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Cagliari and Torino have little for which to play in Italian Serie A with eight rounds remaining but the absence of fear should enable them to put on an entertaining show when they lock horns on the island of Sardinia on Sunday.
Both sides have found the back of the net in 19 of 13th-ranked Cagliari’s 30 Italian Serie A matches, including 10 of its 14 home games and each of its nine home assignments versus teams lower than sixth on the ladder. Both sides have netted at least one goal in 24 of tenth-placed Torino’s 30 Italian Serie A matches, including 10 of its 15 away games and all bar one of its nine away assignments versus teams higher than 14th on the ladder.
The Italian Serie A numbers stack up and the reverse fixture between Cagliari and Torino resulted in a 5-1 home win for the Maroons – both sides scored inside the opening 32 minutes of November’s six-goal entertainment spree.
Each of Torino’s last nine Italian Serie A matches has not featured a clean sheet and Cagliari is the perfect opponent for the Maroons to extend their crazy streak to 10 games. Both teams to score is available at odds of -179 with 32Red, 888Sport and Unibet ahead of Cagliari’s Italian Serie A home game against Torino and it is the best bet on the division’s coupon.
Empoli has been sucked into the Italian Serie A relegation scrap but one thinks that the Blues will pick up three points from its home match against Pescara on Saturday.
A run of seven successive Italian Serie A losses has led bookmakers to quote not far short of even money about an Empoli victory over Pescara, an offer that one thinks is worth taking in spite of the Blues not having posted a league win since defeating Udinese 1-0 in January.
The reality is that, apart from losing 0-2 at home to Chievo when its lowly ranked opponent scored in the 89th and 90th minutes, Empoli has not done a great deal wrong in losing seven Italian Serie A games on the spin because the Blues have faced Juventus, Roma, Napoli, Lazio, Internazionale, Chievo and the Red and Blues – they are the teams positioned first, second, third, fourth, sixth, 11th and 16th respectively on the ladder following 30 rounds.
And there is no easier Italian Serie A assignment than a home match versus Pescara, the division’s cellar dweller. Pescara is 2-7-21 in its 30 Italian Serie A games and remember that it was awarded one of its two victories off the pitch due to Sassuolo breaking league rules. Pescara is not mathematically guaranteed to go down from Italian Serie A but the Dolphins require close to a miracle to stay up.
According to one’s Italian Serie A collateral form analysis, which treats Pescara’s credited 3-0 victory at Sassuolo as a 1-2 loss, the Dolphins only trail Empoli 7-4-8 but they lost 0-4 at home to the Blues when they clashed in November.
Empoli is trading at odds of -118 with Betfred to get the better of Pescara and that seems a fair enough offer.
Atalanta is one’s third and final Italian Serie A selection at odds of -192 with Marathonbet to take care of business against Sassuolo, also on Saturday. According to one’s Italian Serie A collateral form analysis, Atalanta holds a 14-2-3 advantage over Sassuolo that stands at 10-1-0 if one does not count matches featuring teams below 11th on the ladder. Atalanta is trying to qualify for the UEFA Champions League, whereas Sassuolo cannot wait for its Italian Serie A campaign to finish because it is going nowhere.
Cagliari v Torino – Both teams to score
Sunday 9th April, 14:00 BST
Empoli to beat Pescara
Saturday 8th April, 14:00 BST
Atalanta to beat Sassuolo
Saturday 8th April, 17:00 BST
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