2 matches take place this week in the Coppa Italia Round of 16. One match happens on Wednesday and the other takes place on Thursday. On Wednesday, Sassuolo Calcio hosts Cagliari Calcio. Sassuolo is a big time chalk. Also on Wednesday, it’s AS Roma versus US Lecce. Keep reading for Coppa Italia odds, analysis, and free picks for Cagliari versus Sassuolo, and Lecce at AS Roma.
Soccer Betting Preview for this Week Italy Cup Round of 16 Games
Cagliari Calcio +355 vs Sassuolo Calcio -155
- When: Wednesday, Jan. 19
Sassuolo gets the edge because this happens at the Mapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore in Reggio Emelia. Having home pitch advantage means a lot.
Another reason to like Sassuolo is because they dusted Empoli 5-1 on Jan. 9. The score implies Sassuolo’s attack should come up big in this.
However, we shouldn’t dump on Cagliari. The road underdog shows decent enough form to grab the win. On Jan. 6, Cagliari dumped Sampdoria 2-1. In their next match on Jan. 11, Cagliari beat Bologna 2-1.
Even the 1-0 loss to AS Roma wasn’t horrible. Not only that, but recent head-to-head matches against Sassuolo gives Cagliari backers hope.
These two have drawn in the last 5 head-to-head matches, including drawing in both 2021 games. The match on Jan. 31 ended 1-1. Then on Nov. 21, the rivals drew 2-2. Another draw could happen. But the odds make Cagliari an overlay. So that’s the bet to consider.
Soccer Pick: Cagliari Calcio
US Lecce +1 ½ -126 vs AS Roma -1 ½ -108
- When: Thursday, Jan. 20
Lecce is in much better form than AS Roma. The road underdog has won 4 with a single loss. The form tells us Lecce has a shot.
The road underdog has just a puncher’s chance, though. The loss happened against Pisa in a Serie B match. Although Lecce beat Spezia, a Serie A team, Spezia has just 22 points, which puts them in fourteenth place on the Serie A standings.
AS Roma isn’t in great form. Roma shows 2 wins, 2 losses, and a draw in their last 5. But the home favorite’s 2 losses were against quality teams, 3-1 against AC Milan on Jan. 6 and 3-4 versus Juventus on Jan. 9.
The two wins impressed. AS Roma dusted Atalanta 4-1 on Dec. 18. On Jan. 16, Roma beat fellow Round of 16 Coppa Italia peer Cagliari 1-0.
Also, in the last head-to-head, which happened on Feb 23, 2020, Roma blasted Lecce 4-0. If anything, Roma is a better team now than they were then. The home squad can win this by more than a goal.
Soccer Pick: AS Roma