Winless Bologna seek a first Serie A win of the campaign when Roma visit Emilia-Romagna. Pippo Inzaghi, a legendary figure in Italian football, has struggled since taking over from Roberto Donadoni in June and it doesn’t get any easier with champions Juventus coming up. Travelling party Roma sit in ninth.
Where and when: Stadio Renato Dall’Ara – 23 September, kick-off 14:00
Where you can see Bologna vs. Roma: Eleven Sports 2
Last time: Erick Pulgar gave the Rossoblu a first-half lead before Edin Dzeko equalised with 15 minutes remaining.
Bologna v Roma Predictions and Preview
Home side Bologna have lost three of their first four matches but perhaps the most damning statistic is their scoring tally. Inzaghi’s men have failed to net a single effort from 360 minutes of league action in a continuation of last term’s poor showing. The Rossoblu finished the campaign a mere four points above the drop and barely average a goal a game over the course of 38 fixtures.
Despite this, there are some good players at Inzaghi’s disposal with Mattia Destro and Rodrigo Palacio capable of 15 goals between them. Bologna are 5/1 to claim a first league win with Destro available at 15/2 to strike first against his former side.
Travelling squad Roma are without a win since their opening duel with Torino. Eusebio Di Francesco has yet to fully settle on his favoured first eleven and the Lupi could soon be playing catch-up in the race for a top four spot if a solution isn’t found swiftly.
|Roma to win 2-0||8/1||Offer|
|Bologna to score||8/15||Offer|
|Draw full-time result||14/5||Offer|
A positive for Di Francesco has been the early showings of summer signings Justin Kluivert, Javier Pastore and Bryan Cristante. Ajax youth graduate Kluivert made an instant impact in the victory against Toro, digging out the cross for Dzeko, while midfielders Pastore and Cristante registered in the meetings with Atalanta and Chievo respectively. Roma remain the clear favourites at 4/6 with Dzeko leading the way at 2/1 in the first scorer stakes. A clean sheet for the visitors is available at 11/8.
One to watch for Bologna: Riccardo Orsolini. The Juventus owned winger is 13/1 to score the final goal of the encounter and could seriously hurt veteran Aleksandar Kolarov with his pace in the closing stages.
One to watch for Roma: Stephan El Shaarawy at 16/2 in the same market. The former Milan attacker was initially pushed down the pecking order at the start of the new term, but proved his worth in the draw against Chievo and should get another opportunity.
Long shot: Aside from the clash with bitter rivals Lazio at the end of the month, Roma have a reasonable set of games to navigate, and must now put a run together. The Lupi are priced at 30/1 to win 4-0 and pile more misery on Inzaghi in the process.