Hellas Verona vs. Cagliari / Serie A – In the 31st round of Italian Serie A we have match between two teams positioned very close to the bottom of table as next-to-last Verona meets 15th-placed Cagliari, which at the moment has significant seven points more. Right because of that it is quite clear that the home team will be under much stronger pressure on Sunday, which lost three previous matches, while last autumn it lost league match played in Cagliari by 2-1. Begins: 08.04.2018 – 15:00 CET
Each of remaining eight matches is decisive for Verona given that at the moment this team has four points fewer than 17th-places SPAL and two than 18th-positioned Crotone. True, Chievo, Cagaliari and Sassuolo are still not too far as they have just five points more than teams in the drop zone. Accordingly, ahead of Verona is bitter survival struggle, especially as Crotone and Verona finally wake up, as each of the two teams has three-game losing streak at the moment.
We need to say that Verona missed a very good opportunity in previous round when it played away with already written-off Benevento but team led by manager Pecchi had totally underperformed in the match and now they have to try to avoid express return to the Serie B in much harder way. However, as long as there is a hope that can survive Verona’s players will surely give their maximum and now against Cagliari we expect to play from the first minute on all or nothing, although still out of action due to injuries are stopper Heurtaux, and forward Matos and Kean.
Probable lineups Hellas Verona: Nicolas – Ferrari, Caracciolo, Vukovic, Fares – Romulo, Buchel, Valoti, Verde – Cerci, Petkovic
We have said earlier that the guests from Sardinia are also preoccupied with survival worries in the finish of season given that at the moment only five points separate them from the drop zone. They got there after losing in two previous rounds, to Torino at home and Genoa away. Naturally, manager Lopez cannot be satisfied at all with such development, especially as they had a good start of second half of season and at one point were even close to the middle of table.
Now, they have again to worry about survival in the Serie A and all this happen ahead of away match with one of direct competitors in that struggle, Verona, which on the other hand is in crisis and the match is for Cagliari an ideal chance to win perhaps the key points. However, big problem for Cagliari are numerous absences and due to injuries this match will skip midfielder Cigarini and forward Farias, while defenders Ceppitelli and Andreolli, and offensive midfielder Joao Pedro are suspended.
Probable lineups Cagliari: Cragno – Romagna, Pisacane, Castan – Farago, Ionita, Barella, Padoin, Lykogiannis – Sau, Pavoletti
Hellas Verona – Cagliari PICK
It is somewhat surprising that bookies underestimate Verona given that just seven points separate this team from 15th-placed Cagliari, which is why we believe that the home team can at least pull a draw in the worst case scenario.
Pick: Asian handicap +0.5 Verona
Odds: 1.75 at betvictor (down to 1.70 can be played)