On Tuesday, Massimo Ficcadenti was given a boat and shoved away from Sardinia, having led Cagliari to just two points in their first six matches. Of course, the deck was always stacked against him, with the rossoblu having sacked him last year only to bring him back in March in a moment of desperation. Plus, he's had to deal with the crazy that is Massimo Cellino, which is probably much more of a factor than anything else.
Anyway, Ficcadenti is gone, and now Cagliari believe that two coaches are better than one. Cellino wanted to appoint Diego Lopez, but he's lacking the appropriate licenses, so it's Ivo Pugla who's the offical head coach, and Lopez the assistant. But will anything save the isolani at this point? Not only are they dead last in the standings, but have scored just three goals, with none of those coming from open play. To say Cagliari have a problem with creation is like saying Cellino has a touch of impatience.
As for Torino, they managed to score over half their goals for the season last week, taking advantage of Atalanta's meltdown to record a 5-1 victory. But with just one goal in the three matches prior, a repeat performance looks unlikely -- although not out of the realm of possibility. Alessio Cerci, brought in from Fiorentina over the summer, looked last week as though he was determined to prove his worth to his new side, having a hand in nearly all the goals scored. That, along with Rolando Bianchi apparently back from the dead, a brightness in young Alen Stevanović, and an ease of shifting formation, il granata may continue to rack up the goals.
Or it could've been a one-off and this match will finish scoreless.
Torino injuries and suspensions
Cagliari injuries and suspensions
Luca Rossettini (suspended)
Match Date/Time: Sunday 7 October 2012, 3 p.m. local, 9 a.m. ET
Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Turin
TV: Sky Calcio 4 (Italy). For some odd reason, the only other place where you can watch this match is in Thailand.