Third-placed Juventus will look to reignite their defence of the Serie A title as they travel to mid-table Bologna and the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara. Massimiliano Allegri’s side will be strong favourites against a Bologna team who have won only twice in their last eight league outings.
Where and when: Stadio Renato Dall’Ara- 17 December, kick-off 14:00
Where you can see Bologna v Juventus: BT Sport, bet365 live streaming
Last time: Juventus triumphed 2-1 at this stadium in May thanks to a 94th minute from Moise Kean, while the fixture in Turin ended in a 3-0 home win back in January.
Bologna v Juventus Predictions and Preview
Juventus are unbeaten in five games across all competitions and have not conceded a goal in that run, which included clashes with Barcelona, Napoli and Inter.
Last week’s scoreless draw against the Nerazzurri ensured Allegri’s side remain third in the table in what looks to be the most exciting Serie A title race in years.
Following a run of only two wins in eight, Bologna have slipped into the bottom half of the table for the first time after suffering only two defeats in their opening nine league games.
Incredibly, the hosts have won only one of their last 32 meetings with the Old Lady, none in their past 11, losing seven of their last eight.
The bookmakers have made the visitors heavy favourites for all three points with odds of 9/20, while an unlikely home victory is priced at an outlandish 41/5 – Bologna last tasted victory a home victory in this fixture in 1998. A draw is available at 10/3.
Punters may look at this game containing few goals with Juve’s five consecutive clean sheets coupled with them netting only six goals in that run. Odds of under 1.5 goals in this encounter are available at 29/10 while less than 2.5 goals is priced at 19/20.
Bologna are set to stick with their 4-3-3 formation with Simone Verdi, Rodrigo Palacio and Mattio Destro all starting for the hosts.
Juventus are also predicted to continue with their 4-3-3 setup with Paulo Dybala to come back into the side to help attacking focal point Gonzalo Higuain.
One to watch for Bologna: Simone Verde has scored five goals in his last five outings including in Sunday’s 2-1 loss at Milan. Having previously played for Juve’s city rivals Torino he may have extra motivation to score here and the striker finding the net anytime is 5/1.
One to watch for Juventus: Paulo Dybala has scored 12 goals in 12 starts in Serie A this campaign and has netted in three of his last four matches against Bologna – including each encounter last season. He is available at 17/20 to find the net anytime in this clash.
Long shot: Juve have had some issues on the road this season and have recently conceded first against Udinese, Sporting CP and Sampdoria, while the home side’s promising Ghanaian midfielder Godfred Donsah has netted two winning goals this season and you can back him to score anytime in this game at 16/1.