19:45 GMT 22 January 2017
The AS Roma vs. Cagliari match will be played on Sunday, January 22, at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. This is matchday 21 in the 2016/17 Serie A season.
Roma currently sit in 2nd place in the table, one point behind leaders Juventus while Cagliari are in 10th place.
Roma has won their last 12 home Serie A games.
Roma has scored 3 or more goals in 8 of their last 10 home games.
Cagliari have lost 5 of their last 6 Serie A away games.
There have been -2.5 goals in Cagliari’s last 4 away fixtures.
There have been -2.5 goals in 5 of Roma’s last 6 games.
HEAD TO HEAD
The two sides met in Cagliari in August 2016 where Roma dropped a 2:0 lead to draw 2:2. Diego Perotti and Kevin Strootman scored for the Giallorossi before Marco Borriello and Marco Sau grabbed a point for the home side.
Roma are unbeaten in the last 7 Serie A games between the two sides, winning 5 with 2 drawn. The two sides met on this day in 2011 in the Stadio Olimpico, with Roma winning 3:0.
Head to head matches: AS Roma - Cagliari Calcio
|28.08.2016||Seri||Cagliari Calcio||AS Roma||2:2|
Latest matches: AS Roma
|19.01.2017||Copp||AS Roma||Sampdoria Genoa||4:0||W|
|15.01.2017||Seri||Udinese Calcio||AS Roma||0:1||W|
|08.01.2017||Seri||Genoa FC||AS Roma||0:1||W|
|22.12.2016||Seri||AS Roma||AC Chievo Verona||3:1||W|
|17.12.2016||Seri||Juventus Turin||AS Roma||1:0||L|
Latest matches: Cagliari Calcio
|15.01.2017||Seri||Cagliari Calcio||Genoa FC||4:1||W|
|08.01.2017||Seri||AC Milan||Cagliari Calcio||1:0||L|
|22.12.2016||Seri||Cagliari Calcio||US Sassuolo||4:3||W|
|17.12.2016||Seri||FC Empoli||Cagliari Calcio||2:0||L|
|11.12.2016||Seri||Cagliari Calcio||SSC Napoli||0:5||L|
Roma’s list of absentees for this match grew with Juan Jesus’ suspension. Alessandro Fiorenzi is injured while Mo Salah is away at the Africa Cup of Nations.
With just 3 missing, Luciano Spalletti will be looking to field as strong a side as possible to take advantage of the visitor’s poor away form this season which has seen them take four points from a possible twenty-seven.
The Roma coach will need to guard against complacency as the Rossoblu won at the San Siro, beating Internazionale 2:1.
Even so, with a run of six wins out of the last seven Serie A games, as well as winning their last 12 home league matches, Roma will be confident of victory. If that wasn’t enough, they laid the ghost of Spezia to rest with a 4:0 thrashing of Sampdoria in last week’s Coppa Italia.
With league leaders at home to Lazio – a by no means straightforward win – Roma know victory is imperative if they are to take advantage of any slip by the Turin club.
Six clean sheets in their last ten Serie A games gives Roma a solid basis for victory, particularly which has scored just two in their last six away matches.
Bruno Alves’ return is timely for Cagliari, with Edin Dzeko in formidable form this season.
Experience is counting for a lot in Sardinia with Marco Borriello likely to retain his place in the starting line-up following the two goals he scored in the 4:1 win over Genoa last week.
They were his fourth goals in five games and with goals in short supply, the fact that the first of that quartet came in Pescara, surely counts in his favour.
Alongside Borriello is likely to be Diego Farias who has three goals in his last three games. If coach Massimo Rastelli decides to go with a sole striker, then it’s a tough choice. Should it go to the wire, form will surely count in his favour?
There’s a case to be made for Cagliari to win this one but it relies on Roma’s complacency and that seems in short supply.
Both sides will be close to full strength but Diego Perotti’s return could be a crucial factor. A back injury had kept him out of the side and Roma continued their winning ways, but his availability gives Spalletti a chance to vary their attacking threat.
Cagliari though, could nick this if it’s a low-scoring game. Both sides aren’t free-flowing in attack this season and are scoring two or less regularly. The problem for the visitors is that they aren’t scoring at all on their travels with three blanks in the last four.
Roma’s incentive is greater, knowing a win keeps the pressure on Juventus and expect that determination to be a decisive factor, and set up a comfortable home win.
22 January 2017 - 19:45 GMT
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