Bologna hosts Parma in round 36 of Italian Serie A. The match will be played on Monday, May 12th at Stadio Renato Dall'Ara (Bologna)
In the last round, the men of Siniša Mihajlović played away with Milan and lost with a 1: 2 score. The hosts scored two goals convincingly enough but did not manage to dry the game and created problems for themselves. First, “Bologna” reduced the goal deficit to a minimum (due to Destro's efforts), and after two minutes, Milan remained in the minority – Paqueta earned the second yellow card. Bologna tried to save the match but did not manage to do it in the majority. Moreover, two Bologna players, Sansone and Dijks, earned two red cards within one minute in added time.
In the course of this season, Bologna experienced a change of coaching staff. For most of the season, the Red and Blues played under the management of Filippo Inzaghi. For a long time, the bosses of the club exercised their patience and did not dismiss the young coach; however, he clearly lacked experience, so the results did not improve, and the team continued to balance on the verge of the relegation zone. When Siniša Mihajlović became the coach, things of Bologna immediately started looking up. The Red and Blues quickly got out of the danger zone and now have only theoretical chances to drop in class. To date, they are in 15th place, with 37 points after 35 matches. Lately, the fans of Bologna are particularly pleased with the game of their team in the home arena, where it managed to win 5 last matches – Cagliari, Sassuolo, Chievo, Sampdoria and Empoli were beaten in a row.
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The Crusaders managed to repeat the deed of Fiorentina and Napoli - the once formidable club returned to Serie A after the bankruptcy and managed to do it quickly. Nobody believed that the team would be able to gain a foothold in the elite, but apparently, Parma will not relegate to Serie B. Moreover, nobody has heard anything about coach Roberto D’Aversa before this season. When Parma formed its squad during the last year, it signed only free agents.
Gervinho, who was almost forgotten, shows a surprisingly decent game in this season. Recently, he played in China, but after returning to Parma, he is experiencing Indian summer. The fans are also pleased with the game of Bruno Alves, who not only acts reliably in defense but also scores important goals. What is most interesting, Alves hit the target of rivals not with headers but from free kicks. Currently, Parma has 38 points in the asset and is one position higher than Bologna. Interestingly, the Crusaders ended 5 last matches in a draw.
The first leg match at Ennio Tardini stadium ended in a draw - 0:0. The game was quite rude, as evidenced by 6 yellow cards. But in general, the result was fair, and the fact that the teams failed to score even once was also fair. They almost did not create attempts near the box of each other and hit the target only three times for two teams. Recently, they like to tie in face-to-face meetings - 7 out of 10 last matches ended in a draw.
If you look at the statistics, Parma has few chances to win the upcoming meeting. The fact is that Bologna has won 5 last home games and will certainly want to extend the winning streak. But at the same time, it is better to insure the victory of Mihajlovich’s men with a zero handicap, because face-to-face meetings between these opponents don’t determine the winner rather often.
Prediction for the match: Bologna to win with 0.0 handicap