MARK O’Haire’s got big views to share on Monday night’s offering from Serie A as Cagliari take on Parma in front of the BT Sport cameras.
Cagliari v Parma | Monday 19.45 | BT Sport 1
If you’re one of the goons busy tweeting about how ‘May the fourth be with you’, you’re probably one of the dweebs that’s genuinely excited by Monday night’s offering from Serie A. Parma have mathematically been relegated to Serie B and Cagliari will be joining them sooner rather than later… it’s tough to show an interest.
That is until we inspect the odds. Cagliari are a best price 7/10 (Sportingbet) and that’s a big no-no. Sure, the Sardinians are still scrapping for Serie A survival but did you know, if Parma hadn’t had seven points deducted for the horrendous state of their finances, they’d be just one point behind Monday night’s hosts?
Yes, the Ducali have been doomed for a long time but in recent weeks they’ve put in a number of courageous displays that have included victories against the likes of Juventus, Palermo and Udinese. Those wins might have come at home but Roberto Donadoni’s troops are playing for their futures and can bring Cagliari down with them, with a positive result at the Stadio Sant'Elia.
The odds suggest the visitors will be happy to roll over and sure, their away record of D3-L11 since winning at Chievo in September would also point to a home victory but the hosts are hardly in great shape themselves. Cagliari have W1-D2-L10 of their previous 13 league outings, haven’t won in front of their home supporters since January and boast the worst Serie A record as hosts this season.
The Rossoblu’s new boss Gianluca Festa must also do without four key players including Andrea Cossu and Nicola Murru and have only beaten Parma once in eight previous meetings. Bet365 have chalked up Parma as 5/4 shots in the Double Chance market and that’s worth a pop – we’ll get paid out should the visitors avoid defeat.
Cagliari v Parma – Parma double chance (5/4 Bet365)
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