Preview - Udinese v Bologna 03 March 19

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Match Day 26
Udinese vs. Bologna
Sunday, March 3rd 2019
22:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Dacia Arena

Last five matches form: L L D L W
Average goals per match: 0.79
Average goals against per match: 1.29
Top Scorer: Rodrigo de Paul (6)

Last five matches form: L W D L L
Average goals per match: 0.76
Average goals against per match: 1.52
Top Scorer: Federico Santander (6)

The big clash towards the bottom of the table on Match Day 26 in Serie A comes at the Dacia Arena as fifth bottom Udinese play host to third bottom Bologna. With only four points between the sides, Bologna can significantly close the gap if they can somehow come up with a win in this one.

Bologna did come out on top in the reverse of this fixture with a 2-1 win at home. Udinese edged this game 1-0 last season.

Samir, Valon Behrami, Marco D'Alessandro and Antonin Barak are all out injured for the home side who will also be without the suspended Seko Fofana. Erick Pulgar and Mattia Destro are out for Bologna.

Udinese have won just two of their past eleven in Serie A, but did pick up a 1-0 success against another relegation threatened side in Chievo here last time out and will be looking for more of the same here. They have however won only four of thirteen at home this season, scoring one or fewer goals in an incredible 12 of those games.

Bologna's form has been even worse, with just one win in their past eighteen. They did play very well at times in their most recent away game at Roma though, and a repeat of that level would give them every chance in this one. Thy have won just one of 13 on the road this season.

Udinese's record suggests that Bologna will likely only need to score once to get something out of the game and we see them doing that, with a draw looking the most likely outcome.

Prediction: Udinese 1 - 1 Bologna


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots:  13 - 13
Shots on target: 5 - 3
Corner Kicks: 6 - 6
Possession: 35% - 65%

Three bookings for each side at the Dacia Arena. Rolando Mandragora, Marvin Zeegelaar and Stefano Okaka all saw yellow for the home side, with referee Davide Massa also taking the names of Andrea Poli, Federico Santander and Mitchell Dijks of Bologna.

This game really could have gone either way. There certainly wasn't much in it in terms of chances and it was Bologna who dominated when it came to possession of the ball. It's the taking of those chances which is crucial - particularly in tight games such as this - and in that area the home side just had the edge on the day.

The home side struck first in the 25th minute. The referee spotting a slight tug on Ignacio Pussetto by Andrea Poli just inside the area and pointing to the spot. Rodrigo De Paul coolly converting into the bottom right.

Six minutes before the break the visitors deservedly got themselves back on level terms. Riccardo Orsolini found in the right of the area and firing a low ball across the six-yard box. Rodrigo Palacio on hand to slot into the empty net from a couple of yards. 1-1 at the break.

The winner arrived in the 79th minute and it was the home side who grabbed it. Jens Stryger Larsen sending in a cross from the right-hand side and Ignacio Pussetto rising highest towards the near post and around seven yards out to send a header into the bottom left corner. 2-1 final score.

Big win for Udinese this one against one of their relegation rivals. The three points gained here moves them up a spot to fifteenth and now seven points clear of the relegation zone. Disappointing for Bologna who remain third bottom but are now four points off safety.

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