Hellas Verona vs. Cagliari 6/20/20 Serie A Soccer Prediction and Picks
Cagliari (8-8-9) at Hellas Verona (9-8-8)
Serie A Soccer: Saturday June 20, 2020 at 3:45 pm (Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi)
The Line: Hellas Verona +110 / Draw +235 / Cagliari +260 -- O/U: 2.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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Hellas Verona and Cagliari square off in Serie A soccer action from the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi on Saturday afternoon.
Hellas Verona come into this match in 8th position, sitting tied with Parma on 35 points with a record of 9 wins, 8 draws and 8 losses after a 2-1 loss to Sampdoria in their last match before Serie A was halted due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. In the loss to Sampdoria, Verona took the lead just after the half hour mark thanks to an own goal from Sampdoria, and the goal would hold going into the second half, but Sampdoria would tie the game at one in the 77th minute and take the lead in the 86th from the penalty spot. Verona would attempt to tie the game late, but Sampdoria would hold on for the win, sending Hellas back empty-handed. Giampaolo Pazzini leads Verona in scoring with 4 goals on the year while Darko Lazovic and Mattia Zaccagni each have a team-high 4 assists for Verona this season. Marco Silvestri is the #1 goalkeeper for Hellas Verona, conceding 0.96 goals per 90 minutes with 9 clean sheets in 25 league appearances this season.
Cagliari on the other hand, come into the match in 12th place with a record of 8 wins, 8 draws and 9 losses following a 3rd straight defeat in the form of a 4-3 loss to Roma in their last match before the hiatus. In the loss to Roma, Cagliari took the lead in the 28th minute thanks to Joao Pedro’s goal, but Roma would tie the game at one just a minute later and take a 2-1 lead three minutes before the half. Roma would push their lead to 3-1 in the 64th, but Cagliari would respond in the 75th thanks to Gaston Pereiro. Roma restored the two-goal cushion in the 81st but Pedro would pick up his brace in the 89th minute, potting a rebound after missing from the penalty spot. Cagliari had their chances as well late, but it wasn’t enough as Roma held on for the win on the road. Pedro leads Cagliari in scoring with 16 goals on the year while Giovanni Simeone has 6 goals and Radja Nainggolan has 5 goals with a team-high 6 assists this season.
The slight plus money with Verona is tempting as Cagliari was skidding coming into the break, losing three straight while Verona’s been one of the better home teams in Serie A this season. However, there will be no fans for Verona so home field is essentially gone, and even still, it’s going to be an adjustment process across the board as this becomes the new normal for the foreseeable future. I think both sides take a somewhat cautious approach in their first game, so I’ll take the draw as I see this being a 0-0 or 1-1 game when all is said and done.