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Bologna will travel to the Stadio Artemio Franchi to face Fiorentina as they hope to keep their survival hopes alive.
Fiorentina are in 10th place, and they are comfortable in their position with nothing left to play for this season. They are not in danger of relegation, but their recent form proved to be the last straw for coach Stefano Pioli. The club raised questions over his ‘professionalism’, and he resigned from duties last week. Fiorentina side is winless in their previous eight games in all competitions, losing three of them. They lost last week to second from bottom Frosinone, which was a result not expected by many.
The dressing room vibes are far from perfect at Fiorentina, and new manager Vincenzo Montella will look to change that. Montella was the Viola manager from 2012 to 2015, a tenure in which he impressed. He guided the club to three consecutive fourth-place finishes, which was a commendable achievement. Montella left in acrimonious circumstances, but he will want to mend those relations now.
Fiorentina’s strength is in the attack, and specifically on the wings. Federico Chiesa and Luis Muriel will be key for Montella, and it will be interesting to see what lineup he puts out in his first game in charge. Fiorentina have won just once since the start of February, and picking up some points is the priority for the new coach.
Bologna meanwhile have problems of their own, as they are in a relegation battle. They sit just two points clear of safety, with only one spot separating them from the bottom three. Coach Sinisa Mihajlovic previously managed Fiorentina, and that will provide extra motivation for the game. Their recent form is promising, as they have won four out of their last five league games. Maintaining that level will go a long way in achieving Serie A status for another season.
They beat Chievo 3-1 in the last game, as Eric Pulgar scored twice from the penalty spot. Their attack has impressed in recent weeks. Bologna have scored two or more goals in four of their last five Serie A games. The form they are in is not indicative of their league position, as relegation is still a real possibility. Bologna will be without striker Mattia Destro, and Rodrigo Palacio should start in attack.
Serie A Fiorentina-Bologna Prediction
The head to head records is on Fiorentina’s side, as they have lost only one of the last 16 home ties with Bologna. However, recent form suggests otherwise. Despite the contrasting league positions, both sides will go into the tie on equal footing. Both teams should score in the game, as Bologna will look to get a much-needed win.
Fiorentina have enough quality to beat Bologna, but their head is arguably not in the right place at the moment. A lot depends on what Montella implements in his first game in charge. The tie could go either way, and a draw seems a safe result to bet on in the circumstances.
Both Teams To Score- Yes @ 1.80 at Bet365
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