Our prediction for this Serie A match:
In-form Juventus will be aiming to extend their winning run in the Serie A to five games when they take on Cagliari in Turin on Sunday. “The Old Lady” have been impressive at the back of late, with the team eyeing their seventh consecutive clean sheet in the process and it is no wonder the bookies see them as hot favourites to win this match. All Paul Pogba, Nicolo Fagioli, and Adrien Rabiot are banned for the match, while the likes of Timothy Weah, Danilo, Alex Sandro, and Mattia De Sciglio miss out with injuries.
The Sardinians, on the other hand, have been in a fine form of late, with the team beating both Frosinone and Genoa in the last two league matches, but given their difficulties on the road, we are tempted to place our bets on the title-chasing hosts. Both Viola and Zappa are pushing for recalls to the starting XI after the duo got their names on the scoresheet in the last league match, while all Alessandro Di Pardo, Nahitan Nandez, and Marko Rog remain in the treatment room.
Highlighted Player (Weston McKennie):
After starting his youth career at FC Dallas, Weston McKennie moved to Germany in the summer of 2016, signing a contract with Bundesliga side Schalke 04. The American footballer made his Bundesliga debut on May 20, 2017, coming as a substitute in the 77th minute of the match.
The talented midfielder scored his first goal in the German elite division on August 6, 2018 in a 2-0 win at Fortuna Dusseldorf. Speaking of his international career, the Schalke footballer made his debut with United States of America on November 14, 2017 in a friendly against Portugal, finding the net on his debut.
Weston McKennie has two caps for the USA U20 team as well. His main position is central midfield, but he used as both defensive and attacking midfielder as well. The USA international was born in Fort Lewis, Washington on August 28, 1998. His preferred foot is right.
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.