After a recent rise in form, Bologna overtakes Fiorentina in the Serie A this weekend when they clash heads. The match is scheduled for Sunday at the Renato Dall’Ara, with a kickoff at 2:30 pm.
With a 2-1 win over Roma in midweek, Bologna has lifted themselves to eighth in the Serie A standings. They are separated only by goal difference from Fiorentina.
Roma will be left to rue their inability to make the most of a dominant first-half performance against Bologna on Wednesday night, with several missed opportunities leading to just one goal in a 1-0 loss on home soil.
Well, let’s pause for a moment and reflect upon the fact that Fiorentina haven’t lost this fixture since the penultimate day of 2015/16, but if they are to make it, 20 games unbeaten at their own ground.
They will have to keep a lid on their old Bologna bogeyman Stefano Pioli, who has won none of his last ten encounters with La Viola in all competitions.
Scoring on Sunday, Vlahovic – who recently became the first player to score and assist in six consecutive league games.
It could become only the fourth player in Serie A history to register at least 30 strikes in a single calendar year while under 22 (see chart), first since 1958.
Bologna vs Fiorentina Head to Head
Both sides have 24 games against each other, with hosts taking three wins while opponents with twelve wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
- Bologna 1-0 Roma
- Spezia 0-1 Bologna
- Bologna 0-1 Venezia
- Sampdoria 1-2 Bologna
- Bologna 2-0 Cagliari
- Fiorentina 3-1 Sampdoria
- Empoli 2-1 Fiorentina
- Fiorentina 4-3 Milan
- Juventus 1-0 Fiorentina
- Fiorentina 3-0 Venezia
Bologna Team News
Bologna manager Sinisa Mihajlovic has expressed his disappointment at being unable to use a settled team after talismanic forward Marko Arnautovic was ruled out of this weekend’s away match with Inter with a thigh injury.
Fiorentina Team News
Fiorentina will be without the services of Gaetano Castrovilli and Matija Nastasic when they take on Genoa at the Stadio Artemio Franchi this weekend.
Erick Pulgar could return to the starting lineup should he prove his fitness in time, while goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski is closing in on returning from his long-term injury.
Prediction and Odds
We cannot prevent the opponents from scoring, but we expect a low scoring affair here.
- Double Chance
- Dusan to Score