Probable Lineups

4-2-3-1
4-3-3
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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(45) 34 Goals 30 (44)
(5) 3 Assists 4 (7)
(6.7) 7 Average Ratings 7 (6.7)
28.5 Average Age 31.5
184.7 Average Height (cm) 180.4
(0.9) 1.2 Shots pg 1.2 (1)
(49%) 49% Aerial Duel Success 52% (51%)
(0.6) 0.5 Dribbles pg 0.8 (0.9)
(1.8) 1.7 Tackles pg 1.6 (2.1)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Serie A.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Nico Pulzetti Out 6.2
Cesare Natali Out 6.77
Robert Acquafresca Out 6.18
Gianluca Curci Out 7.35
Filippo Lombardi Out N/A
Michele Pazienza Out 6.56
Diego Pérez Out 7.05
Henry Giménez Out 6.56
Mathías Abero Out 6.38
Player Reason Status Rating
Daniele Galloppa Out 6.68
Aleandro Rosi Out 6.59
Antonio Mirante Out 6.95
Gabriel Paletta Out 7.25

Team News

  • Coach Pioli is dealing with a number of absentees, especially in the midfield, with Pazienza, Perez and Pulzetti all out.
  • Renè Khrin should find space in the middle of the park to play alongside Guarente.
  • Pioli is likely to stick with the 4-2-3-1 that unexpectedly secured victory away at Napoli.
  • Paletta is suspended and Donadoni may switch to a 4-man defence with Benalouane and Gobbi on the two flanks.
  • Biabiany could be moved into the attack line, joining Sansone and Amauri.
  • Marchionni and Parolo will partner Valdes in the midfield.

Prediction

  • Bologna have recovered after a bad period and collected 10 points from their last 5 games, also beating Napoli twice at the San Paolo (including the Coppa Italia) with late winners in each instance. Morale is high and the team is moving clear of the relegation zone.
  • Parma dropped a few points but then managed to win again against Cagliari and cling onto their top half standing, meaning they will play this derby under even less pressure.
  • This match will be a fight between city rivals that will only really matter in terms of league positions if the home side were to lose, as their rivals in the relegation battle could start to bridge the gap. However, given their relatively good position in the table, the hosts will try to win it with no fear. Everything points towards an open match with plenty of goalscoring chances that Gilardino and Amauri could surely convert.
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