Our prediction for this Serie A match:
After dropping two points in a goalless draw with Chievo at the weekend, Roma will be looking to get back on course when they welcome Cagliari at their Stadio Olimpico on Matchday 17. The Giallorossi have been impressive in front of home fans this term and you should bear in mind that they are eyeing their fifth consecutive win on home soil. Roma aim to keep their hopes of winning the Scudetto alive and they are likely to fight tooth and nail in Saturday’s football match against Cagliari. Diego Lopez’s men came from two goals behind to share the spoils with Sampdoria in their last league fixture, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against the Romans. Cagliari’s away record in the Serie A is anything but good and they are unlikely to spoil Roma’s party at Stadio Olimpico. In their last meeting in the “Eternal City” Roma recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Cagaliari.
Highlighted Player (Patrik Schick):
Patrick Schick is a Czech Republic international who plays for Sampdoria as a striker. Schick was born in Prague on January 24, 1996 and he started his career at the youth team of his home-town club Sparta Prague. The 187-cm-tall attacker, played only four games for the capital club before moving to Bohemians 1905 on loan in 2015. After ending his loan spell with the Klokani, Patrick Schick moved to Italy, signing a deal with Serie A side Sampdoria for a fee of €4 million. The Czech footballer has been playing for La Samp ever since and you should know that he scored 11 goals in 32 appearances for the club in the 2016/2017 Serie A campaign. The talented striker, who is very good in the air, scored on his debut for Czech Republic in a 6-0 win over Malta in May 2016. Patrick Schick’s preferred foot is left and his contract with Sampdoria should expire on June 30, 2020.
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.