Siniša Mihajlović ended his playing career at Inter but could derail his old side’s title hopes when Bologna visit the Serie A leaders. The Serbian is enjoying his longest stint in the dugout and has recently been suggested as a replacement for Simone Inzaghi if his former team-mate departs Lazio at the end of the campaign.
Where and when: Stadio Renato Dall’Ara, Bologna – 3 April, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Bologna vs. Inter: Premier Sports 2
Last time: Achraf Hakimi hit a brace as the Nerazzurri ran out 3-1 winners.
Bologna v Inter Predictions and Preview
The Rossoblu have chalked up four victories and two draws from their last eight fixtures and are now looking up the table after impressively pulling away from the drop zone. Bologna are only five points off eighth place Sassuolo and Joey Saputo is expected to issue a firm hands-off warning to Claudio Lotito if the Lazio owner makes a move for his tactician.
Mihajlović will go with his tried and tested 4-2-3-1 formation with Rodrigo Palacio being supported by Musa Barrow, Roberto Soriano and Riccardo Orsolini. The veteran has admirably deputised for Federico Santander who has been out since October with a knee injury and a striker who can hit double figures is likely to be at the top of Saputo’s summer shopping list.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Inter to win 2-0||13/2||Offer|
|Christian Eriksen to score anytime||7/2||Offer|
|Both teams to score||8/11||Offer|
Palacio is 10/3 to notch anytime against the team he spent five seasons with and Barrow can be found at 11/4. Soriano has 14 goal contributions to his name and is a mightily attractive 20/1 to open proceedings, while compatriot Orsolini is available at 12/1. Bologna are 6/1 to emerge triumphant and a share of the spoils is 15/4.
Elsewhere, Inter will welcome back Samir Handanovic after the skipper recovered from COVID-19. Danilo D’Ambrosio and Stefan de Vrij are still testing positive and Conte will be forced in to a reshuffle with Matteo Darmian or Aleksandar Kolarov deputising for the Dutchman as he continues his wait for a negative swab.
Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez are 11/4 and 15/4, respectively, to break the deadlock. The duo have played a part in 38 goals and 14 assists during the current campaign and there are few partnerships in Europe who can match the Nerazzurri hitmen’s output.
Alexis Sanchez has largely had to watch on from the sidelines, but came up with some big moments before the international break. The Chilean is 5/1 to register last and Inter are 2/5 to make it nine in a row.
One to watch for Bologna: Andreas Skov Olsen came off the bench at Crotone and decided it with the fifth and final strike. The Dane is 14/1 to repeat his exploits.
One to watch for Inter: Ivan Perisic has ousted Ashley Young from the line-up and is more attack minded than his colleague. The Croatian is comfortable on either foot and is 5/2 to bag anytime.
Long shot: No side in the bottom-half of the standings have scored more than the Rossoblu this term and Mihajlović has a reasonable record against Inter as manager. However, the Nerazzurri are on a perfect eight-game run and Conte will not allow standards to drop as his squad close in on the Scudetto. A 4-1 outcome in favour of the travelling party is 20/1.