Serie A – Napoli at home to Cagliari

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Serie A action on Sunday as Napoli and Cagliari meet at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona – 8:45pm GMT.

Leaders Napoli are currently 18·places higher than their opponents Cagliari, when the two sides meet, they will sit in first and nineteenth positions respectively.

To retain first position in the Serie A is Napoli’s target this week

Can Napoli make it three out of three, having turned over Sampdoria 0-4 and Udinese 0-4 in their last two games?

They are the team to beat, with 15 points and sitting at the top of the table having won five games.

Napoli have won two fixtures of their two League matches at home this season.

The ultimate prize this season will be for Napoli to finish top of the Serie A and secure automatic qualification for the Champion’s League. However, they must play each game as it comes and secure the points, if that is to be achieved.

Napoli may have to resort to second choice players, given the number of first choice players that are now unavailable through injury, illness or suspension.

Cagliari under pressure for a result as they go to fancied Napoli on Sunday

Cagliari need a positive result from this game, if they are to move their season forward. Their last match resulted in a loss to Empoli, before that they drew away to Lazio, 2-2.

Cagliari may not want to consider the prospect of relegation this season, but they are going to have to change their ways if they are to avoid it. They have lost three of four meetings. With nineteenth, they currently sit two points in the League drawn two games and lost three matches.

Playing away from home, Cagliari have drawn one game and lost one game.

A victory for Cagliari would put them on 5 points.

Cagliari’s squad will likely be depleted of two of their key players when they start on Sunday, due to injury or illness.

Napoli v Cagliari – Head-to-Head.

This fixture has historically favoured the locals, in terms of results.Napoli have recorded 19 victories and 15 draws. In addition, in eight of the last 13 games between these sides, the result has been a draw. The last time both teams met in this competition was May 2021 and the score line ended up with a 1-1 draw. Previous matches between this pair have been high-scoring affairs and the odds of both sides finding the net on Sunday are high (51.81%) so it should be an entertaining match.

Napoli to win – probability = 80.65 percent.