Bologna vs Genoa by Enzo
Bologna is having pretty decent start in the new season and the team especially impressed last weekend when they managed to get a point away from home against much more reputable Inter in a 1:1 draw. They were the first ones who threatened, scoring a goal in fourteenth minute via Destro, but the hosts responded towards the end of the first halftime with a goal from Perisic.
Till the end of the game Inter remained with more of the ball possession, but without really concrete chances, since the visitors looked pretty decent in defense. After this draw earned, Bologna remained at the upper part of the table, currently being at fourth position together with four more teams, which is just five points below leaders from Juventus and in case they get a victory here, the team might be able to start thinking about the fight for European tickets. At home they have three victories out of three matches and no doubt that they'll want to continue in the same manner.
Bologna should continue in quite attacking 4-3-3 formation with Verdi, Krejci and Destro as forwards. Federico Di Francesco should be back in the starting lineup after serving suspension, while the home side continues to miss goalkeeper Antonio Mirante (2/0) due hearth problems, but also defensive midfielders Federico Viviani (1/0) and two really long term ones, forward Umar Sadiq and other goalkeeper, Alfred Gomis, both without performing so far in the season.
Genoa, on the other side, made a bit of a setback last weekend when they stood to a 1:1 home draw against Pescara. They were the first ones to open up the scoreline with a goal from Simeone in 47th minute, but then they stood playing with two men less (in 74th Edenilson and 77th Pandev were excluded), which was exploited from the players of Pescara and the equalizer came in 85th via Manaj.
Together with this draw, Genoa is now without a victory in last three matches, previously drawing to Napoli at home and losing out to Sassuolo two weeks ago. Still, the team is in the middle of the table with eight points earned, which is three more than relegating placed Palermo, but also just two less than fourth placed sides.
Visitors from Genoa should be playing in 3-4-3 formation, wth Ntcham, Simeone and Gakpe as forwards. Their manager Juric will have problems in attack, since he misses injured Leonardo Pavoletti (4/2, forward), but also injured offensive Lucas Ocampos (5/0) and Goran Pandev (3/0) who is suspended. Right full back Edenilson (2/0) is also suspended this time.
- Bologna have kept a clean sheet in their last 5 matches against Genoa.
- Bologna are undefeated in their last 5 home matches against Genoa.
Bologna looked really decent since the start of the season and their attacking players seem to know their job very well. Genoa is not naive side, however the team misses many players upfront and shouldn't be able to get many threatening situations in front of opponent's goal. Hosts are favorites for this game in my mind and I'll take them considering the odds as valuable.