Spal vs. Cagliari 6/23/20 Serie A Soccer Prediction and Picks
Cagliari (8-8-10) at Spal (5-3-16)
Serie A Soccer: Tuesday June 23, 2020 at 1:30 pm (Stadio Paolo Mazza)
The Line: Spal +160 / Draw +225 / Cagliari +170 -- O/U: 2.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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Spal host Cagliari in Serie A soccer action from the Stadio Paolo Mazza on Tuesday afternoon.
Spal come into this match in the relegation zone, sitting in 19th place on 18 points with a record of 5 wins, 3 draws and 18 losses after a 1-0 win over Parma in their last league match before Serie A was forced to pause due to the Coronavirus outbreak. In the win over Parma, the game would be scoreless at the half and for a good chunk of the second half before Andrea Pelagna would give Spal the lead from the penalty spot in the 71st minute. Parma would own 67% possession in the second half, but wouldn’t be able to find the equalizer as Spal held on for a huge victory. Pelagna leads Spal in scoring with 11 goals this season while Gabriel Strefezza and Mirko Valdifiori each have a team-high 2 assists. Etrit Berisha is Spal’s top goalkeeper, conceding 1.58 goals per 90 minutes with 3 clean sheets in 26 league appearances this season.
Cagliari on the other hand, come into this match in 11th place with a record of 8 wins, 8 draws and 10 losses after a 2-1 loss to Verona in their last league appearance. In the loss to Verona, Cagliari fell behind in the 14th minute and then went 2-0 down in the 26th minute. Cagliari were given a lifeline in the 35th with Verona went down to ten men, and Cagliari would take advantage in the 43rd, pulling a goal back to make it 2-1 heading into the second half. Cagliari would own 63% possession in the second half, and put forth 10 attempts at goal, but only one shot would find the target and Cagliari wouldn’t find the equalizing goal the rest of the way. Joao Pedro leads Cagliari in scoring with 16 goals this season while Giovanni Simeone has 7 goals and Radja Nainggolan has 5 goals and a team-high 6 assists. Rubin Olsen is Cagliari’s #1 goaltender, conceding 1.44 goals per 90 minutes this season.
It’s hard for me to pick a side here, as Spal isn’t a team I’m looking to back, especially with there being no fans in the stands to give Spal that extra push. On the other side, Cagliari’s on a 12-game winless run, and while they’ve had some success on the road and gone unbeaten in six all-time meetings with Spal with five wins, Cagliari’s not a team that’s worth backing with much confidence anyways. Instead of trying to pick a side, I’m going to side with the draw as I just don’t see there being enough to put one team ahead of the other.