Preview - Roma vs Bologna 19 February 19

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Match Day 24
Roma vs. Bologna
Tuesday, February 19th 2019
03:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico

Last five matches form: W W D D W
Average goals per match: 1.91
Average goals against per match: 1.30
Top Scorer: Stephan El Shaarawy ( 8 )

Last five matches form: L D L W D
Average goals per match: 0.78
Average goals against per match: 1.52
Top Scorer: Federico Santander (6)

Two sides with plenty of motivation clash at the Stadio Olimpico in the last of the Match Day 24 fixtures in Serie A.

For hosts Roma it is Champion's League football which is very much the aim. Currently sitting in sixth spot, the Wolves sit just a point off the top four at present and will view this as a game they really ought to be winning.

It is matters at the other end of the table which concern Bologna. Third bottom as things stand, they have improved a little of late and are now only in the drop zone by virtue of goal difference. Any sort of positive result would count as a big bonus here.

Bologna will have happy memories of the reverse of this game having beaten Roma 2-0 earlier in the season. It was Roma who picked up the points in this game last year though when eking out a narrow 1-0 victory.

Patrik Schtik looks like being the only player on the injured list for Roma. Bologna will be without Lyanco and Riccardo Orsolini.

Roma have lost just one of eleven here at home this season. They do regularly put pressure on their attacking players to perform though having kept just the one clean sheet across those eleven games.

Bologna have won just three times all season, but two of their best performances have been their two most recent ones; famously beating Inter at the San Siro and backing that up with a solid point at home to Genoa. They have scored at least once in seven of their past eight away games.

Bologna are playing some decent stuff at present and can get on the scoresheet. Ultimately though they do seem likely to be outgunned in this one.

Prediction: Roma 2 - 1 Bologna


Half time:  0 - 0
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots:  14 - 20
Shots on target: 4 - 7
Corner Kicks: 9 - 7
Possession: 51% - 49%

Seven bookings in all at the Stadio Olimpico. Bryan Cristante, Alessandro Florenzi and Kostas Manolas of Roma all had their names taken by referee Marco Di Bello, as did Danilo, Erick Pulgar, Simone Edera and Mitchell Dijks of Bologna.

This was a bold performance from Bologna, who certainly played way above the level that their league position would imply, having Roma under the cosh for large spells here. In the end though the result still went the way most would have anticipated. Such is your luck when you are battling at the wrong end of the table.

Bologna were all over Roma in the first half forcing an inspired Robin Olsen into half a dozen important stops, including one from a rasping Roberto Soriano drive - Soriano also rattled the bar on the stroke of half-time. Goalless at the break though.

And then in the 55th minute, totally against the run of play in the game, Stephan el Shaarawy was sent tumbling in the area and the referee pointed to the spot. No mercy from the left boot of Aleksandar Kolarov as he blasted into the bottom right.

Then in the 73rd minute the home side grabbed the crucial second goal of the game. A corner from the left being flicked on at the near post and dropping perfectly for Federico Fazio to blast into the bottom left corner from eight yards.

Bologna grabbed themselves a deserved goal in the 84th minute. Fine goal too. Nicola Sansone picking the ball up on the left and driving into the area, keeping hold of the ball until around ten yards out slightly to the right and finishing into the bottom right. 2-1 final score.

Important win for Roma in the race for the Champion's League. They stay fifth but are only a point adrift of fourth placed Milan. Bologna remain third bottom and three points adrift of safety.

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