Inter Milan VS Bologna Prediction
Sunday’s Serie A schedule continues with a clash at the “Stadio Giuseppe Meazza” in Milan, where Inter aims for fourth win in a row but Bologna will not give up so easily. “The Nerazzurri” are with three consecutive Serie A victories and someone would think a fourth versus Bologna will be relatively simple, but “The Rossoblu” are on only one point behind Inter and they should not be underestimated in any aspect. Basically Bologna does well at home and they have conceded 8 goals in only two visits this season, so Roberto Donadoni will have to work on a defensive improvement if he wants to upset Frank de Boer’s Inter.
Inter Milan vs Bologna – Match Preview
Nerazzurri’s midweek adventure was decided after an early action and two goals scored by Mauro Icardi, when in Wednesday evening Inter won in Empoli. That 2-0 success came after only 17 minutes of football at the “Stadio Carlo Castellani” and Frank de Boer’s side have confirmed their domestic form after previous wins over Pescara (2-1), as well as the icing on the cake – the 2-1 win over Juventus last weekend. We believe that after this decent streak everyone in Milan have forgotten about the disappointing beginning of the season and mostly about the UEFA Europa League home loss by Hapoel Be’er Sheva.
It seems that Frank de Boer has established his new club as an UEFA Champions League contender, at least in short term, so it’s up to him to keep his player focused. Everything happens not without the great financial boost by the Chinese investors “Suning Holdings Group”, who have acquired a majority stake in Inter Milan for about €270 million and this simply justifies all transfers made in past few months. João Mário, Ever Banega and Antonio Candreva are already key players, while Marcelo Brozovic and Gabriel “Gabigol” Barbosa Almeida are waiting for their chance to shine.
Bologna have shown us lack of any consistency as they alternate home wins with defeats on the road and this shouldn’t surprise us. Bologna’s last away win remains somewhere in February and Roberto Donadoni will have to work more on that if experienced Italian coach wants to build a battleworthy team at “Stadio Renato Dall’Ara”. Donadoni’s summer signings are improving the overall quality in Bologna and they’re keen to end that losing form, being inspired by the 2-0 win vs Sampdoria on Wednesday evening. This was fourth consecutive home win for Bologna and The Rossoblu will do their best to carry out the same effort in Milan.
Inter Milan vs Bologna – Betting Prediction and Possible Lineups
Inter Milan welcomes Bologna with even more improved formation as Ever Banega returns in the squad, as the Argentine midfielder missed the midweek win in Empoli due to suspension. He was sent-off in the glorious comeback against Juventus and his presence behind Mauro Icardi will cause even bigger threat to Bologna’s defense.
Antonio Candreva and Ivan Perisic look certain for both wings while João Mário will be pulled back next to Gary Medel. This means that probably Geoffrey Kondogbia will be the one dropped out from Inter’s starting lineup. Otherwise we don’t expect any other rotations compared to squad that won in Empoli. Frank de Boer can rest its key players in the upcoming travel to the Czech Republic, where Inter will play its second UEFA Europa League fixture against Sparta Prague. We’re pretty sure that Serie A is the competition from top priority for Dutch coach, especially when next round Inter will challenge AS Roma away from home.
Meanwhile Bologna’s boss Roberto Donadoni will be looking to Simone Verdi and Mattia Destro to keep up on their fine form, as they have both scored in their last time out and both assists were delivered by the third in Bologna’s attacking formation – Ladislav Krejci.
Czech left winger was replaced by Federico Di Francesco in closing minutes against Sampdoria but Di Francesco failed to impress and his appearance will be remembered with the straight red card which rules him out from the upcoming round. However, Swedish right defender Emil Krafth returns in the squad but we believe Donadoni will start with Vasilis Torosidis on his position again.
Goalkeepers Alfred Gomis and Antonio Mirante are both out, as well as Federico Viviani and Umar Sadiq.
On other hand Frank de Boer has full squad available with the exception of Marco Andreolli’s injury, but anyway he’s not a first-team player and the centre-back duo Miranda/Jeison Murillo is doing fine job.
Final conclusion and Betting Prediction
It is interesting to note that Inter have only lost twice in their last 20 matches against Bologna, as they have both come in the last few years. Moreover, they were in front of the home crowd at the “Stadio Giuseppe Meazza” and all of them were in period 2012-2013, respectively 0-3 and 0-1. These efforts of Stefano Pioli’s Bologna may be helpful for Bologna of Roberto Donadoni and we expect a goal by the away side.
We also expect at least one goal by Inter and therefore we find good value in odds for “Both teams to score – Yes“. Like we already mentioned, Bologna allowed 8 goals in its previous outings against Torino (1-5) and Napoli (1-3), but they have also scored in both occasions.
Venue: “Stadio Giuseppe Meazza”, Milan.
Referee: Domenico Celi.
Possible starting lineups of Inter Milan and Bologna
FC Internazionale Milan: Samir Handanovic – Davide Santon, Miranda, Jeison Murillo, Danilo D’Ambrosio – Gary Medel, João Mário – Ivan Perisic, Ever Banega, Antonio Candreva – Mauro Icardi. (4-2-3-1)
Bologna FC: Angelo da Costa – Adam Masina, Daniele Gastaldello, Marios Oikonomou, Vasilis Torosidis – Saphir Taider, Adám Nagy, Blerim Dzemaili – Ladislav Krejcí, Simone Verdi, Mattia Destro. (4-3-3)