Our prediction for this Coppa Italia match:
Bologna and Cagliari take on each other at Stadio Renato Dall’Ara in a highly-anticipated Coppa Italia game. Bologna failed to spoil Napoli’s party at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona at the weekend, with the team remaining in the danger zone, and, no doubt, Sinisa Mihajlovic’s troops are desperate to put an end to their four-match winless run. Key attacker Marko Arnautovic remains in the recovery room, alongside Jerdy Schouten and Denso Kasius.
The Sardinians, on the other hand, proved their worth in a 2-1 win over Brescia, with the team putting an end to their three-game winless run in the Serie B. Since Bologna will be without Arnautovic in Thursday’s Italian Cup game, we believe that punters from all around the globe can find value in betting on draw. There are no fresh injury worries in the away team.
Highlighted Player (Marko Arnautovic):
An Austrian footballer born on 19 April 1986, Marko Arnautovic represented a number of Austrian top sides on youth level, but it was at Twente that his professional career began. The winger needed a while to nail down a regular starting berth, but he impressed in his first full season to score 12 Eredivisie goals and earn a lucrative move to Inter Milan.
The unprofessional behaviour seriously cut short his stay at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, but the highly rated footballer was able to kick start his career at Werder Bremen. The successful spell in Bundesliga saw him secure a move to Stoke City, where he has played his best football up to date.
A powerful footballer capable of scoring from distance, Arnautovic is able to operate as a winger, centre forward or attacking midfielder, and he has also impressed playing for the Austria national team. The forward scored 3 goals in the qualifying campaign to help Das Team qualify for the Euro 2016 finals, taking his total goal tally past 10 strikes.
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.