Saturday, 23 February 2013

Cagliari V Torino Preview

After last weekend's dramatic victory against Atalanta, the Granata travel to Sardinia knowing that a victory could catapult them into the top half of the table.

Danilo D'Ambrosio has returned from suspension, so he could return to the starting eleven - however it would not be a surprise if Matteo Darmian kept his place, and left back Salvatore Masiello was replaced. Fresh from scoring the winning goal last time out, Valter Birsa should be rewarded with a start, in place of Alen Stevanovic who failed to impress last weekend.

This fixture will be played 'behind-closed-doors' due to safety concerns at Cagliari's Is Arenas stadium, and it will be interesting to see how the lack of supporters effects both teams. Despite numerous off the pitch distractions (their President Massimo Cellino is currently in custody for offences relating to the new stadium) Cagliari have been in impressive form, and are unbeaten in their last six matches. Striker Marco Sau (who scored against Toro for Juve Stabia last season) is Cagliari's main danger man, and he scored twice against Pescara last time out.

Cagliari 1-1 Torino

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