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Bologna vs. Inter Milan Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
31 October 2019
Saturday 2 November
Stadio Renato Dall’ara
Inter look to keep pace with league leaders Juventus, as they travel to Bologna for Serie A action this weekend. Much was expected of Antonio Conte’s side this season, but they still have something to prove.
Bologna pulled of a surprise win at the San Siro last season, as they stalwartly defended a first half goal from Federico Santander.
Sinisa Mihajlovic has a number of attacking options at his disposal, with former Juventus youth product Riccardo Orsolini excelling on the right flank, Nicola Sansone on the right and Jonathan Soriano in behind veteran Rodrigo Palacio. Bologna have a few injury problems at the moment, as Mattia Destro misses out, with Gary Medel and Takehiro Tomiyasu both missing out.
Antonio Conte looks set to drop Marcelo Brozovic for the first time this season, with the midfielder looking fatigued in last weekend’s draw to Parma. The manager will hope that Mattia Vecino returns to match fitness to step in, with Inter short on midfield options following Stefano Sensi’s injury.
Bologna vs. Inter Milan Preview and Predictions
Bologna picked up only their second away win last weekend at Sampdoria, but face a far more difficult proposal against Inter on Saturday. Inter go into the game at 2.15 to win, with the draw 3.55.
Antonio Conte’s side missed out on the opportunity to go top of the Serie A league table last Sunday, failing to capitalise on a rare Juventus draw to Lecce. However the Nerazzuri bounced back mid-week with a win over promotes, despite a number of injury concerns.
Rarely a fan of rotation, the Inter boss may be forced into a formation change, with a 3-4-3 better suiting the lack of fit centre-backs available.
With Bologna likely to set up with a 4-2-3-1, Mihajlovic’s side may therefore be able to win the battle in the centre of the park, although whether they could keep out the in-form Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez remains to be seen.
The Rossoblu have made for interesting viewing this season, with aggressive, fast placed play through their attacking quartet. The club did well to keep hold of winger Orsolini, who finished joint-eighth in the capocanniere charts last season, and was courted by a number of the so-called bigger clubs. This season however, the wide-man has notched just one strike, a return which will need to improve if Bologna are to maintain any European ambitions.
Inter may be heavy favourites going into this weekend’s game, but the visitors are no-longer looking the unstoppable juggernauts that they did earlier this season. Champions League participation has undoubtedly taken its toll, whilst a lack of squad depth could well give Bologna a chance on Saturday. They’re 3.55 for the win.
Both teams to score at 1.7
Inter have been solid at the back this season but may suffer from enforced rotation this weekend.
Over 2.5 goals scored at 1.8
Both sides have conceded in the double digits already this term, averaging over a goal each per game.