Bologna take on the visitors Cremonese in the round 19 match of Italian Serie A. The match will be played on Monday, January 23rd at Stadio Renato Dall'Ara (Bologna).
Bologna played for a long time under the management of Mihajlovic. Sinisa did not leave the post even because of a serious illness (by the way, cancer eventually won), and provided relative stability to the wards. But their football gradually deteriorated, and at the beginning of this season they decided to part with the Serb, making room for Thiago Motta. The Italian Brazilian did not immediately give a result - after 10 rounds the club had only 1 victory. But the autumn segment ended with a powerful breakthrough, winning four times in 5 fights. After a long pause, however, the Rossoblu started with defeats, but hardly anyone was surprised by away 0-1 with Roma, and at home 1-2 with Atalanta, even if they managed to have a lead after 1st half. But on the 15th of January in Friuli, on the contrary, having quickly conceded, Bologna issued a strong-willed 2-1 on the Udinese’s field.
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Cremonese were surprisingly good last season. Pecchia managed to win a direct ticket to Calcio with them, but left the project for Parma. So during the long-awaited return to Serie A (they last played there in the mid-90s of the last century), Alvini worked with the players. Massimiliano's statistics turned out to be unique: 7 draws and 11 defeats. The newcomer of the division never won with this mentor, eventually going to the natural last, 20th place. Ballardini, who replaced the specialist, started ... with another draw, but already, of course, an honorable one. The outsider was able to knock out the formidable Napoli from the Italian Cup at San Paolo: Athena-Gyan secured 2-2 with a goal in the 87th minute, and then, playing out with ten men, the visitors were able to win a penalty shootout. However, Coppa's quarter-finalist only made his struggle for survival in Calcio more difficult, because they burned a lot of strength in Naples. And again they will hold a meeting on the road, and with a clearly more motivated opponent Napoli, who, it seems, were thinking about their chances for Scudetto right on the field.
In total, 4 matches were played between the clubs, and Cremonese did not lose once. They have a victory, in 1990, and 3 draws. Bologna are stronger and plays at home, and the change of mentor is unlikely to seriously help the visitors – they are still too weak.
Prediction for the match: Bologna to win.