Cagliari v Palermo – Stadio Sant’Elia at 20:00 live on BT Sport 1
Palermo coach Roberto De Zerbi is reportedly at risk of the sack. After seeing the Sicilians fall to a 3-1 defeat to Udinese on Thursday evening despite taking an early lead through Ilija Nestorovski.
It was the Rosanero’s third consecutive defeat, in which they have conceded 11 goals. President Maurizio Zamparini – nicknamed the ‘Manager Eater’ is now considering the situation. Having already axed Davide Ballardini from the position this season.
De Zerbi took over with Palermo struggling at the start of September. But has managed just W1-D2-L5 in his eight-game stint, claiming the squad he’s inherited are mentally weak. He’s attributed their dour defensive displays to psychological issues, which hasn’t endeared him to Zamparini.
Whether De Zerbi will still be in charge come Monday night is anybody’s guess. With Palermo the only side across the top-five leagues yet to pick up a point on home soil. However, a trip to Cagliari should at least take the pressure off.
Monday’s meeting pits together the two worst backlines in Serie A. Rather than attempt to pick a winner, I’m much more inclined to follow the very strong goal trends that have followed both clubs this season.
Cagliari were stuffed 4-1 at Lazio in midweek to keep their 100% record in the Over 2.5 Goals market intact since promotion back to the top-flight in the summer. The Sardinians have been a joy to follow with their cavalier approach seeing five of their 10 matches producing at least four goals.
Last Sunday, Massimo Rastelli’s charges were involved in an eight-goal thriller with Fiorentina (3-5) at their Stadio Sant’Elia home. Despite going down to defeat, it was the fifth occasion in five that Cagliari have struck at least twice in front of their home supporters.
Still, the Rossoblu have toiled at the other end, shipping at least twice in six of their 10 overall. Only dreadful Crotone have conceded more efforts per-game. So Rastelli’s men are unlikely to stem the bleeding against a Palermo outfit that have scored in all five of their road trips thus far.
I’m keen to support goals once more on Monday night. And I am chuffed to discover Over 2.5 Goals trading at odds as big as 1.77. I’m certain the price will dip before kick-off and so I’d urge savvy punters to jump on now before the shrewdies gobble up the value available.
Asian Handicap Recommendation: Over 2.5 Goals at 1.77
Prices correct at time of writing.
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