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Cagliari vs Atalanta – Rampant visitors set to ease past struggling Sardinians

Red hot Duvan Zapata to shine in comfortable win for La Dea
Cagliari vs Atalanta
Atalanta are in good form and are expected to win away at Cagliari (Getty Images)

Cagliari vs Atalanta Match Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


A confident Atalanta team will travel to the Sardegna Arena for an Italian Serie A clash against Cagliari. Driven by the superb Duvan Zapata, the Bergamo based club should be too strong for the struggling hosts and are predicted to secure the win at odds of 1.67.

Cagliari Calcio Form & Team News


Cagliari are going through a rough patch at the moment having failed to win in their last five matches across all competitions. They have suffered three defeats in that run, slipping to 14th on the table with 21 points.

The Sardinians were beaten 3-0 away at Sassuolo last time out in Serie A. Rolando Maran's team were wasteful in front of goal as they missed a number of good goalscoring opportunities.

Striker Leonardo Pavoletti is in the middle of a dry spell having scored once in his last 10 matches across all competitions. The striker is still expected to feature in attack alongside Joao Pedro while Nicolo Barella is suspended.

Atalanta BC Form & Team News


Atalanta are in good form having won four of their last five matches across all competitions. They have risen to seventh in the standings and are just three points behind AC Milan in the final UEFA Champions League place.

La Dea are coming off a famous win in the Coppa Italia as they dispatched champions Juventus 3-0 on Wednesday. Duvan Zapata continued his superb form with a brace after Timothy Castagne had given Gian Piero Gasperini's team the lead.

Zapata has been the man in form for Atalanta lately with 14 goals in his last eight Serie A matches. The striker should continue in attack on Monday with the likes of Josip Ilicic and Alejandro Gomez expected to provide support.

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Atalanta come into this fixture off the back of a massive 3-0 win over Serie A leaders Juventus in the Coppa Italia (Getty Images)

Cagliari vs Atalanta Head-to-Head


Atalanta have a 13-12 advantage with seven draws in 32 previous matches against Cagliari. The hosts however earned a 1-0 victory in the reverse Serie A fixture in Bergamo.

La Dea claimed a win in the Round of 16 of the Coppa Italia at the Sardegna Arena this season with goals from Zapata and Mario Pasalic earning them a 2-0 victory.

Cagliari vs Atalanta Match Up


Cagliari have struggled for form lately with Pavoletti also going through a dry spell in front of goal. The striker has scored just once in his last 10 matches and is likely to struggle against a solid Atalanta defence.

As always, Atalanta will be banking on Zapata to provide the spark in attack having scored 14 goals in his last eight matches. The striker often combines well with the likes of Ilicic and Gomez and all three men are expected to get the better of Cagliari.

Duvan Zapata
Atalanta striker Duvan Zapata has scored 14 goals in his last eight Serie A matches (Getty Images)

Cagliari vs Atalanta Key Statistics


  • Cagliari have lost 3 of their last 4 matches (all competitions).
  • Atalanta have won 4 of their last 5 matches (all competitions).
  • Atalanta have won 5 of their last 7 away matches (Serie A).
  • Atalanta's Duvan Zapata has scored 14 goals in his last 8 matches (Serie A).

Verdict


Atalanta are in good form at the moment, claiming four wins from their last five matches. With Duvan Zapata leading the line, they have scored 19 goals in that run should be too strong for a struggling Cagliari team.

I am tipping Atalanta to secure the win on Monday while Zapata’s run of 14 goals in eight Serie A matches makes him my pick for first goalscorer.

Best Bet: Atalanta Win @ 1.67 at bet365 – 6 Units
First Goalscorer Tip: Duvan Zapata @ 4.33 at bet365 – 3 Units

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