Our prediction for this Serie B match:
Como and Cagliari face each other at Stadio Giuseppe Sinigaglia in the opening match of the season. Como have been struggling at the back in pre-season, with the team losing 4-0 to Atalanta in a friendly, while suffering a heavy 5-1 defeat to Spezia in their Coppa Italia opener. Since Giacomo Gattuso’s troops could be low on spirits in Saturday’s clash, home win should not be considered. Star signing Cesc Fabregas is widely expected to make his Serie B debut against Cagliari.
The Sardinians, on the other hand, return to Serie B after failing to impress in the 2021/2022 Serie A season. The Rossoblu are eager to secure promotion to the Italian top flight, and given Como’s shaky defence, away win should definitely be considered. A man to keep an eye on in the away team will be summer signing Gianluca Lapadula, who is likely to play an important role in Fabio Liverani’s team.
Highlighted Player (Dalbert Henrique):
Dalbert Henrique is a left-footed full back who plays for Ligue 1 side Nice. Born in Barra Mansa, Brazil, Henrique began his career in a local club Barra Mansa and in 2012 he moved to Fluminense. One year later the 182-cm-tall footballer joined Flamengo, but he did not play for “Mengao” at senior level.
Dalbert Henrique made his professional debut for Academio de Viseu and in 2015 he moved to Vitoria Guimaraes of Portugal. After making 25 appearances for the Primeira Liga club, the left-back joined Ligue 1 side Nice in 2016. Henrique made his debut for les Aiglons on August 14, 2016 in a league match against Stade de Rennais. Dalbert, who was born on September 8, 1993, has yet to earn a call-up for the Brazil national football team.
The Brazilian player has a contract with Nice which expires on June 30, 2021. His main position is left-back (full-back), but he is capable of playing as a left midfielder as well.
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.