Roma vs. Cagliari Pick – Serie A December 23, 2020

Serie A in Italy has the most matches in Europe on Wednesday, as a total of eight matches are expected to be played through the country. This elite European league tends to produce some entertaining matches, and hopefully there are a few on the docket on Wednesday. The most intriguing matchup has to be in Milan between AC Milan and Lazio.

AC Milan are dealing with a rash of injuries right now, so they could be ripe for an upset at home against Lazio. This is the final matchday on the Serie A schedule before going on Christmas break. It’s important not to look ahead to the break and take Wednesday off. You know when it was the final day of school or work before vacation and you slacked off. That’s what I mean and it can happen to players as well.

The top of the Serie A table is AC Milan with a record of 9-4-0 and 31 points. They hold a point advantage on Inter Milan for top honours in Serie A. AC and Inter are currently clear of the competition by a fairly healthy distance. Inter Milan’s 30 points is good for a six-point advantage over Napoli and Juventus, who are tied for third with 24 points.

Juventus had the slow start at the beginning of the 2020-21 campaign, and then needed a minute to warm up when Ronaldo came back into the fold. Yesterday was a baffling day for Juventus, though, as they were not interested and were spanked for a 3-0 loss versus Fiorentina at home. Roma are tied with Juventus and Napoli with 24 points as well. If things were decided today, Roma would have to settle for the Europa League.

Roma are one of those clubs that is impressive against inferior opponents, but can’t seem to get over the hump and disrupt elite clubs. It’s been frustrating for Roma fans, who have a good team in their corner, but consistently get upstaged by the top tier in Serie A. Roma goes into Wednesday with a record of 7-3-3. They welcome 3-5-5 Cagliari to Roma on Wednesday. Cagliari are looking for their first win in Serie A since November 7 against Sampdoria. Head below for our free Roma vs. Cagliari pick for December 23, 2020.

Roma vs. Cagliari Serie A Betting Odds:

Spread:

  • Roma -1.5 (-119)
  • Cagliari +1.5 (-101)
Moneyline:

  • Roma -333
  • Cagliari +825
  • Draw +420
Total:

  • Over 3.5 (-105)
  • Under 3.5 (-115)

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Roma vs. Cagliari Prediction:

Roma reached the Europa League with a record of 21-7-10 and 70 points last season. They got hot with four straight wins to edge past AC Milan. Roma are just about in the same spot they were last year. They’re a good club, though not excellent and still have improvement to be made if they’re going to start threatening for the Serie A title and earn a spot in the Champions League. Roma are coming off a 4-1 loss against Atalanta on the road.

Prior to that match, Roma bypassed Bologna, 5-1, and Torino, 3-1. That sounds about right for Roma. Lose against a capable club like Atalanta after beating up on inferior competition. Torino is facing relegation, while Bologna is 14th in the Serie A table. Roma has been in their best form at home, where they’ve scored an average of 2.5 goals and conceded 0.83 per match in the 2020-21 campaign. That is called domination for Roma.

They’ve struggled mightily on the road, but Stadio Olimpico has been a friendly environment for them. Cagliari head to Stadio Olimpico with a record of 3-5-5 and 14 points. They are looking for their first win since beating a 2-0 win over Sampdoria on November 7. In their last two matches, Cagliari collected two points, with draws against Udinese, 1-1, and Verona, 0-0.

Their effort on the road has been nothing to get excited about, as they’ve netted 1.50 goals and 1.33 goals against. They will be without Alessandro Tripaldelli and Paolo Farago on the pitch today. This match looks like another case of Roma beating up on a lowly opponent. Cagliari is by no means the worst that Serie A has to offer, but they likely don’t have the talent on Wednesday to keep up with Roma at Stadio Olimpico. A final score of 2-0 looks accurate.

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