Cagliari will look to close the gap to the top four when they play Udinese at the Friuli Stadium in the Serie A on Saturday.
Cagliari Match Form
I Rossoblu are enjoying a fantastic campaign and will be aiming to play in Europe next season. Coming on the back of a 15th-placed finish last season, the Sardinian club sit 5th in the league table, picking up 29 points from 16 games.
Rolando Maran is doing a phenomenal job and his side is just 3 points of AS Roma in 4th place. On their tails lie Atalanta a point behind while Parma stands 4 points further.
Thus, Cagliari is in a good position to finish in the European spots and they will look for nothing less than 3 points against Udinese, especially after losing to 3rd-placed Lazio in the previous game.
Udinese Match Form
Coming to their opponents, Udinese is in trouble at the moment and looks set to be dragged into the relegation dogfight this season. After finishing 12th last time around, Le Zebrette stand in 17th place at the moment, with a paltry 15 points from 16 games.
They are just a point away from safety while they are level on points with Sampdoria and Lecce. Thus, interim manager Luca Gotti has a real job on his hands and Cagliari’s visit will be their 4th consecutive game in the Serie A against a top-half team.
After losing 3-1 to Juventus in the last game, Udinese will turn to home support for getting a result in this one.
In terms of team news, the visitors will be without Robin Olsen and Nahitan Nandez due to suspension. Further, Alessio Cragno and Leonardo Pavoletti are ruled out due to injury. Finally, Luca Ceppitelli and Valter Birsa are doubts for the game.
Coming to their opponents, Ken Sema and Samir Santos are the only doubts for the hosts.
Udinese vs Cagliari H2H & Betting Tips
Looking at head-to-head, the home side is the more successful one, with 15 wins in 30 meetings while Cagliari has just 9 wins. None of the last 5 meetings ended in a draw, with Le Zebrette winning 3 of them.
At the Friuli Stadium, the home side has won 2 of their last 3 games. Further, the last 5 meetings have produced 12 goals, and this game can be expected to go on similar lines.
In terms of form, Cagliari lost just once in their last 5 while Udinese is winless in their last 5 league games.
While head-to-head indicates a closer contest, current league positions and recent form point to an away win this time around.
Udinese Predicted XI
Musso; De Maio, Troost-Ekong, Nuytinck; ter Avest, De Paul, Mandragora, Fofana, Larsen; Lasagna, Okaka
Cagliari Predicted XI
Rafael; Cacciatore, Pisacane, Klavan, Lykogiannis; Nandez, Cigarini, Ionita; Pedro, Nainggolan; Simeone