Fiorentina v Cagliari – Stadio Artemio Franchi at 17:00 live at Eleven Sports
Fiorentina head coach Stefano Pioli said his side “had the opportunities to score at least one goal” in their 1-0 defeat to Lazio and paid for poor finishing. La Viola signed off for the international break with another exciting and enterprising effort but failed to make their pressure count at the Stadio Olimpico.
Pioli admitted he was satisfied with his team’s performance but conceded it was a pity they were unable to leave the capital with at least a point. Speaking post-match, the Fiorentina boss said, “We lacked determination and efficiency in our finishing. Our away record has been poor this season, but we have to take into account that we faced three of the best teams in Italy on their own turf.”
He’s not wrong. The Florence-based club have already been away to Lazio, Inter Milan, Napoli, and Sampdoria, and although they’ve gained a solitary point from a possible 12, La Viola have competed valiantly for large swathes of all four fixtures.
Fiorentina can find their form at home
A return to their Stadio Artemio Franchi should do the trick, particularly with a home contest against wretched travelers Cagliari on Sunday evening. Indeed, Fiorentina should be well capable of covering the -0.75 Asian Handicap at 1.73 this weekend.
The hosts have a perfect record in Florence this term with four wins from four. Pioli’s young side have silenced their past three visitors to the Artemio Franchi, whilst the current head coach’s guidance, Fiorentina have W10-D2-L2 when welcoming bottom-half teams, keeping nine clean sheets.
What’s more, La Viola have a fully fit squad available to select from as they bid to enhance an already impressive goal difference of 12-1 as hosts across their opening four home outings this term.
Cagliari isn’t so fortunate. Diego Farias is not expected to make the trip, which means Marco Sau should start in his place. The Sardinians sealed a welcome 2-0 triumph over Bologna before the international break but Rolando Maran’s men have so far struggled in the attacking third, making Farias’ absence a concern.
Maran has tidied the visitors’ defence up but they remain susceptible to quality attacks. The guests are giving up 0.85 Expected Goals from open play per-game and have trailed at both half-time and full-time in six of their last eight away days, losing three of four in 2018/19.
Cagliari have scored once on the road this season and have posted 10 losses from their past 12 trips to top-half teams in Serie A, failing to score on seven occasions and being beaten by at least a two-goal margin in seven contests.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Fiorentina -0.75 at 1.730
Preview by: @MarkOHaire.