AS Roma VS Bologna Prediction
“Stadio Olimpico” in Italian capital Rome is set to host last game from round 12 in the Serie A, where hosts AS Roma and guests from Bologna have good reasons to hope on a positive result before the upcoming two-week break for international football. AS Roma will be confident of retaining second position and getting back on track against struggling Bologna, who are without a victory in six games. In fact “The Giallorossi” can be pleased with the 1-1 draw between Napoli and their city rivals Lazio on Saturday night, which was best possible outcome for Luciano Spalletti’s side and they’ll pray for more slips on Sunday afternoon, when AC Milan visits Palermo, while at the same time leaders Juventus will challenge Chievo in Verona.
AS Roma vs Bologna – Team News and Match Preview
In certain circumstances Roma can keep its second position even if they lose to Bologna, but of course, such a scenario is not subject of any discussions and the only result which will be well-received by the home crowd is nothing else but a victory against Bologna. Last weekend Roma’s streak of four consecutive Calcio wins was halted by a goalless tie in Empoli, but an impressive 4-2 win over Austria Vienna in the UEFA Europa League midweek round has restored some of that confidence.
Last two meetings between Roma and Bologna have been marked by draws and this requires proper attention by “The Roman Wolves”. Only couple of months ago (in April) “The Rossoblu” have stolen a point from “Olimpico” with the 1-1 draw, second between Roberto Donadoni and AS Roma (first one was against Rudi Garcia) during season 2015-2016.
“The Rossoblu” hinted for bigger potential in opening weeks of the season, but however, facing Roberto Donadoni’s side will be a tricky encounter for the capital club since experienced personality like Donadoni knows how to cause big trouble to the “big names”. Bologna are winless in the last six Serie A rounds, in which they have four draws and two defeats, but some of the draws were against other clubs who have particular claims for European football – 1:1 in the outings vs Inter Milan and Lazio.
After these results we find Bologna at the 16th position, but anyway, they’re with six points above teams of Pescara and Empoli (17th and 18th), so they can enter into this one without much pressure.
AS Roma vs Bologna – Betting Prediction and Possible Lineups
The odds are entirely in AS Roma’s favour, but they cannot afford to underestimate Bologna or any other side led by a coach like Roberto Donadoni. Not when Luciano Spalletti must build completely different lineup and he has half a dozen absentees. Mário Rui, Thomas Vermaelen, Kostas Manolas, Emerson, Alessandro Florenzi and Francesco Totti are all injured and will miss the round, so we cannot expect best formation by “The Wolves”, especially at the back.
Antonio Rüdiger is back in action, but German defender will need some time to get in-form, so he can be an option for Federico Fazio’s partner here, while Daniele De Rossi (who played as a centre-back in Vienna) should return to its regular position in midfield.
“The Rossoblu” are in serious need of points and they’ll try to benefit from Roma’s defensive inconsistency.
Former Roma striker Mattia Destro finally returns from a month out injured to visit his old stomping ground, so expectations are Destro to start on top, receiving support by Luca Rizzo and Ladislav Krejci through the wings, while Bologna’s midfield also includes some interesting names – Saphir Taïder, Blerim Dzemaili and Adam Nagy.
Antonio Mirante, Marios Oikonomou and Vasilis Torosidis are out with injuries and captain Daniele Gastaldello is suspended at the back.
Final conclusion and Betting Prediction
Roma are consistent in being unpredictable and they look able to score at any moment, but then they concede when they seem to be in control. Their playing style can be improved, but what they really need to do better is the way they approach each game. Considering their absentees in defense and fact Bologna is expected to play on counters, in our opinion it’s very likely to observe similar scenario once again.
Past six meetings between AS Roma and Bologna have brought to us total amount of 23 goals.
Few good reasons to pick “Both teams to score – Yes“ as our bet for the upcoming Serie A fixture on Sunday night, 6 November 2016, meeting teams of AS Roma and Bologna for the first time during the 2016-17 season.
Venue: “Stadio Olimpico”, Rome.
Referee: Piero Giacomelli.
Possible starting lineups of AS Roma and Bologna
AS Roma: Wojciech Szczesny – Juan Jesus, Federico Fazio, Antonio Rüdiger, Bruno Peres – Daniele De Rossi, Leandro Paredes – Mohamed Salah, Radja Nainggolan, Stephan El Shaarawy – Edin Dzeko. (4-2-3-1)
Bologna FC: Angelo da Costa – Ibrahima Mbaye, Alex Ferrari, Filip Helander, Adam Masina – Blerim Dzemaili, Adám Nagy, Saphir Taider – Ladislav Krejci, Luca Rizzo, Mattia Destro. (4-3-3)