Bologna face the unenviable task of stopping a relentless Juventus when the sides meet in Serie A action on Sunday afternoon. The Red and Blues were unfortunate not to come away with something in their last domestic fixture against Roma and need to put a run together before their top flight status is no longer intact.
Where and when: Stadio Renato Dall’Ara, Bologna – 24 February, kick-off 14:00
Where you can see Bologna vs. Juventus: Premier Sports 2
Last time: Paulo Dybala and Blaise Matuidi netted in the first-half to hand the Bianconeri a comfortable 2-0 win when the teams battled in August.
|Douglas Costa to score anytime||3/1||Offer|
|Over 4.5 goals||6/1||Offer|
|Juventus to win 2-0||23/4||Offer|
Bologna vs. Juventus Predictions and Preview
After making a dream start to life as Bologna boss, Sinisa Mihajlovic will know there is plenty of work to be done to ensure their top flight status for the 2019-20 term. The Rossoblu impressively toppled Inter 1-0 at the beginning of the month but currently sit three points adrift of safety with Empoli occupying the final survival berth.
With clashes against Cagliari and Udinese looming, the outlook is expected to change on a weekly basis in the bottom half of the table. The hosts are 7/1 to pull off a shock triumph and 10/3 to earn a share of the spoils.
Visitors Juventus boast a 13-point advantage over closest challengers Napoli but will not approach the contest any differently. As the only remaining unbeaten side in Europe’s top five leagues, retaining the Scudetto will not be enough for Max Allegri and his star studded group of players.
Talisman and Serie A top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo will go in search of a 20th domestic strike and will fancy his chances against a leaky Bologna backline. Ronaldo benefits from the presence of figurehead Mario Mandzukic and is 11/5 to net first and 7/1 to bag a first hat-trick for the Bianconeri.
Dybala is available at 9/2 to open proceedings and should feature alongside the ex-Madrid man and Mandzukic as he did in the 3-0 victory over Frosinone. Juventus are 4/9 to make it 22 victories from 25 games and 13/10 to win to nil.
One to watch for Bologna: Federico Santander has eight goal involvements to his name and is a sizeable presence. The Paraguayan is 15/4 in the anytime betting.
One to watch for Juventus: Emre Can is beginning to feature more regularly and looks settled at the heart of midfield. The former Liverpool talent is 4/1 in the same anytime market.
Long shot: Juventus have swept aside every club bar Genoa and Atalanta this term and under Allegri, it is guaranteed they will treat each opponent with the upmost respect and avoid any form of complacency. A resounding 4-0 success is 22/1 and it is likely to be a long afternoon for the Bologna backline.