Second place Bologna welcome Roma to Emilia-Romagna in Matchday 4 of the Serie A calendar. Remarkably, only Inter have accumulated more points than a Rossoblu side ahead of champions Juventus in the table. In the opposing camp, Paulo Fonseca finally got his first win on the board as Lupi boss in the 4-2 win against Sassuolo.
Where and when: Stadio Renato Dall’Ara, Bologna – 22 September, kick-off 14:00
Where you can see Bologna vs. Roma: Premier Sports 1
Last time: Aleksandar Kolarov opened the scoring and it was soon two as team-mate Federico Fazio got on the scoresheet. Nicola Sansone netted late on for the Rossoblu but it was not enough to earn a share of the spoils.
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Bologna v Roma Predictions and Preview
In keeping with a thrilling Serie A campaign to date, Bologna found themselves 3-1 down in their last match away at Brescia, before mounting a stunning comeback. The Rossoblu came out on top in the seven-goal thriller in a real advert for the Italian game.
Veteran Rodrigo Palacio cited a half-time phone call from boss Sinisa Mihajlovic, who is undergoing a bout of chemotherapy and was unable to take his place in the dugout. The charismatic Serbian was appointed at the end of January as Bologna looked set for relegation and is adored in the terraces.
The Rossoblu ultimately stayed up in comfortable fashion and have continued where they left off, claiming two wins and one draw from the 2019-20 season. Bologna are 9/5 to emerge triumphant and 5/2 to maintain their unbeaten start.
Only Napoli have scored more goals than a visiting Roma squad, but it is a leaky rearguard which will concern Fonseca. The ex-Shakhtar Donetsk manager did make defensive reinforcements in the summer and if Chris Smalling and Gianluca Mancini can settle in, the Giallorossi should be in contention for a European berth.
Further forward, Fonseca will be buoyed by the front four that featured against Sassuolo. Justin Kluivert and Edin Dzeko hit the back of the net, as did debutant Henrikh Mkhitaryan, while Lorenzo Pellegrini, in a more advanced position, set up three of the four goals.
One to watch for Bologna: Riccardo Orsolini has great promise and has three goal contributions from as many appearances. The talented 22-year-old wideman is 5/2 to register anytime.
One to watch for Roma: Kolarov is now the designated penalty taker and is 6/1 to score anytime. The marauding Serbian is also front of the queue when a free-kick is awarded.
Long shot: Sunday’s meeting may not get the same coverage as the Derby della Madonnina, but promises to be one to watch. Both clubs are considerably stronger going forward and the respective backlines are likely to be in for a long 90 minutes. As a result, an exhilarating 3-3 final outcome is available at 48/1.