Our match prediction:
Genoa play host to Cagliari at Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris at the start of the new Serie A campaign. Ivan Juric’s troops defeated Lecce in Coppa Italia on Friday, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Sunday’s football game against Cagliari. Over the years Genoa have turned Stadio Cumunale Luigi Ferraris into a real fortress, but beating Cagliari is easier said than done. The Gli Isolani head into the game following a 1-1 draw with Hamburger and they will be happy with one point from Sunday’s match against Genoa. The two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment and we predict that they are going to share the spoils in the opening match of the season. Former Monaco and Marseille attacker Lucas Ocampos, who joined the club in the summer transfer window, is likely to lead the attack for the hosts against Cagliari.
Highligted Player (Diego Capel):
Diego Capel is a former Sevilla winger, who was born in Albox, Spain on 16 February, 1988. Capel played for the likes of Barcelona and Sevilla during his youth career and he made his senior debut for los Sevillanos on 24 October, 2004 against Atletico Madrid. It has to be noted that he was only 16 years old when he helped Sevilla record a 2-1 win over the capital club. He played for the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan outfit between 2004 and 2011 and on 18 July, 2011 he signed a five-year deal with Sporting Lisbon. Capel scored his first goal for the Portuguese outfit on 2 October, 2011, in a 1-0 victory over Vitoria Guimaraes. He played 99 games for Sporting, scoring 10 goals for the capital club between 2011 and 2015. After spending one season at Genoa, he signed for Anderlecht in 2016. The Spanish winger is very quick on the ball and he is well known for his very good crosses. Diego Capel has 25 caps for Spain U21 and he made his debut for the senior team against Denmark on 20 August, 2008.
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.