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Cagliari vs Inter - Match Preview

01 Mar 2019 Ed Mackey ITALY: Serie A
ITALY: Serie A

Cagliari Calcio

  • L
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • L

vs

Kick-off
19:30 GMT
01 March 2019

Inter Milan

  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • D

Kick-off
19:30 GMT 01 March 2019

The 2018/19 Serie A campaign is getting very interesting as it nears its business end. Cagliari and Inter kick off the weekend’s action as they face off on Friday evening.

STATS

  • Cagliari have had a particularly mediocre season so far and while they seem to be doing enough to avoid relegation, they need to pick up quite a few more points as they currently sit 14th. They’ve won just one of their last seven in the league which has seen them slip closer to the drop zone. They were narrowly beaten 1-0 by Sampdoria last time out.
  • Inter have enjoyed a good campaign and are on course for a place in next year’s UEFA Champions League but they are only three points ahead of 5th-placed Roma. After just two wins in their last six, they have allowed the sides below them to gain some ground and they let a two-goal lead slip in their last match which led to a 3-3 draw with Fiorentina.
  • Leonardo Pavoletti has steered Cagliari away from the bottom three and he is their leading scorer with nine league goals.
  • Surprisingly Mauro Icardi is on the same total for Inter and they will be hoping he can increase his tally if they are to secure a top-four finish.

HEAD TO HEAD

Inter have dominated the recent meetings between the sides as they have won five of the last six including each of the last four. Those four wins have all been by at least two goals as they have scored 14 over the course of those matches. There have been over 2.5 in six out of the last seven league meetings, although the only one with fewer than 2.5 was when they last met back in September where Inter won 2-0.

CAGLIARI NEWS

Three points won’t take Cagliari any higher in the table but they will increase the gap between themselves and the sides below them. Alessandro Deiola is suspended for the clash whilst Cyril Thereau, Alberto Cerri and Valter Birsa all face last fitness tests.

Latest matches: Cagliari Calcio

24.02.2019 Seri Sampdoria Genoa Cagliari Calcio 1:0 L
16.02.2019 Seri Cagliari Calcio Parma FC 2:1 W
10.02.2019 Seri AC Milan Cagliari Calcio 3:0 L
04.02.2019 Seri Cagliari Calcio Atalanta Bergamasca 0:1 L
26.01.2019 Seri US Sassuolo Cagliari Calcio 3:0 L

INTER NEWS

It seems too late in the season for the visitors to catch Napoli in 2nd but they can hold onto 3rd spot and a win will enhance those chances. Sime Vrsaljko remains out for the season as Andrea Palazzi, Mauro Icardi and Balde Diao Keita are all doubtful.

Latest matches: Inter Milan

24.02.2019 Seri AC Fiorentina Inter Milan 3:3 D
21.02.2019 UEFA Inter Milan SK Rapid Vienna 4:0 W
17.02.2019 Seri Inter Milan Sampdoria Genoa 2:1 W
14.02.2019 UEFA SK Rapid Vienna Inter Milan 0:1 W
09.02.2019 Seri Parma FC Inter Milan 0:1 W

SUMMARY

In spite of their recently poor form, Inter are still favourites to come away with all three points on Friday night. Both teams have scored in each of the last four meetings at the Sardegna Arena and that should continue in this one with neither side being particularly strong at the back this term.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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