Cagliari v Napoli Preview

December 20, 2013 | By

Sky Bet - £30 Free Bets for New Customers Registering an AccountItalian Serie A action Saturday Night comes from the Sant’elia Stadium featuring Cagliari versus Napoli.

View our Betting Preview, Team News, Head to Head Statistics, Tips, Picks, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on Sky Sports 2 High Definition, with a scheduled 19:45pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Cagliari v Napoli Preview, Serie A, Saturday 21st December 2013

Cagliari seem to have recovered from the terrible month of October where they suffered far too many loses which see them drop slightly down the table. November was looking likely to be another disastrous month when they kicked off against Hella Verona in a 2 – 1 away loss, but things soon picked up with wins at home to Torino and Genoa as well has three draws with the more notable one being away to Roma who are currently sitting in 2nd position of the Serie A league. A win on Saturday could see them climb to 8th if other results go their way.

December has been a great month for Napoli who have so far won 3 games as well as draw another. Sadly they did exit the Champions League even though they won at home to Arsenal, with a 2 – 0 win it was just a couple of goals out from knocking Arsenal out on goal difference and they will be kicking themselves now that they failed to pick up a result at home to German club Borussia Dortmund. In the Serie A competition Napoli did manage to see off Inter Milan who were there closest challengers in recent weeks that had the potential to dent their title challenge but with being 8 points away from current leaders Juventus they will seriously need to start digging deep and churning out the results.

Cagliari v Napoli Team News

Cagliari Team News:

Cagliari are without a prolific goalscorer at the club right now as all strikers only 9 goals between the 5 of them in 16 games played in Serie A. Marco Sau is the more likely to score right now even though the 26 year old only has 4 goals to his name in 14 games. Where he is joint top scorer with Italian midfielder Daniele Conti who has exactly the same statistics when it comes to goals per game.

Napoli Team News:

As Napoli leave the Champions League and allow Arsenal to progress we have heard in recent reports that Arsenals summer transfer target Gonzalo Higuain has no regrets of choosing Napoli of the current English Premiership leaders. Higuain is flying right now with scoring 8 goals in 15 games and is current joint top scorer at the club with the Spanish striker Jose Callejon who has 8 goals in 16 games.

Cagliari v Napoli Head to Head Statistics

In recent years we can see it is Napoli who have pretty much dominated the winning side of results between these two, but if we look back at the 26 games played we can see Napoli have won 4 more games than Cagliari with a total of 9. We have also seen a really high amount of draws with a total of 12 being shown.

21/04/13 SEA Napoli – Cagliari
3 : 2
26/11/12 SEA Cagliari – Napoli 0 : 1
09/03/12 SEA Napoli – Cagliari 6 : 3
23/10/11 SEA Cagliari – Napoli 0 : 0
20/03/11 SEA Napoli – Cagliari
2 : 1

Average Goals Per Game?

In the 26 games played between these two Italian clubs we have seen 62 goals scored which will give us an average of 2.4 goals per game. Looking at recent results we can see that average has been boosted by a couple of high scoring games. Which is more likely to be the outcome again due to Napoli’s range of new talent.

Cagliari v Napoli Recent Form (Last 5 Games – Left to Right)

Cagliari: D W D D W

Napoli: W W D W L

Napoli are the club in better form right now and it shows with them sitting in 3rd position in the Serie A. Sadly they missed out when progressing into the next stage of the Champions League and that was due to goal difference which eventually allowed English side Arsenal to progress into the last 16.

Cagliari v Napoli Match Betting Odds Market.

Cagliari maybe at home here and also be coming into this game on the back of some good form, but they are coming up against a side who are looking to catch Juventus as they mount a title challenge. Bookmakers have the best odds coming in @ 14/5 with Betfred – £50 Free Bets For New Customers Registering an Account.

The Draw dominates the head to head statistics with 12 of the games ended as such, but this is a very strong Napoli side and bookmakers recognition this with their best odds @ 5/2 with Ladbrokes – £30 Free Bets when Registering a New Account.

Napoli are one of the favourites to push Juventus for the Serie A champions title, so they will have to come to Cagliari and grind out a much needed result with bookmakers setting the best odds found here @ 23/20 with BetVictor – £25 Free Bets For New Customers Registering an Account.

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Cagliari v Napoli Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

Although looking at the head to head statistics and seeing that a draw is the most common result between these two Italian clubs I just feel that Napoli are by far the stronger side coming into this game on Saturday. Which comes as no surprise with the club spending big in the summer with the likes of Higuain who is firing the goals in right now with 8 in 15 games. That statement alone will give good indication of what my first prediction will be and with Napoli being away from home it should give some nice odds.

Napoli are a side who seem to be relying far to much on their attackers with little attention to details coming when they apply their defending talents. This shows with the high volume of goals Napoli have conceded so Cagliari could steal a goal or two if they do play well in front of the home crowd. But will it be enough to win the game I just don’t know, they may score but I can still see Napoli win the game which will be my other prediction for Saturdays Serie A game.

The Verdict

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