Bologna vs. Cagliari 7/1/20 Serie A Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Bologna 10-7-11, Cagliari 10-8-10
7/1/20 1:30 pm
Over 2.5 (-110), Under 2.5 (-110)
Bologna is hosting Cagliari at Renato Dall’Ara in round 29 in Italian Serie A.
After they lost their first game since the restart against Juventus, Bologna has beaten Sampdoria this past weekend. Bologna has had 57% of ball possession in that game, 3 shots on goal, 4 corner kicks, and 77% of the correct passes. With two quick goals in 72nd and 74th minute, Bologna has won this game 1-2. With 37 points, 40 scored goals, and 45 conceded goals, Bologna is now in 11th place in the standings. Their offense has been solid this season, and Bologna’s defense is just good enough for the spot they are on right now. Orsolini has scored 8 goals and added 4 assists for Bologna so far, while Palacio added 6 goals. Santander, Olsen, and Poli are all still injured, while Mbaye is still questionable. There isn’t much we can expect from Bologna, but they are outside the relegation zone, and that is what matters most to Bologna. In their minds, this season was a success even if we still have a solid amount of games left. The Europa League is not that far, but I just don’t see Bologna getting there because there are better teams competing for the same spot.
Cagliari is on a nice 2-game winning streak during which they scored 5 goals and conceded only 2 goals. With 38 points, Cagliari is now in 10th place. With 47 scored goals, Cagliari is close to the top of the best offensive teams in Serie A, but their defense could certainly use some work because they conceded 44 goals so far. Joao Pedro has scored 17 goals for Cagliari this season, while Simeone added 9 goals. Nainggolan has 6 goals and 5 assists. Oliva, Pavoletti, Farago, Pereiro, and Piscane are all on the injury list, while Klavan is questionable. In their last Serie A game against Torino at home, Cagliari has had only 39% of ball possession, 5 shots on goal, 3 corner kicks, and 77% of the correct passes, but Cagliari was incredibly effective because they scored 4 goals from their 5 shots on goal, and in the end, Cagliari has won this game 4-2. Cagliari is a good team, but they were in a huge slump for most of the January and February, which cost them a lot of points, but their dreams of the Europa League are still alive, and if Cagliari can continue their good run, they just might come close to fulfilling that dream.
When playing at home, Bologna has not lost to Cagliari in their last 7 games. There is not much difference in the quality between Bologna and Cagliari, and they are just one point apart in the standings, but Cagliari is in the better form and they are filled with confidence after their latest two wins. I will side with Cagliari on the road.