Cagliari recorded their first win of the season just before the international break and will be hoping to build on that result when they entertain Bologna at the Stadio Is Arenas on Sunday (11:30am BST).
Even in its infancy this season has been an eventful one for the Sardinians. Ill-advised comments from president Massimo Cellino saw Roma awarded three points when the match between the two was called off in late September. The club are also on their second coach of the campaign, Ivo Pulga having replaced Massimo Ficcadenti.
Pulga’s first match in charge was a 1-0 victory away to Torino in the last round of fixtures. While his predecessor preferred an aggressive 4-3-3 formation, Pulga packed his midfield in a narrow 4-3-1-2, making them difficult to penetrate. A 74th minute penalty from Nene sealed three points that did, however, still leave Cagliari in the relegation places.
Their opponents on Sunday, Bologna, are just two points better off, but a full seven places higher in the league table, currently sitting 12th. A win away to Roma and a home thrashing of Catania have shown promise not mirrored in four defeats and a draw at home to Pescara. Inconsistently has blighted the Rossoblu’s campaign to date.
Betting Tip: The result of the match itself is very hard to call, but there is value to be found in the ‘highest scoring half’ market. All four of Cagliari’s goals this season and 55.5% of Bologna’s nine have come after half-time. Pulga is likely to try and keep things tight early-on, especially with Alberto Gilardino in good form for Bologna.
- We would therefore suggest backing the second half to be the highest scoring half @ 23/20 with BetVictor.