Face to face, Cagliari and Benevento to gain a place in the next Serie A. It will not a decisive match, no matter how it will end: still three games will have to be played right after that and some other teams could fight in order not to be relegated. For sure, whoever wins, will achieve a good advantage, not only in the table, but also about the moral and trust.
Cagliari has 1 point of advantage; they reached 10 points in 4 games: the tie achieved in Naples last Sunday has been stunning and a good boost, waiting for the next games.
All the players are available, except for Pereiro and Sottil.
Benevento until few weeks ago seemed to have reached a tranquil place in the table, especially after the Allianz Stadium win against Juventus; then the wind has turned but it would be a huge mistake to think of a team in crisis: their roster is made of expert players, guided by a manager with a strong philosophy.
They lost the last two games and the last two home games. Not availables: Moncini, Foulon, Sau and Iago Falque, while Letizia e Tuia will be back.
Joao Pedro has been left out in Naples, but surely will play on Sunday. The brazilian will play alongside Pavoletti, who scored twice to Benevento in injury time. Also Marin will be back.
The Benevento strikers are all dangerous: Gaich, Lapadula and Caprari, while Marco Sau, protagonist in the game played at Sardegna Arena, is out for injure.
The game will be refereed by Daniele Doveri from Roma1.
Linesmen will be Fabiano Preti from Mantova and Alberto Tegoni from Milano.
Fourth official: Ivano Pezzuto from Lecce.
VAR: Paolo Mazzoleni from Bergamo and Ciro Carbone from Napoli,
It will be the fourth match in history of Serie A, after that of the first leg (2-1 Benevento's win in Sardinia) and the double fotofinish Cagliari's win (2-1) in the 2017-18 season.
Cagliari have won only four of their last 18 Serie A matches against teams coming from "Serie B" (7N, 7P), after a series of seven consecutive wins.
Cagliari achieved three wins and a draw, it was from December 2019 that they had not remained undefeated for at least four consecutive games in Serie A (series reached 13).