The Serie A title race is over as Juventus claimed their ninth Scudetto in a row over the weekend. The Bianconeri claimed a 2-0 win over Sampdoria to give Maurizio Sarri his first-ever top-flight trophy. The win was only Juventus’s second in six matches as their form has dipped greatly. Now, with the title in tow and the Champions League restart on the horizon, Juventus should head into Wednesday’s game against Cagliari with no pressure on their shoulders.
Cagliari head into the penultimate game of the season in 14th place. The Islanders have no issues with relegation and are 10 points ahead of 18th-placed Lecce. Cagliari were fighting for the top six at one point, but are now winless in their last six games in Serie A. They have lost back to back games in Serie A losing to Lazio 2-1 and Udinese 1-0.
Cagliari have not claimed a result against Juventus since the 2014-15 season. They claimed a 1-1 draw at the Allianz Arena coming from behind to claim a point. Cagliari have not won a match against Juventus since the 2009-10 season. That was a far different Juventus team who were still dealing with the fall out of Calciopoly.
Can Cagliari finally gain a win against Juventus or will the champions continue winning?
Juventus have won seven straight games against Cagliari in Serie A. The Biaconeri have dominated fixtures against the Islanders and that includes a 4-0 win in Turin earlier this season. After finishing the first half nil-nil, Cristiano Ronaldo scored a second-half hat-trick while Gonzalo Higuain added another goal.
Juventus’s away form has been their issues this season. While they are unbeaten at the Allianz Arena Juventus have failed to win eight games on the road with five of those finishing in losses. Their last three Serie A games away from home all ended without a victory.
Cagliari have taken just 22 points from 54 possible at home. All of their last four games at home ended without a win claiming a mere two points from 12 possible. They have posted a positive goal difference with a +2 mark. Cagliari’s last win against Juventus came on Sardinia. With the Bianconeri’s away form and the title being decided, they could claim a rare win over the northerners.
Although Sarri claimed his first title with Juventus, fans and pundits have claimed the club are nowhere near convincing. The Bianconeri will play Lyon in the second leg of the Champions League last-16 down 1-0.
Sarri is without Douglas Costa as an injury has ended the winger’s season. Since moving from Bayern Munich, Costa has had a start-stop career in Italy. He is verging on being a player to promise so much but accomplish so little.
Centre-back Merih Demiral is back in training and was in the Juventus team over the weekend against Sampdoria. He was out for most of the season due to a serious knee injury. Giorgio Chiellini remains out of action due to his own injury problems. Although centre-back Mattijis de Ligt has been in the Juventus team, he is set to undergo shoulder surgery after the season.Sami Khedira and Mattia De Sciglio are also both out of action.
Walter Zenga is without several players heading into the penultimate game of the season. Midfielder Radja Nainggolan is suffering from a thigh muscle strain and is likely to miss out. Luca Pellegrini has a sprained ankle and could make it back for the game. Christian Oliva is in the same position and could return to the team on Wednesday from an ankle issue. Striker Leonardo Pavoletti is out for the remainder of the season. He has a knee injury keeping him on the sidelines until next term.
A penalty in the match: Yes - BET NOW
Cristiano Ronaldo bagged a second-half penalty against Cagliari when the two teams played earlier this season. Ronaldo has scored 33 goals in all competitions with 12 of those strikes coming from the penalty spot. If Juventus get a penalty, Ronaldo will most likely get the chance to step up and score the goal. Sarri could rotate his side and rest key players. However, there are still two games left to go and Juventus need to stay in form ahead of the Champions League restart.
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Eight of the last 13 games between Cagliari and Juventus ended with over 2.5 goals scored. Their match played earlier this season saw the Bianconeri bag all four goals in a thrashing. All four of those goals came in the second half as Cagliari tired and Ronaldo hit a hat-trick. Five of Juventus’s last six Serie A games ended with over 2.5 goals scored.
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The forgotten man at Juventus is Paulo Dybala, who doesn’t get the headlines the Ronaldo does, but still has had a brilliant campaign. The 26-year-old has had such a great season that Juventus are ready to tie him down to a new contract. It is 180-degrees from last summer when Sarri’s arrival seemed to signify Dybala’s departure. It was also believed Ronaldo couldn’t share the limelight with the Argentine forward.
Dybala has scored 11 Serie A goals and tallied 11 assists. He is the glue that holds together the team’s front three. Although Dybala hasn’t scored since matchday 30, he could get back on the scoresheet against Cagliari away.
Although neither team have anything to play for on Wednesday night, Juventus should still come away from Sardinia with a win. The cream will rise to the top as the Bianconeri claim a victory much like the one form earlier this season. Juventus may not win the Champions League, they trail Lyon 1-0 going into the second leg, but they are still the top side in Serie A. That may change next year, but for now, they will finish off the season strongly with a win over Cagliari.
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This match kicks-off at 20:45 UK time on Wednesday 29th July