Bologna will look to bolster their top-half push when they host bottom-stragglers Brescia at Stadio Renato Dall’Ara in the Serie A on Saturday.
Bologna Match Form
After finishing 10th last season, I Rossoblu find themselves in 11th place currently, picking up 27 points from 21 games. They are currently level on points with Napoli and Torino while Verona are 2 points ahead. Further ahead are Milan, Parma and Cagliari, all on 31 points with the latter occupying the final European spot.
Thus, Sinisa Mihajlovic’s men have enough motivation to try and push for the remainder of the season for that UEFA Europa League spot. After defeating SPAL 3-1 in the last league game, with Musa Barrow and Andrea Poli getting on the score-sheet, confidence will be high in the squad.
Bologna will be absolute favorites to win this game, especially in front of their home fans.
Brescia Match Form
Coming to their opponent, Brescia lie at the bottom of the table and are stuck in a relegation battle. After winning the Serie B to get promoted, Le Rondinelle would not have expected this at the start of this season.
They have picked up just 15 points from 21 games, same as Genoa and SPAL and above them. Lecce in 17th place, just a point ahead, however, Sampdoria in 16th place are a further 4 points ahead.
Thus, Eugenio Corini’s men definitely have a chance to survive albeit a slim one. A string of good results is absolutely vital and getting a point even away to Bologna will be invaluable to Brescia’s cause.
After putting up a good fight in the 1-0 loss to Milan in the last game, the away side will look to put up a better performance this time around and get a result.
In terms of team news, Bologna will miss Nicola Sansone and Mattia Bani due to suspension while there are question marks over the availability of Gary Medel, Stefano Denswil and Ladislav Krejci.
Coming to Brescia, Le Rondinelle will be without Mario Balotelli due to suspension with Corini having the rest of his squad available for selection.
Bologna vs Brescia H2H & Last Meetings
Looking at head-to-head, both teams faced each other 22 times with Bologna winning 8 to Brescia’s 6. In the last 5 meetings, both teams have won twice with just one draw in those matches.
The last 3 meetings at this stadium have seen Bologna register 2 clean sheets, winning both of them. While Mihajlovic would love for his side to shut out their opponents, no clean sheets in their last 10 games across all competitions hint at a good chance for Brescia to find the back of the net.
However, Brescia have failed to win any of their last 6 games, scoring just 5 goals. The home side have good recent form as well, losing just once in their last 5 league games.
Thus, Bologna are overwhelming favorites to win this one and can be expected to register a clean sheet while winning by 2+ goals.
Bologna Predicted XI: Skorupski; Tomiyasu, Danilo, Paz, Mbaye; Schouten, Poli; Orsolini, Soriano, Palacio; Santander
Brescia Predicted XI: Joronen; Sabelli, Cistana, Chancellor, Mateju; Bisoli, Tonali, Dessena; Romulo; Torregrossa, Aye