Midweek game at Unipol Domus for Cagliari, which hosts Empoli. The Rossoblùs are looking for confirmation after the good performance offered on Sunday at Olimpico against Lazio, in the first match of Walter Mazzarri on the bench, and above all, of the first victory in the league. So far Cagliari has achieved 1 point in 2 home games: it is necessary to make a big turn, both in terms of the game and the results. Empoli are an opponent to be viewed with due respect, but still within reach. Especially for the determined, tough and qualitative Cagliari admired in Rome, with Joao Pedro in great evidence. The Brazilian's form (4 goals so far and two assists: he is the player who has contributed to the most goals in Serie A) is a guarantee for a team that wants to leave the low places of the table soon.
Grits and willingness to achieve the 3-point goal; skill and flair to blow up Empoli's defensive mechanism; great attention not to be surprised by the fast opponents turn-overs. These are the prerogatives that Cagliari will have to put in place to win the full stakes. Never underestimate an Empoli capable of winning at Allianz.
In addition to the injured Ceter, not even Zappa, suspended, will be available to Mazzarri. For having avalaible Godin and Strootman, the coach will wait for the last training session tomorrow morning. It must be verified whether Mazzarri will initially propose a 4-4-2 which has given solidity to the team or will choose a more hazardous line-up, seeing the different tactical script proposed by the match.
Empoli have 3 points in the standings, the result of the unexpected win at Juventus on the second day. For the Tuscans it is the second away match of the season, while they always lost only at “Castellani”. Nevertheless, Andreazzoli's team remains dangerous: due to its characteristics, it seems more inclined to express itself better away rather than home. Watch out the young offensive duo Pinamonti-Cutrone.
Marco Di Bello from Brindisi will referee his second match of the season.
The rest of the referee team: assistants: Daniele Bindoni from Venice and Damiano Margani from Latina. Fourth official: Antonio Giua from Olbia. VAR employees: Daniele Doveri from Rome1 and Fabiano Preti from Mantua.
Empoli have the advantage in the Serie A challenges between the two teams (14): 6 wins at 5. Three draws complete the balance sheet.
Cagliari have never lost at home to the Tuscans and are unbeaten in the last three midweek league games.
The Rossoblù have won 2 of the last 3 home games against the newly promoted.
Keita Baldé seems to be angry with the Tuscan teams: he scored 4 goals at Empoli, as well as Fiorentina. Against no team in the Italian league has he scored more.
Aurelio Andreazzoli is ahead in the balance of the matches with Walter Mazzarri: two games, two victories for the Empoli coach.
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