Three matches in a row without a win means that Bologna go into the match against Chievo with the need to win. The teams behind Bologna have been creeping closer the last few weeks, which means that they are in need of three points to avoid falling further down the table. But, only three points are between Bologna in 12th and Atalanta i 7th, and a win could therefore send Bologna into the upper half of the table.
Bologna have gone from periods of great performances and good results, to bad periods
and bad results. We’ve been up in 7th, but we are now i 12th. But, the fact that a victory could send us up to 8th means that the game against Chievo is very important. The games that are coming up are considerably easier than the last couple of games, and this makes me optimistic. If the team were to find their best form now, and win two/three games in a row, this could be the period where the team establish themselves in the top half of the table.
After Chievo, Udinese will visit the Dall’Ara. They’ve improved quite a lot after they hired Massimo Oddo, but still, they are a team that Bologna should beat. After that one, we go to Torino, a team which is two points above us at the moment. These two games are essential if we are to get into the top half.
The Torino game is followed by Benevento at home, a game where three points should be a given. Nine points out of these games is doable, but seven should be a minimum.
But, before these three games, we need to see a good performance against Chievo, who are a strong side. Under coach Maran they’ve got a great collective, and because of their 4-3-1-2 formation they have a lot of players in midfield. This makes them a team which is very difficult to play through, and we’ll need a good performance from the likes of Verdi and Donsah. Their fullback’s are an essential part of how they play, and Donadoni and his team must find a way to stop them sending crosses in. Inglese is a very good striker, and he has six goal to his name this season. Our wingers need to help out at the back to stop Chievo’s fullback’s if we are to get something out of the game.
There isn’t a lot of news regarding the team. The only probable change from the game against Juventus is Krejci in for Okwonkwo. The young Nigerian didn’t have the best of games against Juventus (but neither did most of his teammates). Krejci hasn’t been given a lot of opportunities this season, but this game could be a chance for him to reclaim his place in the team. Di Francescso has recovered from his injury, but it’s unlikely that he’ll start the game. Mirante has struggled a bit of late, and a case for him to be dropped can be made. However, I don’t think that Donadoni will drop him for this game.
Chievo (4-3-1-2): Sorrentino; Cacciatore, Dainelli, Gamberini, Gobbi; Bastien, Radovanovic, Rigoni; Birsa; Meggiorini, Inglese
Bologna (4-3-3): Mirante; M’baye, Gonzalez, Helander, Masina; Poli, Pulgar, Donsah; Verdi, Destro, Krejci
This game could be the game where Bologna get back to winning ways, and get back some much-needed confidence before a period of “easier“ games. A win here followed by wins against Udinese and Torino can establish us as a top half side, so let’s hope for a good performance this evening.
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