Bologna are set to host Parma in a bottom-half of the table clash at Stadio Renato Dall’Ara in the Serie A on Monday.
The home side have come into their own in recent months, especially with the appointment of Sinisa Mihajlovic. The legendary Pippo Inzaghi was their previous coach, but it did not turn out well for the Rossoblu as they were dragged into a relegation fight.
Currently, Bologna are 15th in the Serie A table, with 37 points from 35 games. They are five clear of Empoli in 18th place, with three games to go. Thus, Mihajlovic’s side are relatively safe but would prefer to get a few more points on board to prevent late drama in the league.
The home side will be high on confidence despite AC Milan ending their 4-match unbeaten run last weekend with a close 2-1 win.
Coming to their visitors, Parma have tailed off in recent months after an excellent start to the season. As a result, they are forced to look behind them as they are closer to relegation than they would have wanted.
The Crociati are currently 14th in the league table, a point above their opponents, with 38 points from 35 games. Thus, they are 6 points clear of the drop zone but would prefer a few more points to ensure their safety mathematically.
Roberto D’Aversa’s side were held to a 3-3 draw by Sampdoria at Parma Store in the previous week and will look to find a win soon.
In terms of team news, Mihajlovic will be missing three players due to suspension. Nicola Sansone, Andrea Poli and Mitchell Djiks are all out of the game due to various suspensions. Federico Mattiello is a doubt for the game with a thigh injury.
Parma have more significant problems in terms of injuries and suspensions, and they could struggle to name a proper bench for the clash. Juraj Krucka and Antonio Barilla are suspended for the game while Amato Ciciretti and Francisco Sierralta could potentially be fit for the encounter.
Alberto Grassi, Roberto Inglese and Jonathon Biabiany are all long-term absentees. Meanwhile, Riccardo Gagliolo, Abdou Lahat Diakhate and Nicolas Schiappacasse are doubts for the game. Thus D’Aversa has a real task on his hands to put up a fighting lineup for the match.
In terms of head-to-head, both teams are pretty close. Out of 31 meetings between the two, Bologna have won 10 to Parma’s nine while 12 ended in draws. The reverse fixture ended as a stalemate as well.
Bologna vs Parma Prediction
The home side are unbeaten in their last four meetings with Parma and are in a good run of form. Mihajlovic’s team have won 5 consecutive home matches in the Serie A and scored a minimum of 2 goals in each of them, including a minimum of 3 goals in their last 3.
On the other hand, the Crociati drew their last five games. They are winless in their last 8 Serie A games, conceding 11 goals in that period.
Thus, recent form, head-to-head and injury lists all point to a Bologna win, and that should be the case for this match.
Bologna Predicted XI: Skorupski; Mbaye, Danilo, Lyanco, Krejci; Pulgar, Dzemaili; Orsolini, Soriano, Edera; Palacio
Parma Predicted XI: Sepe; Iacoponi, Bruno Alves, Bastoni; Gazzola, Stulac, Scozzarella, Rigoni, Dimarco; Siligardi, Gervinho