Serie A Preview | Verona vs. Cagliari: Mazzarri desperate

Verona are fresh from only their second defeat in the last 10 rounds, while Cagliari desperately seek a long-awaited victory.

Hellas have been transformed since Igor Tudor took over from Eusebio Di Francesco, but the 3-1 loss to Sampdoria at the weekend was a surprising setback.

The Sardinians remain rock bottom after just eight points from 14 games, but have at least begun to stop the rot with back-to-back draws against Salernitana and Sassuolo. Walter Mazzarri was moments away from his first victory on Friday when Salernitana equalised in stoppages.

Alessio Cragno doesn’t make the trip due to impending fatherhood, with Diego Godin also out of action.

Form Guide: Verona (L W D W D) Cagliari (D D L L L)

Stat fact: Cagliari’s only Serie A victory away to Verona was 2-0 in January 1972, along with six draws and nine defeats.

Probable line-ups

Verona (3-4-2-1): Montipò; Dawidowicz, Gunter, Casale; Faraoni, Tameze, Veloso, Lazovic; Barak, Caprari; Simeone

Suspended: None

Injured: Frabotta, Kalinic, Hongla

On a yellow card: Faraoni

Cagliari (4-4-2): Radunovic; Caceres, Ceppitelli, Carboni, Lykogiannis; Bellanova, Strootman, Marin, Nandez; Joao Pedro, Keita

Suspended: None

Injured: Rog, Walukiewicz, Ladinetti, Farago, Godin, Cragno

On a yellow card: Strootman

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