Roma may have crashed out of the Champions League in midweek, but they did it in impressive style after beating Liverpool 4-2 in Rome. A 7-6 aggregate loss to Liverpool was still a great effort over two legs, as the Giallorossi made it much further in Europe than expected. However, those European excursions have to take a back seat this weekend, as Roma look to secure their place in next season’s Champions League. A win at Cagliari would go a long way to securing a place in the top four for Roma, so can thy claim all three points in Sardinia?
The visitors have opened up a four point lead over Inter Milan going in to the weekend, and they’re flying high in third place. While they’re not in the mix with Juve and Napoli, this has been a strong season for Eusebio Di Francesco in the capital. There’s reason to believe that things will get even better going forward, with Roma securing over €100million from their European run, along with securing a large sponsorship deal too. However, that won’t mean much if they can’t make it back in to Europe’s top competition next term.
Meanwhile, Cagliari are fighting to stay in the top flight, as they have a two point lead over the drop zone. The Sardinians are aiming to turn around some awful form against Roma, as the visitors are unbeaten in their last seven league meetings against Cagliari (W5 D2), keeping four clean sheets in the process. With a fantastic away record behind them, the Giallorossi should be expected to claim another win.
Roma have 10 victories and a defeat from 17 matches on their travels, while Cagliari have lost nine times at home so far. After eight defeats in nine meetings with the top five, and five losses in six at home to the teams in the top eight, we can’t see the hosts getting much out of this one. Cagliari have failed to score in 41% of their home games, while Roma have kept a clean sheet in 59% of their trips, and in 80% of their away wins. With that in mind, a Roma win to nil seems like a smart way to go here.
Edin Dzeko comes in to this clash in fantastic form after making a big impact across both legs of the meeting with Liverpool. The Bosnian forward scored home and away in that semi-final, while he struck twice against Chievo in Serie A last weekend. The striker has impressed for the Giallorossi yet again this season, and we’re expecting him to strike in Sunday’s match. We’re backing a goal any time from Dzeko, which seems like good value after four strikes in three matches.