Preview - Bologna vs Genoa 10 February 19

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Match Day 23
Bologna vs. Genoa
Sunday, February 10th 2019
19:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Renato Dall'Ara

Last five matches form: L L D L W
Average goals per match: 0.77
Average goals against per match: 1.55
Top Scorer: Federico Santander (6)

Last five matches form: L D L W D
Average goals per match: 1.32
Average goals against per match: 1.77
Top Scorer: Christian Kouamé (4)

We have an intriguing encounter in Bologna on Match Day 23 in Serie A, with this fixture having the potential to be a pivotal moment in the seasons of both the hosts, and visitors Genoa. Bologna are currently languishing in the relegation zone as they head into this game, but a win here will take them to within four points of their visitors.

The first game between the sides this season was a tight affair, with Genoa edging it 1-0. Bologna took the points in this game last season though when picking up a 2-0 victory.

Lyanco looks like being the sole absentee for the home side. Genoa will be without the injured duo of Oscar Hiljemark and Andrea Favilli in addition to the suspended Christian Romero.

Bologna have won only two of ten at home this season - against Roma and Udinese - and have a little worryingly failed to score in each of their past four league games here, making it six games without a goal at home so far this season. They do arrive at the game on a high though having surprisingly beaten Inter at the San Siro last time out.

Genoa have lost seven of ten on the road, with their only two wins coming at Frosinone and Empoli in their most recent away fixture. They are averaging 1.40 goals per game on their travels which is a respectable effort from an attacking point of view.

It may take just the one goal to win this, and with Bologna missing their best defensive player, and Genoa being the better side going forward, we will take the away side to pick up the points.

Prediction: Bologna 0 - 1 Genoa


Half time:  1 - 1
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots:  12 - 14
Shots on target: 3 - 5
Corner Kicks: 13 - 3
Possession: 62% - 38%

Rodrigo Palacio and Ibrahima Mbaye were booked for the home side, with referee Gianluca Rocchi also taking the names of Darko Lazovic and Antonio Senabria of Genoa.

This looked like being a closely fought encounter with Bologna scrapping for their lives and Genoa keen to avoid being drawn into the relegation dogfight, and so it proved. The home side did boss the game in terms of possession and territory, but it was Genoa who created the more goalscoring opportunities, and as such would have been hard done by to have come away with nothing.

It was the home side who struck first here, taking the lead in the 17th minute. Andrea Poli drifting a ball into the area from deep on the left. Genoa keeper Andrei Radu opting to race off his line and attempt to punch the ball away, but being beaten to it as Mattia Destro nodded past him into the unguarded net.

Falling behind seemed to wake Genoa up and prompted their best spell of the game which culminated in an equaliser in the 33rd minute. Simple goal too. Darko Lazovic swinging in a corner from the right to be met by an unmarked Lukas Lerager inside the six-yard box who powered his header high and in. 1-1 at the break.

Genoa continued to cause problems from set-pieces in the second half, but it was Bologna who were doing the majority of the pressing; Danilo hitting the bar with a header and forcing Radu into a sensational save with a volleyed effort soon after. 1-1 final score.

Bologna remain in the relegation places, but only on goal difference. Genoa sit 13th and seven points clear of the drop zone.

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