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Both teams to score when Cagliari comes to town

October 23, 2014

Zdenek Zeman
has coached Cagliari for a sufficient number of matches that now one is willing to get stuck into markets on goals in games in which the Islanders are involved, starting with its Italian Serie A away match against Empoli.

Zeman was coaching attack-minded teams long before the likes of Marcelo Bielsa and Roger Schmidt were born – well, that is an exaggeration but you get one’s drift – and that is why punters who bet on goals hold him in such high esteem.

Slowly but surely Zeman’s Cagliari is ascending the Italian Serie A ladder pertaining to goals scored and goals conceded as the Islanders get to grips with their manager’s style of play. Cagliari’s seven Italian Serie A games have had an average of 2.86 goals, with four of them going over two and a half goals and five of them seeing both teams score.

Empoli versus Cagliari is the first match in Italian Serie A round eight and one is keen on snapping up odds of 1.80 with Ladbrokes that both sides score. With due respect to Empoli, it is an Italian Serie A opponent against which Cagliari will fancy its chance of securing a good result. Empoli is 13th on the Italian Serie A ladder with a record of one win, four draws and two losses. Empoli’s seven Italian Serie A games have had an average of 2.57 goals, with three of them going over two and a half goals and four of them seeing both teams score. The statistics point to a high-scoring clash.

Napoli and Verona are level on 11 Italian Serie A points following seven rounds but one expects the former to pull away from the latter, kicking off with three home points when the teams meet at the San Paolo on Sunday.

It would appear that Napoli has turned the corner just in time to save the skin of Rafael Benitez, who was under huge pressure after his side did not make it through to the UEFA Champions League group stage. Napoli has won three and drawn two of its last five matches across all competitions and it was seconds away from beating Internazionale at the San Siro last weekend, throwing away not one but two one-goal leads.

Verona lost 1-3 to the other Milan-based Italian Serie A team in the sixth round and, significantly, it had Mexico captain Rafael Marquez sent off in stoppage time. Marquez, therefore, is suspended for Verona’s Italian Serie A road trip to Napoli and he is its defensive lynchpin.

Coral and Ladbrokes are offering odds of 1.50 about a Napoli home win over Verona and that looks like the best Italian Serie A play for punters who like head-to-head betting.

Finally, Milan’s glory days may still be a little while from returning but it has only lost to Italian Serie A champion Juventus this term and it should be trading at odds shorter than 2.10 with BetVictor and William Hill to post a home win over a Fiorentina team that is struggling to score goals.

Only Atalanta and Sassuolo have scored fewer Italian Serie A goals than Fiorentina this season, a situation that must be driving Vincenzo Montella crazy. Montella was a star striker in his playing days and he has had to watch several of his side’s forwards pick up injuries, forcing him to field youngsters in one of the world’s toughest competitions.

Milan is Italian Serie A’s top-scoring team with 16 goals in its seven games and one was expecting to see it quoted at a shade of odds on to defeat Fiorentina at the San Siro.

Tips Summary

Empoli v Cagliari BTTS
25th October 14:00 GMT
Odds: 1.80
Where to Bet: Ladbrokes

Napoli to beat Verona
26th October 17:00 GMT
Odds: 1.50
Where to Bet: CoralLadbrokes

Milan to beat Fiorentina
26th October 19:45 GMT
Odds: 2.10
Where to Bet: BetVictorWilliam Hill

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    About the author

    Eric Roberts
    Eric Roberts

    Sports Journalist

    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.