 Serie A matches, including six of the last eight. With a significant 71.88 percent (23 of 32) of their Serie A goals-against conceded beyond the interval mark, action in Cagliari’s matches usually arrives late. Furthermore, 31.25 percent of Cagliari’s Serie A goals against (10/32) have come beyond the 80th minute.
Calcio’s won their two from last three games
With four wins in their last seven league games, Parma are on the up. Somewhat impressively, the Crusaders’ only losses in their previous seven Serie A road trips have come against the top-five sides. Defense remains a concern, though, with Parma having conceded in all but one of their ten Serie A trips. The potential for a 1-0 scoreline is a strong theme, with 35.29 percent of Parma’s Serie A results in either way (excluding draws) having come that way. Indeed, scoring first has been an enormous factor in Parma’s league games, with 16 of their 17 Serie A games won/lost to date this season being won by the first scorer.
Will not play
From Cagliari: Pavoletti – Knee injury; Questionable: Cappitelli – Foot injury, Cerri – Thigh injury, Farago – injury, Ragatzu – Illness, Rog – Thigh injury.
From Parma: Karamoh – Knee injury; Questionable: Adorante – Knee injury, Barilla – Thigh injury, Grassi – Stomach disorder, Inglese – Thigh injury, Kulusevski – Thigh injury, Scozzarella – Thigh injury, Sepe – Thigh injury.
Players to watch
Radja Nainggolan has been Cagliari’s first scorer with his last two Serie A goals. While Andreas Cornelius has scored Parma’s second goal in four of the five Serie A matches where he has netted.
Stat attack: Cagliari have seen 46 of 68 SA goals (scored and conceded) come after the break.
The hosts have conceded 18.75% of their Serie A goals against via penalties (6/32).
Parma have kept eight first-half clean sheets in their last 11 Serie A matches.