Our prediction for this Serie A match:
Buoyed by back-to-back wins over the likes of Hellas Verona and Sampdoria, Bologna will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they welcome Cagliari at their Stadio Renato Dall’Ara. Roberto Donadoni’s troops sit in the top half of the Serie A table ahead of Matchday 15 and they are eyeing their third home win of the season. The Rossoblu are tough to beat at home, but it has to be noted that key defender Vassilis Torosidis misses the match through suspension. As expected, Cagliari failed to upset in-form Inter in their last league fixture and seeing that they suffered three defeats in previous four away games in the Italian top flight, we predict the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. You should have in mind that Bologna recorded a 2-1 win over Cagliari in their last meeting at Stadio Renato Dall’ Ara.
Highlighted Player (Erick Pulgar):
Erick Pulgar is a Chilean international who started his senior career at Deportes Antofagasta. Pulgar is a 186-cm-tall midfielder, who is capable of playing as a centre back as well and he is well known for his speed. After making 38 league appearances for the club he joined fellow Chilean outfit Universidad Catolica in 2014. The deal was confirmed on 28 June, 2014 and the Chilean defender joined los Cruzados for a fee of $ 500 000. In 2015 he decided to move to Europe and he signed a contract with Bologna for an undisclosed fee. The deal was sealed on 20 August. Erick Pulgar represented Chile at the 2016 Copa America, but he made no more than one appearance for La Roja at the tournament in USA. He came on as a substitute to replace injured midfielder Pablo Hernandez in a 2-0 win over Colombia. It is well known that Chile won the 2016 Copa America, beating star-studded Argentina in the title game.
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.