Second place Juventus visit Bologna knowing a win will take them back to the top of Serie A. The champions sit in the middle of a three-horse race with Lazio currently leading the way and Inter below them. Elsewhere, the Rossoblu are 10th, but face stern competition if they are to break in to the European places.
Where and when: Stadio Renato Dall’Ara, Bologna – 8 March, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Bologna vs. Juventus: Premier Sports 2
Last time: Cristiano Ronaldo and Miralem Pjanic netted either side of Danilo when the sides met in Turin.
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Bologna v Juventus Predictions and Preview
Sinisa Mihajlovic’s men have won five of their last 11 matches, but have suffered in recent weeks. The Rossoblu were comprehensively beaten by struggling Genoa on Matchday 24, and also underwhelmed against Udinese before last weekend’s 2-0 loss in the capital.
Nevertheless, Bologna have no relegation fears and are on course to match last term’s points haul and league finish at the very least.
The hosts are a good watch going forward with Riccardo Orsolini starring. The talented winger was on the Bianconeri books from 2017-2019 and his fine form has reportedly caught the eye of the Juventus hierarchy.
Orsolini, blessed with great skill and pace, has 11 goal contributions to his name and has a chance of gatecrashing Roberto Mancini’s Azzurri squad for this summer’s European Championship.
The left footer is 10/1 to strike first and his battle with marauding full-back Alex Sandro could go some way to influencing the clash. The Rossoblu are 7/2 to pull off a shock win and 11/4 to earn a draw.
Maurizio Sarri will be boosted by the return of Douglas Costa, Khedira and Federico Bernardeschi in to the first-team fold. The trio will offer competition for places with Adrien Rabiot, Aaron Ramsey and even Pjanic coming under threat.
Costa, a genuine winger, offers something different to his colleagues and once match-fit, can expect to be a regular fixture in the side.
One to watch for Bologna: Musa Barrow will have former Manchester City defender Danilo backpedaling and is 17/2 to score last. The young Gambian has linked up particularly well with Orsolini since moving in the winter from Atalanta.
One to watch for Juventus: Alongside Ronaldo, and to an extent Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala can be happy with how his season has gone. The Argentine may not have the numbers of his Portuguese team-mate but has regularly performed to a high standard. Dybala is 5/1 in the same market.
Long shot: Juventus are the masters of grinding out a result and have done it time and time again over the years. The Scudetto holders won’t worry too much about the performance and will only be interested in the three points as they look to wrestle back the ascendancy from Lazio. A hard fought 1-0 victory against a squad who have only been defeated on home soil four times this year, is 7/1.