Match preview: Approaching Empoli

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Sorry for the complete lack of posts of late. I’ve been extremely busy lately because of exams. As a result of this, unfortunately, the site was put in the back of my mind.

Anyway, Bologna just beat Crotone 3-0 in Coppa Italia after a goal from Diego Falcinelli and two from Riccardo Orsolini. The latter continued to impress and proved that he should be a sure starter every game. Filippo Inzaghi once again went with his beloved 3-5-2 formation, despite the fact that it clearly does not suit Orsolini’s style of play. Nevertheless, that the winger still managed to be involved in all three goals says something about his talent.

Because of this, as I’ve called for time and time again earlier in the season, Inzaghi should be switching to a formation more suited to Orsolini. 4-3-3 or even a 3-4-3 should do wonders for Orsolini, and it would be easier for Inzaghi to include Orsolini in every game from minute one. Often this season, Orsolini has had to come off the bench as we’ve sought to improve in the second half. Orsolini does not fit into the coach’s preferred formation, and the inclusion of Orsolini in every game should be a priority given how he has performed this season.

The Crotone game should see that the team has some much-needed confidence injected into them, something which was very much needed given the recent run of games. That confidence will be crucial when we face off against Empoli this weekend.

Approaching that game, there have been some serious question marks regarding the availability of a few important players. Federico Santander went off injured against Crotone, but he should become available if nothing unexpected happens. Mattias Svanberg, on the other hand, must most likely watch the game from the stands. That will probably mean that Orsolini steps into the Swedish prodigy’s role, as Inzaghi once again is rumored to go with his beloved formation.

There have also been some rumors about other possible changes in the team. Erick Fuglar has struggled this season, and Adam Nagy should be getting a chance against the Tuscans. Arturo Calabresi is suspended for accumulating too many yellow cards this season, and that means that either Giancarlo Gonzalez or Sebastien De Maio will step into the side.

I cannot stress enough how important this game is for the team. As we currently sit very unsafely in 18th, three points will be essential against a team that is also under the threat of relegation. Empoli are currently only two points above us, and a loss would therefore be catastrophic. A win would see us step into safety for now.

Expected line-up:

Bologna (4-3-3): Skorupski; Gonzalez, Danilo, Helander; Mattiello, Poli, Nagy, Orsolini, Dijks; Santander, Palacio

Fingers crossed!


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