Sports activities Mole previews Sunday’s Serie A conflict between Bologna and Torino, together with predictions, staff information and attainable lineups.
Following final week’s win over the champions, Torino purpose to construct on that success after they go to bologna on Sunday afternoon, at Stadio Renato Dall’Ara.
Having posted three consecutive victories since dropping the Turin derby, the Granata are having fun with their most fruitful spell of the season; their hosts, in the meantime, beat Monza final day out in Serie A and now sit comfortably in mid-table.
After failing to encourage an upturn in outcomes since his appointment as Bologna boss earlier this season, Thiago Motta‘s document appears considerably higher after occasions previously fortnight.
Again-to-back wins, albeit each towards promoted sides, have lifted his staff away from the Serie A drop zone and given the previous Spezia coach some respiratory area within the Dall’Ara dugout.
Following a Coppa Italia success towards second-tier Cagliari, the Rossoblu noticed off the problem of Lecce two weeks in the past, then managed to drag off a spirited comeback towards Monza on Monday night time.
With out prime scorer Marko Arnautovicit was all the way down to Lewis Ferguson and substitute winger Riccardo Orsolini to attain the objectives which earned Bologna all three factors in Lombardy, after that they had fallen behind simply wanting the hour mark.
On Sunday, the Emilian membership might win successive Serie A house video games for the primary time since September 2021, which demonstrates their lack of consistency over the previous yr.
With video games towards Inter and native rivals Sassuolo to come back earlier than the World Cup break, they could really feel their greatest probability of progressing additional up the desk is to take down Torino on dwelling soil.
Together with a goalless draw when the edges final met, again in March, Torino have misplaced simply certainly one of their final 10 Serie A matches towards Bologna, with that solitary defeat coming as way back as March 2019.
The Turin membership may have each cause to hope for one more constructive outcome from their newest journey to Emilia-Romagna, as – like their hosts – they begin Sunday’s early kickoff on the again of three straight successes in league and cup.
Essentially the most notable of all got here final weekend, when Ivan Juric‘s males defied a rotten document versus Milan – which had seen them go with out scoring previous the Rossoneri for practically 500 minutes – to stun their guests with a 2-1 win.
Two objectives in fast succession, from Koffi Djidji and Aleksey Miranchukset them on their means, and regardless of the Scudetto holders hanging again by way of a controversial Junior Messias aim in a while – shortly after which Juric was despatched to the stands – Il Toro held out for 3 valuable factors.
Having beforehand overwhelmed Cittadella within the Coppa Italia and Udinese within the league, Torino aren’t solely poised to satisfy Milan within the subsequent spherical of the cup however have additionally crept again into the highest half of the Serie A standings. They sit 4 factors above Bologna after 12 rounds of motion, so will likely be eager to not let that hole slender this weekend.
Bologna Serie A kind:
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Regardless of faring effectively sufficient in his absence, the possible return of main scorer and attacking talisman Marko Arnautovic ought to see Thiago Motta reshuffle his ahead line on Sunday; Joshua Zirkzee is ready to make means.
Solely centre-back Kevin Bonifazi continues to be sidelined by harm for Bologna, who might title an in any other case unchanged XI.
That will imply Lewis Ferguson retains his place in assist of the lone frontman. Now on two Serie A objectives following final week’s strike at Monza, solely Napoli’s John Simeone has scored a minimum of twice in fewer minutes than the Scottish star. He has additionally began every of his staff’s final three league video games, after making simply three substitute appearances to that time.
Torino, in the meantime, are additionally anticipated to maintain modifications to a minimal, as they give the impression of being to capitalize on the momentum gained from slaying Milan.
Ola Ainafirst-choice striker Antonio Sanabria and back-up goalkeeper Etrit Berisha are all unavailable as a result of harm, and in Sanabria’s absence, Pietro Pellegri begins up entrance.
Hoping to retain his spot within the guests’ midfield, younger Samuel Ricci‘s solely aim in 39 Serie A appearances got here towards Bologna, in September of final yr. rival hand Karol Linetty is suspended in any case, and the Granata are unbeaten in league matches he has performed to date this time period (4 wins and two attracts).
Bologna attainable beginning lineup:
Skorupsky; Posch, Soumaoro, Lucumi, Cambiaso; Medel, Dominguez; Aebischer, Ferguson, Barrow; Arnautovic
Torino attainable beginning lineup:
Milinkovic-Savic; Djidji, Schuurs, Rodriguez; Singo, Lukic, Ricci, Lazaro; Miranchuk, Vlasic; Pellegri
We are saying: Bologna 1-1 Torino
Each groups have scored at a price of round one aim per sport in Serie A this season, and beneath Ivan Juric, Torino tends to maintain issues tight. Due to this fact, a low-scoring draw may very well be on the playing cards at Dall’Ara, which might see both aspect prolong their unbeaten run.
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