Juventus are relying on favours from Atalanta and Verona but need to do their own job first against Bologna on Matchday 38 of the Serie A calendar. The Bianconeri are involved in a three-way battle for the final two Champions League berths and a fifth-place finish would have disastrous consequences for Italy’s most successful side.
Where and when: Stadio Renato Dall’Ara, Bologna – 23 May, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Bologna vs. Juventus: Premier Sports 2
Last time: Arthur Melo and Weston McKennie struck in the reverse fixture.
Bologna v Juventus Predictions and Preview
Siniša Mihajlović can be content with how the season has unfolded with the Rossoblu sitting calmly in midtable. The Serbian tactician has built a decent squad with Roberto Soriano, Riccardo Orsolini, Andreas Skov Olsen, Nicola Sansone and Musa Barrow battling for three roles.
Soriano, and, to a lesser extent, Orsolini, were unlucky to miss out on Roberto Mancini’s preliminary squad for Euro 2020. The former has nine goals and six assists from 37 appearances and can be found at 11/2 to register anytime, while his team-mate is 5/1 in the same market.
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Orsolini was overlooked in favour of Federico Chiesa, Domenico Berardi and Lorenzo Insigne but still has time to fulfil his obvious potential. The speedy winger is well thought of by Milan and Roma and was actually on the Bianconeri books between 2017-19. Bologna are 10/1 to emerge triumphant and a draw is 19/4.
Elsewhere, the deposed champions could be bidding farewell to a host of big names. Gigi Buffon has already confirmed his departure but Cristiano Ronaldo, Giorgio Chiellini, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Sandro, Paulo Dybala, Rodrigo Bentancur and Alvaro Morata’s futures are all in doubt.
The Portugal skipper has received criticism for his displays in the Champions League but cannot be faulted for his extraordinary domestic efforts. Ronaldo has six more than closest challenger Romelu Lukaku with the Capocannoniere prize all but assured. The Madeira native is 7/4 to break the deadlock and Morata is available at 10/3.
On a personal level, Chiesa can be pleased with his maiden campaign in Turin. The wide man shone in the Champions League and has comfortably made the step up from fighting for survival with Fiorentina to becoming the Bianconeri’s second best performer. The 23-year-old is 9/2 to open proceedings and Juventus are 1/4 to come away with the spoils.
One to watch for Bologna: Rodrigo Palacio recently took his place in the record books as the oldest ever player to score a Serie A hat-trick. The veteran is 10/3 to bag anytime.
One to watch for Juventus: Dybala is likely to be sold in the summer but will still feature in some capacity. The Argentine is 4/1 to notch last.
Long shot: Pirlo, his stars and everyone connected with the club would have been thrilled with Cagliari’s performance at San Siro but there is every chance the Bianconeri endure the same frustration as their great rivals Milan this weekend. Bologna are safe, will be told to express themselves by Mihajlović and are electric on the break. A 2-1 outcome in favour of the home dressing room is 30/1.