Cagliari travel to already relegated Venezia to save themselves on the final day of the season. At the same time, Salernitana will face Udinese away from home as Serie A will end with two relegation deciders. Cagliari will be automatically relegated if Salernitana secured a win in their game.
A late foray wasn’t enough to save Venezia
Venezia didn’t spend midseason inside the bottom three. They were last in that position in the sixth round before a horrible second half of the season left them bottom of the standings.
Even ten straight defeats didn’t confirm their relegation as they had a healthy edge over the bottom clubs in the first half of the campaign. But they are now confirmed relegated with a possibility of finishing cellar-dwellers.
Venezia picked up four points from their last two games to end their torrid run. A 4-3 win over Bologna in the game they missed an early penalty kick was inspirational as Dennis Johnson scored the winner in injury-time.
When and where to watch?
The match kicks off at 20:00 on Sunday 22nd May 2022, and the entire match will be available on BT Sport 2.
Cagliari dropped to 18th after four winless games
If Giorgio Altare didn’t score a late injury-time goal against Salernitana earlier this month, the relegation battle would have ended by now. But the damage is already done with Salernitana sitting outside the drop zone.
That was Cagliari’s only point from their last four fixtures. They couldn’t beat another team in the relegation battle with a narrow defeat away at Genoa, who got relegated last week to the delight of their city rivals Sampdoria.
Cagliari were also forced to take a further step to relegation with their defeat to second-placed Inter. After years of struggle with relegations, Cagliari looked to finally return to Serie B football.
Late equalizer in the reverse fixture
Venezia snatched a draw with a 92nd-minute strike from US international Gianluca Busio. Senegal international and former Monaco and Inter winger Keita Balde opened the scoring for Cagliari early in the first half.
Venezia & Cagliari Team News
Venezia will be without Sergio Romero and Marco Modolo with both of them going through knee surgeries. Thomas Henry and Luca Lezzerini are a doubt for the club’s one last Serie A fixture.
Edoardo Goldaniga will be absent for Cagliari with an injury to his ankle.
Cagliari’s safety relied on Salernitana’s result
A win against Venezia wouldn’t be enough by itself for Cagliari. But they could secure safety that way if Salernitana failed to beat Udinese away from home. It’s always going to be decided by the last day based on Serie A’s relegation battle this season, but no one can deny that it’s a big surprise that Salernitana has their fate in their own hands. The likes of Joao Pedro, a recent Italian international, will not be expected to stay at the club in the event of relegation.
|Cagliari to win
|Over 2.5 goals
|Joao Pedro to score anytime