Our prediction for this Serie B match:
Cagliari will look to stay in the playoffs berth when they take on Ascoli in the Serie B round 29. The Sardinians are eager to secure a top-eight finish, and we are positive that they will adopt an attack-minded approach in Friday’s clash. As always, a man to watch in the home team will be Gianluca Lapadula, who scored his 11th goal of the season in a 1-1 draw with Brescia, while all Di Pardo, Rog, and Viola are sidelined with injuries.
Ascoli, meanwhile, aim to recover from a 1-0 loss to Bari. Roberto Breda’s troops are eager to climb to the playoffs places, but seeing that Cagliari have turned their Unipol Domus into a real fortress, we are going to bet on the home side this time out. Nicola Falasco serves a one-game ban, but he should be the only absentee in the away side.
Highlighted Player (Gianluca Lapadula):
Gianluca Lapadula, also known as Lapagol, due to his goalscoring abilities, was born in Turin and started his career at Juventus youth team, but was released because he wasn’t doing well in his studies. After the departure with Juventus, Lapadula perfected his goalscoring skills in lower Italian leagues and even spent one year in NK Gorica, Slovenia.
During his spell in Ravenna, he managed to finish the season 2012/13 as the top scorer in the group, netting 24 goals in the process. For a long period of time, the 28-year-old was Parma’s player, but he went on loans often, and, after Parma went bankrupt, Lapagol moved to Pescara. With 30 goals in 43 appearances, the striker caught the eye of Serie A giant Milan. He netted his first goal for the Rossoneri only three minutes after he came on as a substitute.
The following season Lapagol became the striker of Genoa. Even though he was called to play for Peru, the Genoa hitman decided to represent Italy, getting his first call to the senior squad in November 2016. However, he never made an official appearance for Italy, since he only played an unofficial friendly against San Marino, when he scored a hat-trick.