The Serie A season is starting to wind down, including Thursday’s showdown between Cagliari Calcio and S.S. Lazio. Current betting odds list Lazio as a 1-goal favorite while the straight-up moneyline is -217. Meanwhile, Cagliari’s moneyline is +483 while a draw is listed at +348. Finally, the over/under for total goals is 3.25. Let’s find out how these teams arrive to this Cagliari Vs Lazio so you can make your bets against their Serie A odds.
Serie A – Cagliari Vs Lazio
At the moment, Cagliari is just playing out the season. They are comfortably mid-table in Serie A and not in danger of being relegated. However, with a strong finish, the Islanders can finish in the top half of the table and improve considerably over last season when they finished 15th. Walter Zenga’s team will also be eager to get a win for the first time since June, going six straight matches without a victory.
Meanwhile, Lazio is still jockeying for position at the top of the table. Winning Serie A is out of the question, but the Eagles still have a chance to beat out Inter Milan and Atalanta for second place in the league. The good news is that a Champions League spot for next season is already secured, so the pressure is off Lazio to some extent.
When the Serie A season was shut down amidst the pandemic, Lazio was in an ideal position to challenge Juventus for the title. However, Simone Inzaghi’s side has struggled since play resumed in late June. Ahead of Lazio’s showdown with Juventus over the weekend, the Eagles were 2-4-1 since the restart. A scoreless draw last week with Udinese snapped a three-game losing skid, but things have gotten truly Ugly for Lazio in July.
Despite having one of the best defensive records in Italy, Lazio has conceded multiple goals in over half its games since the season resumed in June. At the same time, star strike Ciro Immobile has gone cold in July, making Lazio’s previously potent attack a shadow of what we saw from the Italian side earlier this season.
Cold as Ice
Speaking of an attack going cold, that’s exactly what has happened to Cagliari in July. The Islanders failed to score in four straight games before snatching a goal over the weekend against Sassuolo. The good news is that leading scorer João Pedro scored in the 1-1 draw against Sassuolo after finding the back of the net just once in his first seven games since the restart. Unfortunately, outside of the Brazilian, Cagliari just doesn’t have enough potential match-winners in the squad.
Meanwhile, Cagliari’s defense is a tick below average with regard to containing the attack of opposing teams. Thanks to their recent offensive woes, the Islanders have seen their goal differential on the season dip into negative territory. There is immense pressure on the Calgary backline these days to keep a clean sheet to give the team any chance of collecting points.
Lazy with Lazio
There should be no doubt that Lazio is the better team in this game. However, they are untrustworthy as such heavy favorites given their form since the restart. Despite Cagliari’s recent struggles to score goals, they are more than capable of holding a dysfunctional Lazio team to a draw. With a high payout if the score ends up even, the most value is betting on Lazio and Cagliari playing to a draw.