place in the Serie A. The fourth worst attack in the league with 29
goals scored – only 6 more than rock-bottom Catania, who claim the
fewest scored so far. With 41 goals allowed, they have the number 10
ranked defense, level with that of Parma.
These are the stats that describe Roma’s next opponent: Diego Lopez’s
Cagliari. But while it certainly doesn’t seem like ‘Mission Impossible’
to the Giallorossi, it’s by no means a game to be taken lightly.
We can also add that the Sardinian side is dangerous most of all when
playing at home: 25 of their total 32 points have come at the Stadio
Sant’Elia. On their own turf their record is: 16 games played, 7 wins, 4
draws, 5 losses, 22 goals scored and 23 let in.
The Rossoblù won their most recent home game against Verona 1-0. It’s
their only victory in their last 5 matches, with the other results being
3 losses and a draw over those 450 minutes (not including injury time).
Cagliari have 7 fewer points compared to last season at this stage,
when they were sitting with 39 points and mathematically safe from
The players who have surpassed the 2,000-minute mark are defenders
Astori and Rossettini, and midfielders Conti and Dessena. No forward has
reached this milestone yet this season. The most utilized players in
the attack have been Sau (1,777 minutes), Ibarbo (1,664) and Pinilla
Sau and Pinilla, in fact, along with Nenê (two goals in his last two
games), represent the team’s main source of goals, with 5 each. This
also shows that they have no player in double-digits scoring figures
yet, whereas last year Sau had already notched 11 by Week 31.
In their last game, which they lost 2-1 to Torino, Cagliari lined up in
a 4-3-1-2 formation: Avramov between the posts; Pisano, Rossettini,
Astori and Avelar in defense; Eriksson, Cabrera and Conti in midfield;
Ekdal supporting the striking pair of Ibraimi and Nenê. –