Serie A Preview: Bologna – Juventus

Posted on 19/02/2010

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The Bianconeri would be looking to stretch their current unbeaten run…..

Kick-off: Sunday, February 21, 2010, 15:00 CET.
Stadio Renato Dall’Ara, Bologna.


Staying Alive

Bologna were once in the bottom three but a good run of results has seen them climb upto 14th in the Serie A table with 28 points from 24 matches, five points above the relegation zone.

However, last weekend Bologna defeated Livorno 1-0 and this is great news for them. Livorno are third from bottom in the league and Bologna do have the quality to defeat them. This week they take on mighty Juventus at home and although it’s not exactly out of their reach to beat Juve, perhaps they should be wary of the Bianconeri’s current form.
A Win At Last

Coach Alberto Zaccheroni had started his term in office with two successive draws in the league but last weekend Juve defeated Genoa 3-2 at the Olimpic Stadium in Turin to win their first game since Ciro Ferrara was sacked.

Those three points on Valentine’s Day put Juve upto sixth in the Serie A table on 38 points from 24 matches. The Bianconeri are just a solitary point off fourth spot and should results go their way this weekend and should they win in Bologna on Sunday, then Juve could be back in Champions League fold.

Moreover, Juventus defeated Ajax 2-1 away from home in their first leg match in the Round of 32 in the Europa League on Thursday evening. Apparently, Juve are pulling themselves together now.
FORM GUIDE
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February 14 v Livorno (A) – WON 1-0 (Serie A)


February 7 v Milan (H) – DREW 0-0 (Serie A)
January 31 v Chievo (A) – DREW 1-1 (Serie A)
January 24 v Bari (H) – WON 2-1 (Serie A)
January 20 v 
Atalanta (H) – DREW 2-2 (Serie A)


Juventus
February 18 v Ajax (A) – WON 2-1 (Europa League)
February 14 v Genoa (H) – WON 3-2 (Serie A)
February 6 v Livorno (A) – DREW 1-1 (Serie A)
January 31 v Lazio (H) – DREW 1-1 (Serie A)
January 28 v Inter (A) – LOST 2-1 (Coppa Italia)

TEAM NEWS
Bologna
Mutarelli, Pisanu, Di Vaio and Modesto are out while Britos, Guana and Raggi are doubtful. Lanna is suspended.
Probable Lineup (4-4-2): Viviano, Zenoni, Portanova, Moras, Raggi; Busca, Mudingayi, Guana, Savio; Zalayeta, Succi


Juventus
Iaquinta and Poulsen are still injured while Legrottaglie, Camoranesi, Diego and Marchisio look doubtful.
Probable Lineup (3-4-1-2): Buffon, Grygera, Legrottaglia, Chiellini; Caceres, Marchisio, Sissoko, De Ceglie; Diego; Amauri, Del Piero

PLAYERS TO WATCH
Emiliano Viviano (Bologna)
It is unlikely that Bologna would not concede against Juventus but exactly how many they do ship in would depend on the Bologna custodian. Viviano has kept three clean sheets so far in the league this season and he would be a main player for Bologna in their defensive unit.


Amauri (Juventus)
Amauri scored a brace against Ajax on Thursday evening and he would be keen to add to his tally. Amauri has looked terribly off-colour this season but his two goals on Thursday would have surely boosted his confidence and he could use his confidence to destroy Bologna on Sunday afternoon.


PREDICTION
Juventus should win this match quite comfortably but they could probably concede a goal too.
Bologna 0-3 Juventus


Source: Goal.com

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