Bologna vs Palermo
2016/17 Italian Serie A.
Date: Sunday, 20 November 2016
Kick-Off: 14:00 UK,
Venue: Stadio Renato Dall’Ara (Bologna).
Both Bologna and Palermo are on a bad run of form. Will the international hiatus give either side the re-boost they need as they lock horns on Sunday afternoon?
The Rossoblu come into this match having picked up just three points from their past five games. They are also on a two match losing streak, having drawn their prior trio of matches. All in all, they have earned just ten points on home turf, which makes up the overwhelming majority of their measly 13 earned from 12 matches.
But if they are doing poorly, Palermo have fared even worse. The Rosanero have earned just six points this term. Six out of a possible 36 in total. However, the Sicilians, curiously enough, have been much better on the road than at home. In fact, they have yet to win a single match at their own stadium, meaning that all of their total have been accumulated by nicking points off their opponents. Still, the last success they had was managing to hold Sampdoria to a one-all draw, and that was back in October.
Palermo also have no problems scoring – at least on the road. They have scored six times in their past road fixtures, but keeping a clean sheet is another story altogether. The Rosanero have conceded at least twice in their past five games and this is something Bologna, who have been struggling for goals can exploit, especially given that they have netted just three times in their last five games.
Given that we are now approaching the third-way point of the season, this could mark a turning point for two poorly performing sides.
Bologna vs Palermo: Head-to-head statistics
- Palermo have lost their past five games.
- The Rosanero have conceded at least two goals in that time.
- Palermo have won 17 of their 48 Serie A games against Bologna; which is the second best result against any other Serie A side (besides Sampdoria).
- Bologna failed to score last season against Palermo; before then, they had netted in their prior 11 meetings.
- Palermo have a record of W1-D6-L13 in their past 20 away games against teams ranked higher than them in the table.
- There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 12 out of Bologna’s last 13 home matches.
Bologna vs Palermo: Prediction
Palermo have lost their last five games. Bologna, meanwhile are winless in their past seven. So which side will manage to turn things around? Oddly enough, Maurizio Zamparini has yet to sack Roberto De Zerbi, but for how long will he be able to last if Palermo fail to rebound? Palermo have scored in five out of their last six trips to Bologna’s home ground, but Bologna have won three out of their last five home games against the Rosanero.
This could be a close one, with Palermo continuing their record of scoring away from home.
Bologna vs Palermo: Betting tips
Both teams to score – YES at 19/20 (1.95)
DRAW at 13/5 (3.60).