Do-or-Die Match for Both
With only two games left, Inter Milan is two points behind AC Milan at the top of the Italian Serie A. On the other hand, Cagliari is sitting in 18th place, one point behind Salernitana. Finishing in the last three would send the Islanders to the Serie B.
With all that in mind, I think it’s fair to declare this match as the Game of the Week. As expected, the Nerazzurri come in as the soccer betting favorites at -265.
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports and Italy Serie A odds for Cagliari vs Inter Milan. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider.
Cagliari Needs Help
For Cagliari, winning isn’t enough. Besides pulling off the stunner, the Islanders need for Salernitana to lose or draw against Empoli. The problem is that Empoli has absolutely nothing to play for.
That wouldn’t be necessary if Cagliari had beaten Salernitana last week. The game ended 1-1 thanks to a very late goal from Giorgio Altare, who scored for the Islanders at 99 minutes. Both teams finished the game with 10 players due to a red card.
Cagliari owns a 3-6-9 record when playing at home. Most recently, the Islanders lost 2-1 to Hellas Verona. Prior to that, they defeated Sassuolo 1-0. Another positive aspect is that they scored in each of their last three games, allowing them to regain some confidence.
For Cagliari to have a chance, Joao Pedro, the team’s top scorer with 13 goals, must play the game of his life. After all, they’ll be facing one of the top three defenses in the league.
The home side is offering a +625 price in the sportsbook. Tempting enough considering the total payout, based on a $100 bet, would be $725. Also, the Islanders have no major injury concerns.
Inter Milan: Extra Motivated
Midweek, Inter Milan won the Coppa Italia for the first time since the 2010-11 season. The Nerazzurri defeated Juventus in an epic battle that ended 4-2. Juventus was up 2-1, but Hakan Calhanoglu evened the score 10 minutes prior to the end, forcing overtime. Ivan Perisic then became the hero by scoring two goals in a three-minute span.
That should be more than enough for Inter to face Cagliari extra motivated. That and the fact that losing the match could grant the title to AC Milan. The Nerazzurri are trying to win back-to-back Serie A titles for the first time since 2010. Coincidence?
Last week, Inter suffered more than expected against Napoli but ended up winning 4-2. The Nerazzurri overcame a two-goal deficit thanks to Simone Romagnoli (own goal), Lautaro Martinez (two goals) and Alexis Sanchez.
Martinez has had a great season. He’s the team’s top scorer with 19 goals. Cagliari has scored 33 goals in total. Martinez is followed by Edin Dzeko with 13 goals and Calhanoglu with seven. Any of them can tip the balance in favor of the Nerazzurri.
Inter has only lost two games when playing on the road (10-6-2). The thing is, they can’t even afford to draw on Sunday. That urgency makes them an even more attractive soccer pick. The Nerazzurri are used to handling the pressure.
Cagliari vs Inter Milan Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 93
- Cagliari Victories: 16 (94 goals)
- Inter Milan Victories: 47 (166 goals)
- Draws: 30
Inter Milan had no trouble fulfilling its role as soccer odds favorite in the first meeting between the two. The Nerazzurri crushed Cagliari 4-0 with Martinez as the Man of the Match after scoring two goals. Sanchez and Calhanoglu also scored.
In their last 10 encounters, the Islanders only won once (8-1-1). Inter scored in all 10 games and finished with a clean sheet four times.
Cagliari vs Inter Milan Game Information
- Date: Sunday
- Time: 2:45 p.m. ET
- Location: Arena Cerdena, Cagliari
- Cagliari vs Inter Milan Live Stream: fubo.tv
Cagliari vs Inter Milan Betting Lines
Cagliari vs Inter Milan Prediction
Yes, both sides must go all-in right from the start, but Inter Milan’s depth will end up making the difference. The Nerazzurri’s offensive power is just too much. We’re talking about the league’s top scoring team with an average of 2.1 goals per game. They scored three or more goals in four of their last six games in all competitions. Cagliari will score, making the total go over, but Inter will get the three points, again.
Score Prediction: Inter Milan 3, Cagliari 1