Cagliari is chasing their first victory in this league. At Unipol Domus, they will play Venezia; the Rossoblù will have to prove that they have left behind the ghosts of the previous home game against Empoli. It will be a match to win, to climb the table and try to shake up the season. Venezia does not want to play the part of the designed victim: it is a team with a well-defined attitude and never gives up. They won in Empoli and last Monday stopped Torino at home: an opponent not to be handled with care.
Venezia prefers having the ball, even if they risk something like that. Quality, pace, intensity: prerogatives on which the rossoblù team will have to focus in this sort of battle for salvation, even if we are just on the seventh day. Repeating the negative approach of the match against Empoli would be suicide, also because then mending things during the game is not easy. It is necessary to take the opponent by the throat from the starting whistle, manage the forces in the best possible way, pass over complicated moments, avoiding the specter of the fear of winning peeping out. The spirit and the desire to take it home will count more than any technical-tactical speech.
In addition to Damir Ceter, will also be out Dalbert, already out in Naples. For the rest, Walter Mazzarri will be able to count on the full squad, including Diego Farias. It must evaluate the conditions of some players returning from injuries, such as Leonardo Pavoletti.
Lezzerini, Haps and Sigurdsson are unavailable. The forfeit of midfielder Vacca is also likely.
The game will be refereed by Manuel Volpi from Arezzo: it will be his second direction of this season.
The rest of the referee team: assistants: Alberto Tegoni from Milan and Alessio Tolfo from Pordenone. Fourth official: Matteo Marchetti of Ostia Lido. VAR: Luca Banti from Livorno and Rodolfo Di Vuolo from Castellammare di Stabia
Cagliari and Venice return to face each other in Serie A after 21 years: the first match dates back to November 1966, 4-0 for the rossoblù at Amsicora. In the following 5 encounters, Venezia remained undefeated.
Venezia have scored 4 goals so far, the worst attack in Serie A.
Venezia could become the 30th team faced by João Pedro in Serie A. The Brazilian scored the goal against 26 of these: with the Cagliari shirt only Gigi Riva did better (scored against 28 different teams).
Walter Mazzarri and Paolo Zanetti face each other for the first time.
WHERE TO FOLLOW IT
Cagliari-Venezia will be broadcast live exclusively on DAZN, available for smart TVs, tablets and smartphones.
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