Our prediction for this Coppa Italia match:
Cagliari and Sampdoria face each other at Sardegna Arena for the second time in just three days. Cagliari came from behind to beat Sampdoria 4-3 in the Serie A clash, with Alberto Cerri scoring the winner in the stoppage time. La Samp are hungry for revenge, but beating the Sardinians on the road is easier said than done. A man to watch in the home team will be Joao Pedro, who scored a brace in Monday’s Serie A clash, while Cagliari defenders should have Italian veteran Fabio Quagliarella at bay.
The 36-year-old attacker scored two goals in the 4-3 loss to the Rossoblu, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay. Anyhow, given the attacking potential of the two sides, we believe that punters can find value in betting on both teams to score. In their last meeting in the Italian Cup, Sampdoria defeated Cagliari 3-0.
Highlighted Player (Valter Birsa):
After making just one appearance for Primorje in the 2003/2004 campaign, Valter Birsa joined Gorica at the age of 17. He impressed with the Slovenian outfit, scoring 26 goals in 61 league matches and, as a result, earned a lucrative move to Sochaux.
The left-footed midfielder, who plays as a winger as well, did not score too many goals for the French outfit (8), but it has to be noted that he was sent on loan to Auxerre (in 2009) before his contract expired. Despite being on Liverpool’s radar, Birsa joined Genoa on 2 February 2011 and he made nine league appearances for the Rossoblu in the 2011/2012 Serie A campaign.
After ending his loan spell with Torino in 2013 he joined Italian giants Milan, in what was a swap deal for Luca Antonini, who moved to Genoa. Valter Birsa has 12 caps for Slovenia U21 and he represented the Slovenian national team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. He scored his first goal for Slovenia on 9 September, 2009 against Poland.
Highlighted Team (Sampdoria):
Sampdoria is an Italian football club from Genoa which is currently playing in the highest Italian football division: the Serie A. The club colours of Sampdoria are blue and white and is known under the nickname Blucerchiati. Sampdoria host it’s home games in the Stadio Luigi Ferraris which is located in Genua. Interesting detail is that their biggest city rival Genoa is playing their home games in Stadio Luigi Ferraris as well.
In the past Sampdoria was playing in the Serie B and Serie A on and off. After the big successes in the end of the eighties the club became a stable team in the Serie A. Sampdoria managed to win the Scudetto once in 1991, the Coppa Italia 4 times in 1985, 1988, 1989 and 1994 and the Europe Cup II in 1990.
There are a lot of important players in football history that played for Sampdoria such as: Seedorf, Gullit, Mancini, Poli, Vieri, Zenga, Falcone, Karembeu, Vialli, Klinsmann and Veron.