Juventus have been leading the Serie A for one more season, and this time around they also have Cristiano Ronaldo in their arsenal. They have been really great so far in the season and will now have a solid chance to extend it when they will host Cagliari on Saturday. Cagliari have been mediocre overall in the season, but they have been great lately.
Date/Time: 11-3-2018, 16:30 EDT
Spread: Cagliari +2
Total: 3 Goals
Juventus (9-1-0) are coming into this match after a not so easy win on the road against Empoli last week. Their opponents actually took the lead in that match and were quite competitive, but Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals in the second and granted Juventus a nice 2-1 win. Prior to that they defeated Manchester United by 1-0 on the road in the Champions League. They have won 12 of their 13 matches and are of course undefeated in all competitions so far. They have also kept 7 clean sheets in the process, which grants them the 2nd best defense with just 7 conceded goals. They are comfortably sitting at the top of the Serie A with 28 points, three points ahead of Napoli. Juventus have won five of their six matches at home so far in the season (5-0-1), conceding three.
On the other hand, Cagliari (3-3-4) played a really balanced match at home against Chievo last week. They made a great start though, as they took the lead at the 15th minute and doubled that at the 59th before conceding once for the final 1-2 win. Prior to that they held a strong Fiorentina side to a 1-1 draw on the road, and have lost just once in their last five (2-1-2). Cagliari are now sitting at the 12th spot of the Serie A with 13 points, featuring the 2nd worst offense in the league with just 9 goals so far. However, they also have the 4th best defense in the league with just 11 conceded goals. They haven’t had much luck on the road though (1-3-1), where all their matches had Under 2.5 Goals.
Juventus won both matches with clean sheets last season, a 0-3 here before a slim 1-0 on the road. They have not lost in their last 16 matches against Cagliari since 2009 (13-0-3), and have also been excellent as hosts in the past two decades (9-1-5).
Juventus are also one of the teams that have a Champions League match coming up in just a few days. They will most likely record one of their usual so-called “professional” wins by a small deficit. I will look for the 0-2 (+497) and 0-3 (+552) correct scores for Juventus win and for them to cover the spread.
Serie A Juventus vs Cagliari Prediction: Juventus -2 (-105)
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