Our football match prediction:
By beating Palermo on penalties Cagliari set up a meeting with Pordenone in the Coppa Italia last 16 and the Serie A side are considered hot favourites to win Tuesday’s football match against the Serie C team. The Rossoblu are a real force to be reckoned with at home and they recorded back-to-back wins over the likes of Benevento and Verona in previous two home games in the national championship. Luis Diego Lopez’s troops sit in the bottom half of the Serie A standings ahead of the visit of Pordenone, but seeing that Leonardo Colucci’s men have been struggling to find their best form of late, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. Pordenone have defeated the likes of Matelica Calcio, Venezia and Lecce on their way to the last 16, but Cagliari are likely to pose a much bigger threat for the Serie C side than their previous rivals.
Highlighted Player (Daniele Dessena):
Daniele Dessena is an Italian footballer who was born in Parma on 10 May, 1987. He is a product of Parma’s youth school and he continued played for the Gli Emiliani at senior level. After making 81 league appearances for Parma the 183-cm-tall midfielder joined Sampdoria in 2008, but he spent no more than one season at Stadio Luigi Ferraris. Dessena signed a deal with fellow Serie A team Cagliari on 31 August, 2009 and he scored his first goal for the club against his former club Parma. In 2010 he returned to Sampdoria and this time out he spent two seasons at the club. It has to be noted that Dessena has a total of 55 league appearances for Sampdoria. After impressing during his loan spell with Cagliari, the club chiefs signed a permanent deal with the midfielder in July, 2012 and he has been playing for the Rossoblu ever since. Dessena has 20 caps for Italy U21 and he was a part of the team that won a bronze medal at the 2009 European Championship.
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.