Bologna – Chievo 12.01.2013
Bologna will be hoping to return to winning ways after losing their last two Serie A fixtures, while Chievo will attempt to continue the good run of results at Renato Dall’Ara.
The hosts are now just two points above the bottom three, meaning they will be under bigger pressure in this match.
Bologna chiefs could not prevent key players Marco Di Vaio, Jean-Francois Gillet, Gaston Ramirez and Gabi Mudingayi from leaving in the summer, but they have signed some excellent replacements in Alberto Gilardino, Manolo Gabbiadini, Tiberio Guarente and Cesare Natali. As the summer signings needed some time to adapt to the new surroundings, Felsinei somewhat struggled in the opening exchanges, but they managed to hit top form in November. The run of five wins in seven games in all competitions saw the players restore some of the lost confidence, before setbacks against Parma and Genoa, in which they were not outplayed by their opponents, made their situation much more difficult. Nonetheless, with key players Diamanti, Perez and Gabbiadini all returning to the side for the Chievo clash, the hosts clearly have reason for optimism before hosting one of the worst travelers in the elite division.
Match: Bologna – Chievo 18.00h
League: Serie A
Our prediction: Home Win Odds: 2.10
Season after season, Chievo are tipped for relegation to Serie B, but they always find a way not only to survive, but also to escape the relegation tussle altogether. The Flying Donkeys appeared to be in huge problems after the slow start to this season, but the latest impressive run of results saw them create a big advantage over the endangered teams. While the run of four wins in last five games were certainly remarkable, we cannot really say Chievo deserved to win all those games. Also, when we take into account their 2-0-7 away record and how they played in the first third of the league campaign, we cannot really guarantee that the good run will continue. With several important players missing this game, the Flying Donkeys could face a tough task in Bologna.