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Juventus vs. Cagliari Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
18 November 2020
Saturday 21 November
Allianz Stadium - Serie A
Serie A champions Juventus are looking to build up some momentum as they return from the international break against Cagliari on Saturday night. It’s a tough assignment for the visitors, but the Islanders can take hope from their most recent result against the usually dominant Old Lady.
Cagliari beat Juventus 2-0 at the end of July, ending a run of 19 games without a win against the Bianconeri. That result also ended a sequence of seven straight victories for Juve in this fixture, where the Old Lady scored 19 goals and conceded only one.
The hosts are sweating on the fitness of a number of key players, with Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini and Paulo Dybala all on the treatment table. Aaron Ramsey, Adrien Rabiot and Federico Chiesa are also set to miss this game through injury.
Visiting coach Eusebio Di Francesco has a much brighter picture in front of him on the injury front. Simone Pinna is the only player definitely out of this game, although Zito Luvumbo is also a doubt with a muscular problem.
Juventus vs. Cagliari Preview and Predictions
Cagliari haven’t won away at Juventus since January 2009. They may have ended Juve’s reign of terror the last time they played the champions, but the Old Lady already had their ninth straight scudetto sewn up by the time that game was played.
The Bianconeri will be a different proposition this weekend, even if Andrea Pirlo is yet to get the best out of his players as the Juventus head coach. The Italian has had a couple of weeks to reflect and plan with the majority of his players away on international duty, and we shall see if that makes any difference to how his team plays here.
Despite their struggles so far this term, Juve remain unbeaten in Serie A. They’ve slipped to four draws in their opening seven games, which is why they trail early pacesetters Milan by four points, but there’s hardly a state of emergency in Turin just yet. As such, talk of Pirlo’s job being under threat is utter nonsense.
And yet, Cagliari will look to pile the pressure onto Pirlo’s shoulders by picking up a second straight victory over the champions this weekend. It’s going to be a tough ask for a team who’ve won three and lost three of their first seven Serie A fixtures, with the visitors 8.50 for the win on Saturday night. Juve are 1.35, while you can back the draw at 5.75.
Juventus to win to nil at 2.30
Before losing to Cagliari in their most recent meeting, which was a dead rubber for Juve, the Turin giants had only conceded one goal in seven games against the Islanders.
Juventus to win 3-0 at 9.00
Juve scored 19 goals in those seven matches, at an average of 2.7 per game. They may be struggling a little so far this season, but the Bianconeri struck four against Cagliari in last season’s corresponding fixture and are huge favourites here.