Our prediction for this Coppa Italia match:
Atalanta will be looking to book their place in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals when they take on Cagliari at their Gewiss Stadium on Thursday evening. The Orobici have been scoring goals for fun of late, with the team rolling over the likes of Sassuolo (5-1), Parma (3-0), and Benevento (4-1) in the previous three league fixtures, and they must be high on spirits ahead of the Italian Cup clash.
Even though Papu Gomez is on the verge of leaving the club, we are tempted to put our money on the high-flying hosts. The Sardinians head into the match following a 1-0 loss to Fiorentina where Joao Pedro had a penalty saved on the stroke of half-time. Since Cagliari are not regarded as good travellers, we believe that there is a big value in betting on Atalanta, who aim to go all the way in the Coppa Italia this season.
Highlighted Player (Duvan Zapata):
Duvan Zapata was born in Cali, Colombia on 1 April, 1991. The 186-cm-tall attacker started his youth career at America de Cali, playing for the club between 2004 and 2008. In 2008 he made his debut for the first team and three years later he scored his first hat-trick for the Colombian outfit, in a 3-2 win over Deportivo Pereira.
In 2011 he signed a loan deal with Estudiantes and he found the net for the Argentine team on his debut against Belgrano. After scoring 11 goals in 37 appearances for Estudiantes, the Colombian striker joined Napoli in 2013, but he failed to establish himself as a first-choice attacker.
On 22 July, 2015 Zapata joined fellow Serie A team Udinese on loan and it has to be noted that he scored eight goals in 24 league appearances for the Zebrette. Duvan Zapata has 5 caps for Colombia U20 team, but he has yet to make his debut for the senior side.
Highlighted Team (Cagliari):
Cagliari are a professional football club based in Cagliari, Sardinia. I Rossoblu (The Red and Blues) compete in Italian Serie A and the club’s biggest success came in 1970, when they won the national championship.
Cagliari finished the season in top position in the standings, four points clear of Juventus and it has to be noted that Luigi Riva led Cagliari to their first Serie A trophy.
I Rossoblu welcome their rivals at Stadio Sant’Elia and the capacity of the stadium is 16,000. In the 1993/1994 season Cagliari made it to the UEFA Cup semis, with the team suffering a loss to fellow Italian club Inter in the two-legged tie.
Giuseppe Pancaro helped Cagliari record a 3-2 win over Inter in the first leg, but I Rossoblu were hammered by the Nerazzurri in the second leg (3-0). Palermo are regarded as Cagliari’s main rivals and the two teams square off against each other in the Derby delle Isole.