Bologna vs AC Milan.
Italian Serie A, Round 37,
Date: Saturday, 7-May-2016,
Kick-off: 19:45 GMT,
Venue: Renato Dall’Ara.
AC Milan look to end their three match win-less run when they face Bologna on Saturday evening.
A change of coach hasn’t worked out well at San Siro as Milan found themselves at 7th in the league standing 54 points, 6 below the final Europa League spot. But they could still qualify for Europa League if they win clinching the Coppa Italia by beating Juventus on May 21st 2016.
Bologna are coming on the back of a two match unbeaten run and they have managed to stay at 6 point distance from the relegation zone. They may need one more point to make sure that they safe from going down to Serie B next season, depending up on the results from other games on Sunday.
Bologna were held to a goal-less draw at Empoli last weekend, after winning 2-0 at home against Genoa in the previous round. They were on a poor run of form prior to that, where they suffered 5 defeats in 6 matches as well as 9 matches without a win.
Bologna have won just once in their last 6 home matches and also failed to score in 4 of their last 5.
AC Milan failed to win their last three matches with 2 draws and a defeat, but they had won just once in their last 9 league games. They will come into this match on the back of a 4 match winless run in away games, with three of those being draws.
Bologna: Team News
Bologna’s top scorer Mattia Destro remains sidelined with injury, while both Archimede Morleo and Luca Rizzo are also out.
Godfred Donsah and Domenico Maietta are doubtful, but head-coach Roberto Donadoni has plenty of cover for the missing players.
Bologna: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Mirante – Rossettini, Gastaldello, Oikonomou – Taider, Diawara – Giaccherini, Brienza, Mounier – Floccari.
AC Milan: Team News
Cristian Brocchi will be without Luca Antonelli in the trip to Bologna, while M’Baye Niang and Bonaventura are already sidelined. The line-up is expected to remain the same despite the team failing to win any of their previous three matches.
AC Milan: Predicted Line-up (4-3-1-2)
Donnarumma – Abate, Alex, Romagnoli, Sciglio – Kucka, Montolivo, Bertolacci – Honda – Bacca, Balotelli.
Bologna vs AC Milan: Head-to-Head Stats
AC Milan are unbeaten in the last 11 of the last 12 matches against Bologna, with 8 wins and 4 draws. Bologna’s 1-0 win against Milan in the reverse leg of this season’s Serie A was their first win in 11 matches.
However Milan will go into the match with a 9 match unbeaten run in away matches against Bologna, with 6 wins and 3 draws.
Bologna vs AC Milan: Prediction
Bologna have done well in their last two matches, while Milan are struggling to hit any kind of form. Also Bologna have beaten Milan only once in 6 matches and that came in the reverse leg on this season at San Siro. They will be looking repeat the same in front of their home crowd on Saturday.
I believe this is going to be a low scoring affair and a draw is the very likely outcome of the match between two poor sides. This could end 1-1 at full time.
Best Bet: Bologna to win or draw (Double Chance).