Newly promoted Cagliari venture in search of their first win in the Serie A this season when they face Milan at the Sardegna Arena tomorrow.
Cagliari have found it hard to get their stride going in the Serie A this season as they have only managed to pick up two points from two draws and are currently without any wins. Claudio Ranieri’s side showed grit and determination during their performances against Torino and Udinese but Inter, Bologna and Atalanta capitalised on them, leaving them devastated.
The Isolani have managed to put six shots on target from their first five opening games and the bright Zito Luvumbo is the player to score their only goal during this time.
Meanwhile, Milan approach this match on the back of a 1-0 victory against Verona in their last match. Following the humiliating 5-1 loss to neighbourhood rivals Inter, Stefano Pioli was under pressure and he relieved some of that when Rafael Leao thumped in the deciding goal in the 8th minute of the game against the Gialloblu.
Apart from the knock versus the Nerazzurri, Milan have stayed perfect in their proceedings this season, claiming wins from their first three games against Bologna, Torino and Roma. The Rossoneri sit in second place, just three points from Inter in the league standings and they will be hoping to keep the pressure on their eternal rivals.
Results from their last five matches across all competitions:
L D L L D
W D L W W
Claudio Ranieri will have a huge set of players unavailable for this match. Gianluca Lapadula, Marko Rog, Elio Capradossi, Jacopo Desogus, Alessandro Di Pardo and Jakub Jankto are all doubts about the match.
Eldor Shomurodov is expected to partner with Zito Luvumbo upfront in the attack.
As for Milan, Ismael Bennacer, Mike Maignan and Pierre Kalulu remain out for the foreseeable future. It is a race against time for Rade Krunic to be passed fit for the clash.
Yunus Musah is set to make a start as he aims to provide support in attack alongside Christian Pulisic.
Cagliari (3-5-2): Radunovic; Hatzidiakos, Dossena, Obert; Nandez, Sulemana, Makoumbou, Deiola, Azzi; Shomurodov, Luvumbo
Milan (4-2-3-1): Sportiello; Thiaw, Kjaer, Tomori, Florenzi; Loftus-Cheek, Reijnders; Musah, Pulisic, Leao; Giroud
Trambak Bhattacherjee | GIFN