Milan must beat Bologna to guarantee their place at the top of Serie A. The Rossoneri’s advantage was cut to two points at the end of the previous gameweek after the heavy loss to Atalanta and the clash in Emilia-Romagna will be a good test of their mettle.
Where and when: Stadio Renato Dall’Ara, Bologna – 30 January, kick-off 14:00
Where you can see Bologna vs. Milan: Premier Sports 2
Last time: Zlatan Ibrahimovic hit a brace on the opening day of the campaign.
Bologna v Milan Predictions and Preview
Siniša Mihajlović saw his men pick up their first victory since the end of November on Matchday 18. The Rossoblu are a 15-goal striker away from competing for a top-half finish and five draws from the last eight games has frustrated the Serbian tactician.
The 51-year-old, who had a brief stint as Rossoneri boss, has bemoaned his side’s lack of cutting edge and Bologna are short upfront. Rodrigo Palacio is approaching his forties and fellow attacker Federico Santander is nursing injury.
Musa Barrow is occupying a more central role but the speedy Gambian is a winger by trade. The Atalanta owned ace averaged one in two last season and is 9/4 to register anytime. Roberto Soriano and Riccardo Orsolini are the star performers for Bologna and can be found at 11/4 and 3/1, respectively to score anytime.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Milan to win 2-0||17/2||Offer|
|Jens Petter Hauge to score last||15/2||Offer|
|Over 2.5 goals||8/11||Offer|
Orsolini is in direct competition with Federico Chiesa and Domenico Berardi for a place in the Azzurri eleven and if it was based on ability alone, the Ascoli native would be a regular. The 24-year-old is unplayable on his day, but lacks consistency. Mihajlović will hope his wide man delivers and leads the Rossoblu to victory. A home triumph is 16/5 and a share of the spoils is 11/4.
Visitors Milan have bolstered the ranks this month. Stefano Pioli has brought in Fikayo Tomori, Soualiho Meïté, Mario Mandzukic, and are still on the hunt for another defender.
Pioli has a wealth of options in the forward places but Ibrahimovic is certain to start. The talisman is 11/4 to break the deadlock and will be joined by three of Ante Rebic, Hakan Calhanoglu, Rafael Leao, Brahim Diaz, Hauge and Mandzukic.
Mandzukic is 5/1 to open proceedings and Rebic is 11/2. The Croatian team-mates helped their country get to the World Cup final in 2016 and few teams in the division can boast an attack as deep and dangerous as the Rossoneri. Calhanoglu is 9/4 to net anytime and in-form Leao is 8/5. Milan are 4/5 to get back on track.
One to watch for Bologna: Andreas Skov Olsen returned from a two-month spell on the treatment table at the beginning of the year. The winger will offer Mihajlović another option and is 11/1 to notch the final effort.
One to watch for Milan: Theo Hernandez has nine goal involvements to his name from just twenty appearances, a feat all the more impressive given his position. The flying full-back is 3/1 to bag anytime.
Long shot: Publicly, Milan are targeting a Champions League berth, but, behind closed doors, the Rossoneri will be talking up their Scudetto bid. Pioli’s troops have led the way for the majority of the campaign and after a bad defeat on home soil, Bologna will be on the receiving end of an onslaught. A repeat of the 5-1 outcome last July is 90/1.