Bologna vs SPAL
Italy – Serie A
Date: Friday, 30 August 2019
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Stadio Renato Dall’Ara (Bologna).
Despite ending up in the mid-table last campaign, either was mere points away from facing the boot. Such was the level of competition offered by those in the top tier that they left the others in the dust by the time the second phase of the season commenced.
With the struggles of last season still fresh in mind, the players will be particular to not let that happen again. But only Bologna has found at least reasonable success in that regards.
They were on the road against Verona for the opener. And in spite of the challenge of beginning on the road, they held up well against the hosts. Moreover, their cause was given an unexpected boost, as the home team had to play the majority of their game with a fewer man on the pitch, owing to an early red card.
The fact that the fixture ended in a draw might be a bit of a dampener. But still, a 1-1 result away from home to start their season is not a result to lose sleep over.
On the other hand, SPAL was delivered a heartbreak in front of their home crowd by top performers of 2018-19, Atalanta. The hosts had raced to a 2-0 lead even before the first 30 minutes, but the guests held on and slotted in three goals in a row to take the three points in style.
Bologna vs SPAL Head-to-head (h2h)
- Bologna has never kept a clean sheet against this opponent.
- The last time these two met, the result was a 1-1 draw.
- This venue has not hosted a draw yet.
- SPAL recorded a win to nil the last these two lined up against each other at this stadium.
Bologna vs SPAL Prediction
SPAL has had some obvious problems on the road for quite a long time. They were able to record just five wins in their last 19 road trips, and three of these were against the three relegated sides of 2018-19. Moreover, Bologna has built up some momentum over the course of the last few months. Since March, they have lost just twice in official encounters, and these two were against AC Milan and Atalanta.
In addition, at this venue, they won nine of the previous ten match-ups and scored two or more goals in all ten of these.
As these observations suggest, the top pick is clearly a home win. But considering the desperation SPAL is under, and the fact that Bologna has never kept a clean sheet against them, the chance for BTTS to occur becomes sky high. To these, add in the fact that the visitors of the day scored a total of 13 goals from their last four away fixtures, and found the back of the net in 12 of their last 14 such ties, and it becomes almost a necessity to back the BTTS option.
Bologna vs SPAL Betting Tips
Bologna to Win @ 1.83 (5/6)
Both Teams to Score @ 2.00 (1/1).