Bologna take on the visitors Torino in the round 13 match of Italian Serie A. The match will be played on Monday, November 27th at Stadio Renato Dall'Ara (Bologna).
Over the past few years at Bologna, Thiago Motta has built a very solid team that, under favorable circumstances, can compete for a spot in the European competitions in Serie A. The Rossoblu, true to their nickname, justify their reputation by demonstrating resilient football. After a defeat to Milan (0-2) in the first round, the team remained unbeaten in the league for 11 consecutive matches. Only just before the break for international matches did their successful streak get interrupted by a loss to Fiorentina (1-2). It's worth noting that Bologna doesn't win very often this season, mostly playing to draws—sharing points with opponents six times and securing victories only four times.
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Competing with the determined Turin-based team won't be easy for Bologna, but at the very least, securing a draw should be within their reach. The Bulls are no slouches either and consistently affirm their status as a solid mid-table team in the Serie A. Moreover, under the guidance of Ivan Juric, they seem to have overcome their slump, remaining unbeaten in the last three Serie A rounds, collecting 7 points out of a possible 9. They first defeated Lecce away (1-0), then dealt with Sassuolo at home (2-1), and in the last league match, they shared points with Monza (1-1) while playing away. Just for comparison, Bologna have not played against Lecce in the current season, and unlike Motta's team, they managed to avoid defeat against Sassuolo and Monza (both matches ended in draws).
In this match, I don't consider the hosts as favorites; both teams are roughly equal in strength, solid mid-table contenders, with only two points separating them in the standings. I believe that the Bulls have a fair chance of winning, and securing a draw is well within their capabilities. Even considering that Bologna have won four out of six home matches in Serie A this season, bookmakers offer odds exceeding 2.0 for them, suggesting a competitive matchup. My prediction here is X2. The visitors will not lose. In the last eight head-to-head meetings, the Turin side has only suffered one defeat against this opponent.
Prediction for the match: Torino not to lose (X2).