Cagliari vs. Atalanta 7/5/20 Serie A Soccer Prediction and Picks
Atalanta (18-6-5) at Cagliari (10-9-10)
La Liga Soccer: Sunday July 5, 2020 at 1:30 PM (Sardegna Arena)
The Line: Cagliari +450 / Draw +365 / Atalanta -200 -- O/U: 3.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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Cagliari and Atalanta duke it out in Serie A soccer action from the Sardegna Arena on Sunday afternoon.
Cagliari comes into this one sitting in 9th place with a record of 10 wins, 9 draws and 10 losses tied with Parma on 39 points after a 1-1 draw with Bologna in their last match. In the tie with Bologna, Cagliari fell behind right before the half in the second minute of first-half stoppage time, but Giovanni Simeone would score right out of the break to give Cagliari the equalizer that they were looking for. Cagliari would find the net with all three of their shot attempts in the second half, but none of them would beat Bologna’s goalkeeper, leading the two sides to settle for a sharing of the points at full time. Joao Pedro leads Cagliari in scoring with 17 goals this season while the aforementioned Simeone has 10 goals with 3 assists and Radja Nainggolan has 6 goals and a team-high 7 assists on the year.
Atalanta on the other hand, enter this one as winners of seven straight league appearances and unbeaten in their last nine Serie A matchups after picking up a 2-0 win over Napoli in their last outing. The win over Napoli has Atalanta sitting in 4th on 60 points with a record of 18 wins, 6 draws and 5 losses this season. In the win over Napoli, the first half was clean, no bookings but no scoring either. In the second half, Mario Pasalic gave Atalanta the lead two minutes after the half and Robin Gosens would push the lead to 2-0 eight minutes after that. That was all that Atalanta would need as Napoli wouldn’t be able to breach Atalanta’s goal the rest of the way. Josip Ilicic and Luis Muriel each have a team-high 15 goals with Ilicic adding 5 asists while Duvan Zapata has 14 goals with 5 assists. Gosens has 9 goals with 6 assists while Alejandro Gomez has a team-high 15 assists this season. Pierluigi Gollini is Atalanta’s top goalkeeper, conceding 1.23 goals per 90 minutes with 6 clean sheets in 26 league appearances this season.
Cagliari’s gotten off to a pretty good start since the restart, picking up seven of a possible nine points in their last three matches. However, Spal, Torino and Bologna aren’t quite of the caliber that Atalanta is bringing to the table this season. Atalanta’s been the highest scoring team in Serie A this season, but the win over Napoli proved that Atalanta can get the job done defensively as well. Eight of the last nine meetings have seen one team held scoreless and the away team’s won the last four, so I’m going to side with Atalanta to win to nil as my main bet for this match while another option is to take Atalanta’s team total over two goals as Atalanta’s scored two or more goals in each of their last nine league matches.