Cagliari faces Brescia in Serie A action on August 25, 2019 at the Sardegna Arena.
Cagliari Calcio was founded in 1920 and they won their only Scudetto in 1969/70 when they were led by Italy’s all-time leading scorer Gigi Riva. That victory made the first by a club from the South of Rome. When it comes to European accomplishment, their best effort was in the 1993-94 UEFA Cup, making it all the way to the semi-finals before losing to Internazionale. Cagliari were also Coppa Italia runners-up in 1969. Last season, they finished 15th in the Serie A and head to this matchup with Brescia as the soccer betting favorites.’
These are the players of Cagliari as of August 9, 2019:
1GK Rafael, 4 MF Radja Nainggolan (on loan from Inter Milan), 6 MF Filip Bradaric, 8 MF Luca Cigarini, 9 FW Alberto Cerri, 10 MF Joao Pedro, 12 DF Fabrizio Cacciatore, 14 MF Valter Birsa, 15 DF Ragnar Klavan, 16 GK Simone Aresti, 17 MF Christian Oliva, 18 MF Nahitan Nandez, 19 DF Fabio Pisacane, 21 MF Artur Ionita, 22 DF Charalambos Lykogiannis, 23 DF Luca Ceppitelli (captain), 24 MF Paolo Farago, 27 MF Alessandro Deiola, 28 GK Alessio Cragno, 29 MF Lucas Castro, 30 FW Leonardo Pavoletti, 32 FW Kiril Despodov, 36 FW Riccardo Doratiotto, 37 Francesco Verde, 56 DF Filippo Romagna, GK Guglielmo Vicario, DF Federico Mattiello (on loan from Atalanta)
Odds from Titanbet.com as of 8/13/19
Brescia Calcio was founded in 1911. They hold the record for the most number of season and consecutive seasons in Serie B at 61 and 18, respectively. They have won the second tier league four times but their best finish in Series A came in 2000/01 when they placed 9th. They qualified for the Intertoto Cup twice, reaching he finally in 2001 before losing to Paris Saint-Germain via the away goals rule. Brescia won the Serie B during the 2018/19 term to earn a promotion to the Serie A this coming season.
Here is Brescia’s line-up as of August 7, 2019:
1 GK Enrico Alfonso, 2 DF Stefano Sabelli, 3 DF Ales Mateju, 4 MF Sandro Tonali, 5 DF Daniele Gastaldello (captain), 6 MF Emanuele Ndoj, 7 MF Nikolas Spalek, 9 FW Alfredo Donnarumma, 11 FW Ernesto Torregrossa, 14 MF Jacopo Dall’Oglio, 15 DF Andrea Cistana, 16 DF Felipe Curcio, 22 GK Lorenzo Andrenacci, 23 MF Leonardo Morosini, 24 Mattia Viviani, 25 MF Dimitri Bisoli, 26 DF Bruno Martella, 27 MF Daniele Dessena, 29 DF Alessandro Semprini, 32 MF Luca Tremolada, GK Jesse Joronen, DF Jhon Chancellor, DF Giangiacomo Magnani (on loan from Sassuolo), MF Jaromir Zmrhal, FW Florian Aye
Cagliari enters this match as the soccer betting favorites over Brescia. The Rossoblu are 3-2-5 SU in their last 10 games played and they are also 2-0-3 SU in their last five games played at the Sardegna Arena. Brescia was 4-1-2 in their last seven Serie B matches played and they gave up just a total of four goals during that period, including five clean sheets. But this is Serie A action and the newly promoted team should take some adjustment before getting used to the Big Boys, even Cagliari.
Cagliari was three points away from relegation last season but they are one of the teams that have been solidified for the 2019/20 Serie A season. Uruguayan Nathan Nandez from Boca Juniors is one of the main additions to the team this season. Nandez is expected to be an important piece of the puzzle for Cagliari next season.
Likewise, Juventus left-back Luca Pellegrini will join Cagliari on a loan from his mother club. Pellegrini spent half of last season on loan with Rossoblu and made 12 Serie A appearances He also helped Italy’s U-20 team finish 4th in the U-20 World Cup. I think Cagliari will have an adjustment period with their new players but their opponent is also on the same boat after their recent promotion. I’m picking Cagliari to beat Brescia on 8/25/19. Prediction: Cagliari