AS Roma take on the visitors Cagliari in the round 23 match of Italian Serie A. The match will be played on Monday, February 5th at Stadio Olimpico (Rome).
Roma placed their bets on Jose Mourinho, and essentially, it was two and a half years spent almost in vain. While they managed to secure a trophy in the Conference League, they struggled to return to the top 4 in Serie A and even slipped further down. Attempts to rectify this through the Europa League were thwarted by Sevilla, who had a bit more luck in the penalty shootout during the final. In the new season, despite some interesting new additions, things didn't start smoothly. However, it was only after their exit from the cup following a 0-1 loss to Lazio and an unconditional defeat to Milan that they bid farewell to The Special One. Understanding that this season could not be salvaged, they entrusted the responsibilities to the local legend, Daniele De Rossi. He made his debut with a 2-1 victory against the modest Verona, and this scoreline was repeated against another underdog, Salernitana.
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Cagliari are among the survival contenders. The Islanders not only held on in Serie A for quite a while but also, at one point, contended for European competitions. However, it all ended with their relegation in 2022. They managed to return immediately, thanks to the arrival of Claudio Ranieri on Sardinia after nearly three decades. Claudio had previously achieved significant coaching success here. Although the return to Serie A was challenging – a regular season only brought the fifth position, enough for a playoff spot, which they won. Starting at this renewed level proved challenging: three draws and six losses. However, a memorable comeback victory of 3-0 against Frosinone marked a turning point, and the points started to accumulate more consistently. Nevertheless, the club remains in the relegation zone with eighteen points after 22 rounds. Despite defeats to Crotone and Torino, there are chances for survival, given the current competitiveness in Serie A.
Cagliari's successes against Roma were sporadic, and even after their recent victory in 2021, Wolves have won three subsequent matches. This season, Giallorossi secured a 4-1 victory. De Rossi has been fortunate with the schedule. Once again, his team faces a weaker opponent, especially at home. We recommend betting on Wolves to win in the capital with a handicap of -1.0 goal.
Prediction for the match: AS Roma to win with -1.0 handicap.