Our match prediction:
Cagliari did well to return to the elite division, but they did not have the best of starts having been beaten 3-1 by Genoa on the opening day of new season. Isolani took the lead at Stadio Luigi Ferraris last weekend, but then conceded three late goals and they will have to show improvement against AS Roma if they want to avoid another loss. The good news is that their opponents are not in the best spirits, having been eliminated from the Champions League after the 3-0 home defeat to FC Porto, but there is a good chance the Giallorossi will produce a good response to the embarrassing setback, especially if we know that they hammered Udinese 4-0 in their first league fixture of the new season. We, therefore, predict that AS Roma will emerge victorious, although we seriously doubt they can keep a clean sheet at Stadio Sant’Elia.
Highligted Player (Maicon):
Maicon Douglas Sisenando was born in Novo Hamburgo, Brazil on 26 July, 1981. The powerful full back started his senior career at Cruzeiro and in 2004 he moved to Ligue 1 side AS Monaco. After making 58 league appearances for les Rouges et Blancs he signed a five-year contract with Inter in 2006 and he won four Serie A trophies with the Nerazzurri. In the 2009/2010 he participated in the Champions League final and he helped the Italian outfit beat Bayern Munich in the title game. On 31 August, 2012 Maicon moved to England, signing a deal with Manchester City, but he made no more than nine league appearances for the Citizens in the 2012/2013 season. On 18 July, 2013 the Brazilian footballer returned to Italy as Man City allowed him to join AS Roma on a free transfer. He made 28 appearances for the Giallorossi in the 2013/2014 Serie A campaign, with the capital club finishing the season in second place in the standings. Maicon has 76 caps for Brazilian national team.
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.