Serie A leaders Juventus face a tricky start on their return to league action against a Bologna squad still in contention for a European place. The Bianconeri are battling it out with Lazio at the top of the table, while the hosts are 10th and firmly part of the chasing pack aiming to replace Napoli in sixth.
Where and when: Stadio Renato Dall’Ara, Bologna – 22 June, kick-off 20:45
Where you can see Bologna vs. Juventus: Premier Sports 1
Last time: Cristiano Ronaldo and Danilo exchanged goals before Miralem Pjanic settled it for the Bianconeri last October.
Bologna v Juventus Predictions and Preview
Spirits are high in the Bologna camp after boss Sinisa Mihajlovic extended his contract with the club. The Serbian is adored in the terraces and will be in the dugout until at least 2023. Mihajlovic has assembled a good group of players with Riccardo Orsolini the pick of the bunch.
The young Italian was on Juventus’ books from 2017-19 and after a spell at Atalanta, has flourished in Emilia-Romagna. The talented winger is performing week in, week out and has been linked to a return to Turin, while Roma, Milan and Borussia Dortmund are all reported suitors.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Juan Cuadrado to score anytime||9/2||Offer|
|Draw and both teams to score||15/4||Offer|
|Juventus to win 2-0||13/2||Offer|
Orsolini would have almost certainly been in contention for a place in Roberto Mancini’s final 23 for the European Championship and is 10/3 to net anytime and add to his seven-goal haul. The Rossoblu are 9/2 to claim victory and a draw is 16/5.
Maurizio Sarri is expected to utilise Ronaldo as the side’s centre-forward. The legendary Portugal skipper prefers a wide left role but Gonzalo Higuain is still out with injury and Paulo Dybala is more of a second striker.
Nevertheless, this won’t impact Ronaldo’s performance and the former-Real Madrid ace is 9/4 to open proceedings and 5/2 to hit a brace. Fellow forward Dybala is 5/4 to net anytime and must prove to Sarri he can co-exist with Ronaldo.
The ex-Chelsea tactician has alternated Dybala with compatriot Higuain as Ronaldo’s partner throughout the season and it is the latter who has fared better as the foil for the Bianconeri number seven. Juventus are 8/15 to emerge triumphant.
One to watch for Bologna: Musa Barrow will line up on the other flank to Orsolini and has hit the ground running since moving from Atalanta in the winter window. The speedster is 10/1 to score last.
One to watch for Juventus: Aaron Ramsey has endured a tough first year with the champions but is fit and available for selection. The Welshman is 4/1 in the same final scorer market.
Long shot: If Ronaldo has an off day, Juventus invariably stutter. The Bianconeri fell over the line in the Coppa Italia semi-final with Milan, despite having a man advantage for 75 minutes and the likes of Dybala, Pjanic, Douglas Costa and Federico Bernardeschi all need to step up. Elsewhere, Bologna function as a team, but have ability, particularly in the wide areas and can spring a surprise. A 2-1 success for the Rossoblu is 16/1.