Bologna vs Udinese by JerryDrake
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Bologna have the chance to overtake Udinese in the table: Bologna 18 points, Udinese 21. They started the year with a defeat in Catania and after that game they obtained three draws with Lazio (0-0 H), Napoli (2-2 H) and Sampdoria (1-1 A). Udinese started with a defeat too (Verona 1-3 H) and lost also in Genoa against Sampdoria, at home against Lazio and in Parma. Udinese qualified to the Coppa Italia semifinals by defeating both Inter (1-0 H) and Milan (2-1 A). Three days after this encounter in Bologna they will play the semifinal against Fiorentina.
As a consequence of this series of results, Udinese president Pozzo has started thinking of substituting coach Guidolin. The coach has always guaranteed good seasons in the last seasons. Maybe Pozzo has forgotten the huge number of good players sold in these years like for example Alexis Sanchez, Handanovic, Cuadrado, Asamoah and Armero. At their places other players come but Guidolin can not make miracles. He needs time in order to get the best from his team. Nico Lopez has shown his skills at San Siro, Dusan Basta is in the wish list of many teams, Heurtaux is playing well.
The problem is also that Totò Di Natale spoiled the fans by scoring tons of goals in his carreer in Udine. Now he is not scoring at the same scoring rate of the past. He refused to play for Juventus a couple of years ago as he loves Udine but he has now started thinking of leaving Udine and move back to Empoli.
Also Alino Diamanti on the Bologna side was very close to leave Bologna as Marcello Lippi, coach of Guangzhou Evergrande wanted him to join the Chinese league. Bologna refused the Chinese offer and Diamanti remained and scored the last minute equalizer in Genoa through a penalty kick. But he still could be sold if Guangzhou offer more money.
Compared to last round, Bologna will have back their Greek midfield player Panagiotis Kone (19/4) while Bianchi is confirmed in the attack together with Diamanti. Udinese coach Guidolin have played with some reserves in Parma (Widmer, Bubnjic and Douglas) and it is not sure if he will pick the best available players or keep some regulars ready for the Coppa Italia match. In the training sessions Di Natale has played together with Lopez.
This means that Di Natale will have the chance to play after watching two games from the bench (something unusual for him). After this break he will surely want to start scoring again.
I liked the way Bologna played in the last two games. Under normal conditions I would bet on Bologna AH. Guaraldi, president of Bologna, has not solved internal problems and Kone could soon be leaving to Lazio and substitute Hernanes (who signed for Inter) while they are still waiting for more money from Guangzhou. With this situation I can not imagine how can the Rossoblu succeed in finding motivations.
Guidolin risks to be sacked, Udinese players have been criticized by their fans and if they want to play against Fiorentina with their supporters on their side they must first leave the risky 15th place in the table, at least stop losing games. In Italy fans would not like to reach the Coppa Italia final and relegate and play the Europa League with a Serie B squad. This is the reason why this match in Bologna is so important, more important (for now) than the Coppa Italia semifinal.
My bet is for Udinese AH. Correct score: 1-2
Bologna: Curci, Antonsson, Natali, Cherubin, Garics, Perez, Kone, Pazienza, Morleo, Diamanti, Bianchi. Trainer: Ballardini
Udinese: Brkic, Heurtaux, Danilo, Naldo, Basta, Pereyra, Allan, Pinzi, Gabriel Silva, Nico Lopez (or Muriel), Di Natale. Trainer: Guidolin
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