Bologna vs Napoli
Italian Serie A
Date: 25 May 2019, Saturday
Kick-off at 19:30 UK/ 20:30 CET
Venue: Stadio Renato Dall’Ara (Bologna).
Bologna had a season to forget and they take on Napoli on the final matchday with an aim of finishing in the top half of the table.
Once under relegation threat, the Rossoblu turned their fortunes around with some brilliant performances at the tail end of the campaign. Since March, they lost just 2 of their 11 games and won in 7.
Sinisa Mihajlovic’s men were a tough nut to crack at their own backyard and they welcome the team from Naples on the back of a 6-match winning streak.
Despite the good work in these three month’s period; Bologna could finish 17th on the table with a defeat here and depending on results elsewhere.
Napoli will finish second regardless of the result at Renato Dall’Ara. Carlo Ancelotti’s men have an unbeatable 13 points lead over the third placed Atalanta.
Yet, the Gli Azzurri are coming into this match on the back of some strong results and they are on a four-match winning run across all venues after the sublime 4-1 win over Inter Milan last week.
Ancelotti will be eyeing a strong finish to the campaign; can he raise his troops to break Bologna’s dominance at the Dall’Ara.
Bologna vs Napoli Head-to-head
Napoli are on a 6-match winning run against Bologna, combined home and away games since 2016.
The reverse of the corresponding fixture earlier this season was a thriller that finished with a 3-2 full-time score-line.
Interestingly, their last 12 h2h matches in Serie A saw at least three goals scored.
Last season, Bologna lost this fixture 0-3, but an even bigger humiliation happened back in February 2017, when they lost this fixture by 1-7.
Bologna vs Napoli Predictions
It is inevitable to say that the visitors have nothing to lose here as they are perfectly poised to grab the runner-up spot over Atalanta. Yet, since this is the final game of the season, Ancelotti will be demanding his troops to play for the crowd.
However, Bologna come to this game on good spirits and they will take confidence from the fact that won the last 6 matches at this stadium.
Coupling the above facts with h2h stats, neutrals like me can bank on an entertaining football match. This means, we are expected to see some goals scored on Saturday and this must be the focus of punters rather than full-time 1×2 market.
This is further consolidated after Bologna’s last 5 home games registered over 2.5 goals, so do 4 of Napoli’s last 5 away games in Serie A.
Bologna vs Napoli Betting Tips
Over 2.5 match goals @ 1.44 odds.
BTTS & Over 2.5 goals @ 1.66 odd.