Each of the last seven Italian Serie A matches between Cagliari and Roma on the island of Sardinia have gone over two and a half goals and one is picking that sequence to increase to eight when the teams clash again on Sunday.
Cagliari’s two competitive games this season have been action packed, with the Red and Blues beating SPAL 5-1 in the Italian Coppa Italia before losing 1-3 to Genoa in Italian Serie A. Cagliari led Genoa 1-0 against the run of play with 77 minutes on the watch before its resistance ended and it conceded two goals in two minutes and three goals in total. Genoa had 22 shots versus Cagliari so it was merely a matter of time before it got on the scoresheet.
Roma has taken part in three meaningful matches this term and two of them have gone over two and a half goals. Roma drew 1-1 at Porto in the UEFA Champions League before it thumped Udinese 4-0 in its Italian Serie A opener. Roma’s world imploded on Wednesday, however, as it lost 0-3 to Porto in its UEFA Champions League home game against the Portuguese team and exited Europe’s premier competition.
There are so many historical statistics that point to the Italian Serie A match between Cagliari and Roma going over two and a half goals. Eleven of the last 13 meetings of the clubs across all competitions have gone over two and a half goals. Ten of Cagliari’s last 12 Italian Serie A home games have gone over two and a half goals. And each of Roma’s last seven Italian Serie A away matches have gone over two and a half goals. Marathonbet is offering odds of 41/501.82-1220.82-1.220.82 about over two and a half goals at the Sant’Elia this weekend.
Crotone’s home advantage that it will enjoy over Genoa on Sunday will be minimal because the Pythagoreans – yes, that is Crotone’s nickname – have had to shift their home games to Pescara until their traditional ground is up to Italian Serie A standards. William Hill is quoting odds of 1/12.00+1001.001.00-1.00 about Crotone slipping to its second Italian Serie A defeat and its third loss in three competitive matches this season.
Genoa was very good value for its 3-1 Italian Serie A home victory over Cagliari and, taking into consideration its warm-up games as well, Ivan Juric’s side has won five matches on the bounce. Such was Genoa’s domination of Cagliari that the former allowed the latter just four efforts during last weekend’s Italian Serie A game.
Crotone was only a handful of minutes of earning a 0-0 draw from its Italian Serie A debut at Bologna but it would have been a travesty had the Pythagoreans avoided defeat because, on the balance of play, they should have lost by at least a couple of goals. Ultimately, Crotone lost 0-1 to Bologna.
Finally, Sassuolo cruised through to the UEFA Europa League group stage with a 4-1 aggregate triumph over Crvena Zvezda in which the Black and Greens expended very little energy in Thursday’s second leg in Serbia. Sassuolo qualified for the UEFA Europa League by virtue of its sixth-place finish in last term’s Italian Serie A and, while the Black and Greens have undergone some changes during the close season, they have managed to retain the services of Domenico Berardi.
William Hill is listing odds of 67/1001.67-1490.67-1.490.67 about in-form Sassuolo getting the better of Italian Serie A newcomer Pescara on Sunday and that price strikes one as a very fair quote.
Cagliari v Roma – Over 2.5 Goals
Sunday 28th August, 19:45 GMT
Eric has been a sports journalist for over 20 years and has travelled the world covering top sporting events for a number of publications. He also has a passion for betting and uses his in-depth knowledge of the sports world to pinpoint outstanding odds and value betting opportunities.
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