Bologna vs Inter Milan
2018/19 Italian Serie A.
Date: September 1 August 2018
Kick-Off: 17:00 UK,
Venue: Stadio Renato Dall’Ara (Bologna).
Inter’s start to the season has been nothing short of disappointing. Despite making some impressive signings, the Nerazzurri have failed to impress, and have picked up just one point from their first two games.
This was supposed to be the season in which they challenged Juventus for the Scudetto, but they have failed to really get up and running so far from their opening two matches.
A 1-0 loss to Sassuolo, which has been a bogey side for Inter since 2013 was followed up by a 2-2 draw with Torino. That result was especially frustrating for Nerazzurri fans as Inter actually had a 2-0 lead and then fumbled that to barely hang on to a point.
The fact that the Granata were able to get back into the game was really disconcerting, and moreover, the way that Inter seemed to go into meltdown once Torino pulled a goal back was even more troubling as this is a team that are hoping to be among the title contenders this season.
Inter are also involved in the Champions League this term, but it’s highly unlikely that Luciano Spalletti’s side will be that much focused on European competition as they will want to get themselves sorted out domestically first.
Moreover, this is a must-win game for Inter if they want to get back on track early on, with a gap starting to open up at the top of the table.
Bologna, meanwhile, have struggled so far, and will be really concerned after losing to SPAL in their opener and drawing with newly promoted Frosinone.
The Rossoblu opted to part ways with Roberto Donadoni and bring in Pippo Inzaghi in a bid to improve their fortunes, but it will take some time for his philosophies to take root. They will certainly be worried, though, as the newly promoted sides, namely Empoli and Parma actually look pretty competitive.
This could cause some problems for teams like Bologna and Chievo who have largely been able to coast by in prior seasons as they were propped up by other teams doing much worse than them.
Bologna vs Inter Milan: Head-to-head statistics
- Both teams have scored in five of the last six clashes between Bologna and Inter
- At home, Bologna’s record versus Inter is W29 D14 L28
Inter have won four of six visits to Bologna, scoring 10 times across those encounters
- Bologna have lost their last three home games
Bologna vs Inter Milan: Prediction
Inter naturally are the big favorites to come out on top here simply due to the overall superior quality of their squad, but it won’t be an easy victory as Bologna did notably draw Inter 1-1 in this same fixture last season, thus halting the Nerazzurri’s perfect winning streak.
That being said, the Nerazzurri are desperate for a win and should get it, albeit it will be hard-fought and difficult one as Bologna will not give anything up in front of their home fans – and they, too are equally desperate for a positive result.
Bologna vs Inter Milan: Betting tips
- BTTS – YES at 11/10 (2.10)
- Inter – WIN at 4/7 (1.57)
- Over 2.5 goals at 1/1 (2.00).