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Bologna vs Napoli Italian Serie A. Date: Saturday, 4 February 2017 Kick-Off: 19:45 UK, Venue: Stadio Renato Dall’Ara (Bologna).
Napoli will be looking to get back on track as they travel to take on an inconsistent Bologna side at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara on Saturday evening.
The Partenopei suffered a shock result as they failed to pick up all three points against relegation candidates Palermo. Whilst it was not a loss for Maurizio Sarri’s side, it might as well as felt like one. They missed a golden chance to potentially overtake Roma into second and put some pressure on Juventus. And with Inter experiencing a mini-renaissance of sorts, Napoli now have to look over their shoulder as the Nerazzurri are rapidly closing down that gap in the chase for third place.
Napoli will want to take advantage of a Bologna side who have struggled to find their best form. The Rossoblu also come into this game having earned a draw, but ill- discipline will cost them two players. In their last game against Cagliari, they saw two men sent off in the latter stages of the game. At home, Roberto Donadoni’s side have been pretty solid, where they have won three out of their last five at this ground. Fortunately for them, Blerim Dzemaili is back from suspension for this tie, as they will need all the help they can get.
Meanwhile, the visitors have scored in their past 15 consecutive league fixtures and will be finally likely welcoming back Arkadiusz Milik after his long-term injury lay-off. That will make an already strong attack even more potent, but will Napoli be able to bounce back from a disappointing result against a foe who will be determined to dig in their heels at home?
Bologna vs Napoli: Head-to-head statistics
Bologna have a record of W5-D5-L10 in their last 20 home games against teams in the top half of the table.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Napoli’s last six road games.
The Partenopei have scored at least two goals in their last six games against Bologna across all competitions.
Napoli are undefeated in their last 11 Serie A games.
The Rossoblu have won only one of their last six Serie A clashes against Napoli (D1, L4).
Bologna vs Napoli: Prediction
Napoli will be kicking themselves after failing to get the job done against Palermo, but thankfully for the Partenopei, they have another shot to close the gap on Roma as the Giallorossi lost their match last weekend.
Given that Napoli have conceded a goal in eight out of their last nine road fixtures and Bologna have scored in their last four games, one can expect both teams to score here. However, the Partenopei, who have one of the strongest away records in the league, should be able to get the job done and see their opponents off to earn a much-needed victory.
Bologna vs Napoli: Betting tips
BTTS and Over 2.5 goals at 5/4 (2.25) Napoli – WIN at 4/9 (1.45).