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Cagliari vs Empoli Predictions

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      Cagliari were dumped out of the Coppa Italia on Monday, but will they return to winning ways in the league? They were beaten 2-0 against Atalanta earlier this week, so they switch their focus back to the league. They finished the first half of the season with a gap beneath them and above them. How their campaign will go from here could depend on their first league game of 2019, as they meet a struggling Empoli side. Will they put more distance between themselves and the strugglers?

      Cagliari are short of 12th placed Parma by five points, so they’re cut adrift from the battle for the top seven, and for the top half. They’ve managed to stay relatively trouble-free since returning to the top flight a few years ago, and they are on course for another strong finish. They’ve uncovered a diamond in Nicolo Barella, a midfielder who is being linked with a £45million move to Inter Milan. It’s been a productive season for the Sardinians, and three points here on Sunday would add to that.

      Empoli are only narrowly above the drop zone, which is down to a rally under boss Guiseppe Iachini. The new boss had a great early effect, taking them out of the drop zone. Recent results have brought them back into danger, and now this trip is a crucial one as they look to make a good start to 2019. Can the visitors rally here and claim a result? They’re without a win in this fixture since 2002, so three points for the Azzurri seems unlikely.

      Empoli have remained winless away from home in the first half of a Serie A season for the first time since 1998-99. Their overall record on their travels is awful, they have fewer points on the road than any other side – picking up an average of one point every three games. They’ve lost six of their nine trips this term, while they’ve been beaten in four straight league outings.

      Cagliari are unbeaten in six Serie A home matches against Empoli (W4 D2). They are also in decent form at home, with just one defeat at their own ground in the league this term. We see them taking advantage of a poor Azzurri side on Sunday. A Cagliari win is our tip for Sunday’s clash, while we’re going for a 1-0 win for the Sardinian side.

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