November 3, 2013
Hellas Verona v Cagliari: Preview
Team Stat Comparison
|Goals for *||1.9||0.6|
|Goals against *||0.9||1.6|
|Last 5 home||W-L-W-W-W||W-D-W-L-W|
|Last 5 away||L-L-L-W-D||D-L-L-L-D|
|* Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club|
|Stats: Hellas Verona | Cagliari|
|12/14||A: Catania||12/15||A: Parma|
|12/22||H: Lazio||12/21||H: Napoli|
|1/6||A: Udinese||1/5||A: Chievo Verona|
|1/12||H: Napoli||1/12||H: Juventus|
|1/19||A: AC Milan||1/19||A: Atalanta|
Cagliari coach Diego Lopez is targeting a first away win of the season against Hellas Verona on Sunday.
Lopez's men have picked up just two points of a possible 15 on their travels this season.
They have not won away from home since beating Pescara 2-0 on February 17.
Wednesday's 3-0 defeat to Bologna ended Cagliari's unbeaten run at home.
That result followed their 2-0 loss at Lazio and dropped the Sardinian outfit to 14th place.
Lopez admits his team has plenty of room for improvement ahead of Sunday's game.
"We are making too many mistakes and we have to do better,'' he said. "We need to make the most of our chances and show more organisation at the back.
"We must play with more confidence away from home and we must win on Sunday.''
Lack of goalscoring has been Cagliari's main problem with the Islanders have failed to find the back of the net in three of their last four league games.
Cagliari will face no easy task as Hellas Verona remain perfect at the Marc' Antonio Bentegodi stadium.
The promoted outfit bounced back from the 4-2 defeat at Inter Milan with a 2-0 triumph over Sampdoria on Wednesday.
The outcome allowed Hellas to clinch their fifth triumph in Verona and lifted the promoted outfit to fifth in Serie A, level on 19 points with Inter.
"I am very pleased with the performance of my players,'' Verona coach Andrea Mandorlini said.
"They have all given their best.
"We played with balance and didn't concede many opportunities.
"This is a victory of the whole group.''
Mandorlini's men have shown plenty of balance when playing at home, scoring 11 goals while conceding four times.
Luca Toni will lead the Verona attack with the team's top scorer Jorginho in support.