Verona suddenly has become the most anticipated dark horse in Serie A this season after their stunning form and results lately. They held AC Milan and Lazio in a draw in their away fixture and defeated Juventus. This weekend they are on mission to secure their position to play in Europa League
while taking on Cagliari, whose form has been sloping this year after their impressive campaign earlier this season.
Hellas Verona had another draw last weekend against Udinese, which is still struggling for the better position on the table. They were held in a goalless draw. Miguel Veloso and Cos several shots on target were denied by Juan Musso, the Argentian goalie.
Meanwhile, Cagliari failed to win again last weekend while hosting Napoli. They were beaten 0-1 by a single goal from Dries Mertens. Such result carries on their winless negative to eight games. Rolando Maran's men are now sloping to number eleventh of the table but with only three points away from Verona.
Missing players and probable lineups
The former Genoa boss, Ivan Juric tends to employ 3-4-1-2 with the transition to 3-4-2-1. He counts on the attacking midfielders Matteo Pessina, Mattia Zaccagni plus their new signing, Fabio Borini. His pragmatic approach relying on set pieces, rumble in the box and counter attack seems to be effective. Unfortunately, some of their key players will be sidelined due to injury or suspension. They are Fabio Borini, Giampaolo Pazzini and Miguel Veloso.
Verona: Marco Silvestri; Amir Rrahmani, Koray Gunter, Salvatore Bocchetti ; Sofyan Amrabat, Marco Faraoni, Matteo Pessina, Darko Lazovic; Valerio Verre, Mattia Zaccagni; Mariusz Stepinski
Rolando Maran might employ 4-3-1-2 as usual with Giovanni Simeone as a targetman supported by Joao Pedro and the Uruguayan Gaston Perreiro if the former Belgian international, Radja Nainggolan is absent due to injuries or suspension. However, he is now back on the team. Yet, three other players of theirs, Leonardo Pavoletti, Nahitan Nandez and Paolo Farago will still be missing out
Cagliari: Robin Olsen; Luca Ceppitelli, Fabrizio Cacciatorre, Fabio Pisacane, Luca Pelligrini ; Artur Ionita, Luca Cigarini, Marko Rog; Radja Nainggolan, Joao Pedro; Giovanni Simeone.
In the head-to-head encounters, Verona is slightly more dominant. They have won three times and had one draw in the last six outings against Cagliari. Meanwhile, the visitor's side has only unable to win twice.
Verona's form lately is quite in contrast to Cagliari with nine undefeated games consecutively. On the other side, Joao Pedro and Co have been winless in their eleven matches. In this clash, the host is likely to secure three points if the visitors side does not come up with stunning tactics which could end their thirst of victory. However, the return of Radja Nainggolan could also potentially deny the host's prospective three points.
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