Cagliari vs Empoli Prediction, 9/22/2021 Serie A Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Cagliari vs Empoli
Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Location: Sardegna Arena in Cagliari, Italy
Odds/Point Spread: Cagliari (+127) Empoli (+198)
Joao Pedro and Cagliari (0-2-2, 19th in Serie A) play Empoli (1-0-3, 17th in Serie A) at Sardegna Arena on Wednesday. The starting goalies are Alessio Cragno for Cagliari and Guglielmo Vicario for Empoli. The Blues are at at +198 while Cagliari are at +127. The O/U is set at 2.75.
Cagliari took the field against Lazio in their last game and finished with a draw by a score of 2-2. Cagliari attempted 14 dribbles in this matchup and were able to convert 7 of those attempts for a percentage of 50.0%. In the passing game, they earned a 72.3% passes received rate by connecting on 198 out of their 274 passing targets last game.
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In terms of shooting accuracy, Cagliari walked away from the pitch at a 30.0% rate by hitting 3 SoT of 10 shots. Cagliari averages 1.75 goals per 90 (7 total goals) and have tallied 5 assists in all matches for the season.
Joao Pedro is a player who should be able to impact this match for Cagliari. Pedro has started 208 games thus far in his career while scoring 0.41 goals per 90. The forward born in Brazil has racked up 84 goals scored in 18,257 professional minutes played. He has totaled 27 assists while earning 48 yellow cards so far in his career.
Someone else who should impact this game is Razvan Marin, the midfielder hailing from Romania. He has helped on a goal 37 times in his pro soccer career and he has scored 27 goals. Marin has totaled 15,288 minutes during 163 starts and has been handed a total of 35 yellow cards. He is averaging 0.16 G/90 for his career.
The man who is expected to defend the goal for Cagliari is Alessio Cragno. Cragno has seen the field for 19,411 mins and is sitting with 695 saves during his soccer career. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.42 (307 goals allowed) and he is the owner of a save % of 71.0. The goalkeeper born in Italy has seen 989 shots attempted against him in 217 career starting assignments. Cragno (59-62-95 mark in his professional soccer career) has accumulated 49 shutouts, which gives him a 22.6% clean sheet percentage.
When they last played, Empoli walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 3-0 against Sampdoria. They wrapped up this contest by connecting on 349 of the 426 attempted passes for a rate of 81.9%. Empoli had a 57.1% successful dribble percentage by connecting on 8 of the 14 dribbles they pursued. Empoli converted 4 shots on target out of their 15 shots attempted earning them a 26.7% rate in their last match. Having a total of 3 goals and 1 assist in all their matches, Empoli sports an average of 0.75 goals and 0.25 assists per 90.
Andrea La Mantia should provide a lift for Empoli. The forward from Italy has been on the field for 9,873 professional minutes while he has scored 53 goals. He has 21 yellow card cautions so far in his career and has assisted on a goal 11 times. He scores 0.48 G/90 and has had a starting assignment in 109 games so far in his career. You should also keep an eye on Leonardo Mancuso, the forward representing Italy. Mancuso has been handed a total of 17 yellow card warnings in 11,383 minutes (131 career starting assignments). His G/90 average in his career is 0.49. He has earned 62 goals in his career while helping on a goal 16 different times.
Guglielmo Vicario will reside in front of the goal for Empoli. Vicario has racked up 18 shutouts while defending 214 shots attempted against him in 7,307 minutes throughout his career. He holds a save percentage of 73.8 and his shutout rate is currently at 22.2%. He has conceded 0.79 goals per 90 minutes and he has earned a mark of 26-23-32. In his career, Vicario has surrendered 64 goals and has earned 159 saves in 81 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's Serie A game against the spread?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Empoli (+198) and under the total goals
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