Third place Roma travel to middling Bologna in Serie A action on Saturday afternoon. It has been a remarkable month for Eusebio Di Francesco and his side, registering four successive wins in all competitions and they have stolen a march on bitter neighbours Lazio who appeared the favourites to finish behind Napoli and Juventus.
Where and when: Stadio Renato Dall’Ara – 31 March, kick-off 11:30
Where you can see Bologna vs. Roma: BT Sport, William Hill live streaming
Last time: Stephan El Shaarawy struck the game’s only goal when the clubs met back in October, though the scoreline failed to do the encounter justice as both sides squandered a host of chances.
Bologna v Roma Serie A Betting Tips and Preview
It’s a Rome double for Roberto Donadoni’s men, having frustrated free-scoring Lazio before the international break, and this feat was even more impressive as the clash was at Stadio Olimpico. The home team are two wins away from securing their top-flight status and will almost certainly better last campaign’s 15th place finish.
Donadoni has in-demand Italy international Simone Verdi at his disposal and the attacker is by far his side’s star performer. Verdi, who was the subject of intense transfer speculation in January, is expected to move to Napoli in the summer and is 7/1 to strike first. Meanwhile, the Rossoblu are 15/4 to pick up a surprise triumph.
Roma have looked a completely different outfit since denting Maurizio Sarri’s title hopes and while the battle for the Champions League places is likely to go to the wire, the Lupi do look capable of pulling away from the Biancocelesti and the Milan giants.
While Di Francesco’s buoyant troops are hitting the headlines for rediscovering their goalscoring touch, crucially, and just as significant, they are keeping out the opposition. Commanding defender Federico Fazio has marshalled the backline impeccably allowing Alisson to register three straight clean sheets and confidence is running high throughout the squad.
Giallorossi star duo Radja Nainggolan and Edin Dzeko also look back to their best and the Bosnian hitman is predictably the favourite in the first goalscorer market. Dzeko is available at 3/1 to open proceedings and net his 14th league goal of the season, while Roma are 7/10 to have too much for Bologna at the final whistle.
One to watch for Bologna: Former Lupi striker Mattia Destro scored last when the teams met in his debut season in Emilia-Romagna. The burly forward is 27/2 to repeat his exploits again.
One to watch for Roma: Cengiz Under was Roma’s standout performer in February while his teammates were struggling. The Turkish sensation is priced at 18/3 to bag any time during the 90.
Long shot: Roma have won five and drawn three of their last eight trips to Northern Italy and will understandably fancy their chances of extending this unbeaten sequence. Despite this, Bologna are no pushovers and have given a good account of themselves against the top sides in the division. A close fought 3-2 success for the Giallorossi is 101/4.