Ongoing games & upcoming games:
Cagliari landed their first win of the campaign on Sunday, as they saw off Parma. Can they double their points tally with a victory against Genoa as Serie A returns this weekend? The Friday night game offers a chance for the visitors to get back on track, following their narrow loss at home to Atalanta last time out.
Cagliari may have been missing key duo Radja Nainggolan and Leonardo Pavoletti last weekend, but they still pulled off their first win of the campaign. Their 3-1 thumping of Parma was impressive, with Cagliari mixing it up going forward. Their three goals were a mix which included a counter-attacking break and a set-piece.
Genoa should be concerned about Cagliari’s attacking credentials. After all, the visitors have conceded six times in three games. While the Grifone have made a solid start with a win, draw and a loss, they have been vulnerable at the back throughout. Will they be found out in defence once again in this visit to Sardinia?
Five of the last six clashes between these two have seen both teams score, while Genoa have failed to keep a clean sheet in six trips to this ground. Their defensive issues are likely to strike again, especially after conceding in 89% of their trips in the league last term.
The visitors have at least impressed going forward, with six goals to their name in attack. Their only away game so far was a 3-3 draw at Roma, which saw them fight back to equalise on three occasions at the Stadio Olimpico. They should have little trouble against a Cagliari defence which has one clean sheet in 12.
The mood around Genoa is changing, they are on the up after fighting off the drop late last season. This term they are taking the game to sides under boss Aurelio Andreazzoli. Their attacking choice of boss has seen three straight games with over 2.5 goals scored, while we are backing the same again on Friday night.
Genoa may be coming into this clash on the back of a loss, but they should come here with confidence. Not only have Cagliari lost two from two at home this term, but the hosts have been beaten in their last four Serie A home games overall. Given that three of those defeats have all been 2-1, plus with a high scoring game likely, we’re backing a 2-1 victory for Genoa.
|September 20, 2019|
|September 25, 2019|
|September 15, 2019|
|Genoa||1 - 2||Atalanta|
|September 1, 2019|
|Genoa||2 - 1||Fiorentina|