Stadium: Renato Dall'Ara (Bologna)
Referee: Luca Massimi
Bologna lost at home to Cremonese and now will take another outsider of the Italian championship, La Spezia. Will the Red and Blue be able to win this time?Claim Your Welcome Bonus!
In their encounter with Cremonese, the team expectedly dominated and threatened the visitors' goal. But Bologna failed to convert their chances and conceded first - David Okereke netted a penalty at the beginning of the second half. The Red and Blue scored after just five minutes - Vlad Chiriches netted the ball but failed to do more (1:1). The absence of the main forwards, Marko Arnautovic and Nikola Sansone, caused a severe problem for Bologna. Bologna is sitting in 12th place in the standings, five points behind the European Cup competitions.
The team has a difficult schedule. Last week La Spezia played two matches against the giants, and both times, they lost. Firstly Spezia lost in the Italian Cup at the hands of Atalanta - 2:5. And then, in the national championship on the home field, they failed to cope with Roma - 0:2. However, it is unlikely that these results will affect the team's mood because in general, the beginning of the year turned out good - draws with Atalanta (2:2) and Lecce (0:0) and a great away win over Torino (1:0). In Serie A La Spezia is 15th in the table and six points ahead of the relegation zone.
Expert Betting Tips
It is no coincidence that Bologna is the bookmakers' favorite for the upcoming game - the team has noticeably improved under Thiago Motta and steadily collects points in meetings with equal or inferior opponents. However, in the game with La Spezia, Bologna might not win - the Red and Blue have a tough time without Marko Arnautovic in the attack. So here we bet cautiously on Bologna not to lose in an unproductive match - they haven't scored more than three goals in all ten Bologna home games in this championship.