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Probable line-ups: Cagliari-Sampdoria


Sampdoria travel to meet a Cagliari forced to make changes as Robin Olsen and Fabrizio Cacciatore are banned after the late drama against Lecce last Monday.

Rolando Maran will most likely go for a 4-3-2-1 formation for the home side, but he will have to call back Paolo Faragò to play at right-back, whilst Rafael will be in goal for the high-flying Rossoblu.

The setback last Monday carries a hangover into this weeks match and Luca Pellegrini might also be in doubt at left-back, with Charalampos Lykogiannis ready to step up if need be.

Lucas Castro should also be available for Maran, but Nahitan Nandez, Luca Cigarini and Marko Rog are expected to get the nod in the middle of the park. The attack shouldn’t change from the last XI, as Radja Nainggolan looks ready to play after being forced off with a knock to the head during the second half at Lecce.

The Samp coach Claudio Ranieri will have to go without Andrea Bertolacci and Fabio Depaoli. The pair are struggling after the match against Udinese and the former Roma coach will have somewhat of a headache at the back against Cagliari.

Bartosz Bereszynski is also out and they may have to play some of their more versatile players out of their respective positions. Alex Ferrari would probably be one of the fullbacks, with Jeison Murillo in the middle.

The Norwegian midfielder Morten Thorsby might also be an alternative for a new role in the side.

Fabio Quagliarella and Manolo Gabbiadini will lead the attack, whilst Karol Linetty and Jakub Jankto will hold the midfield together in a classic 4-4-2.

Both sides are on form and Cagliari are looking to bounce back with a win after the setback at Lecce, but are faced with a Sampdoria side on an unbeaten run of four games in Serie A.

Cagliari (probable):Rafael; Faragò, Pisacane, Klavan, Pellegrini; Nandez, Cigarini, Rog; Nainggolan, Joao Pedro; Simeone

Sampdoria (probable):Audero; Ferrari, Murillo, Colley, Murru; Ramirez, Ekdal, Vieira, Jankto; Quagliarella, Gabbiadini

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