Cagliari host reigning Serie A champions Juventus at the Sardegna Arena this weekend, with both sides coming into the clash off the back of impressive away results at the end of 2017. However, with Juventus currently sitting just a point away from league leaders Napoli in the standings, the emphasis will certainly be on Massimo Allegri’s men to go for all three points on Saturday evening.
Italian Serie A – Sardegna Arena, Cagliari – Saturday 6th January – 19:45 UK Time
Cagliari take on Juventus in the Italian top-flight on Saturday evening, with the hosts looking to cause what would be one of the biggest upsets of the campaign so far. However, with the visitors having won four of their last five outings, it is undoubtedly the Old Lady who are the firm favourites to claim all three points. However, for those still unsure of who to back before kick-off, be sure to check out our top betting tip below. First, let’s first take a closer look at the two teams, starting with the home side.
Cagliari Team News & Form
Cagliari claimed an impressive win away at Atalanta in their final game of 2017, with head coach Luis Diego Lopez now hoping that his team can produce a similar display against giants Juventus. The hosts currently sit 15th in the standings, just five points clear of the relegation zone. A lack of goals has certainly hampered their progress so far this season, with Cagliari having scored just 18 goals in 19 matches. Brazilian forward Joao Pedro is likely to lead the line on his own this weekend, with the attacker having scored four Serie A goals so far this season.
Juventus Team News & Form
Consecutive wins over Bologna, Roma and Hellas Verona has seen Juventus keep up the pressure on rivals Napoli at the top of the table in Italy, with the visitors having dropped points in just four games all season. Argentine duo Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain have scored 23 goals between them already this season, with the attackers likely to line up alongside each other again this weekend, despite the former having reportedly fallen out with manager Allegri recently. The likes of Gianluigi Buffon, Georgio Chiellini and Sami Khedira bring enormous experience to the Juve squad too.
Head to Head
The two teams have met 24 times in the past, with Juventus having won 16 of such encounters to date, as well as registering six draws. Juventus claimed six points from last season’s two meetings between the duo, including a comfortable 2-0 win away from home.
Betting Odds and Predictions
Despite being the home team this weekend, it probably comes as little surprise that it is Cagliari who go into the match as the underdogs for victory with the majority of bookmakers. The hosts can be backed at odds of 9/1 with Ladbrokes, while those looking to bet on an away win for Juventus can take advantage of 1/3 odds from the same bookmaker.
Top Betting Tip
However, our top betting tip for the match is to bet on Juventus keeping a clean sheet on Saturday evening, which can be backed at odds of 4/5 at William Hill.