Roma will be looking to keep up with the race for Champions League qualification when they travel to Bologna on Sunday at 2PM (UK time).
Bologna XI: Da Costa; De Silvestri, Danilo, Tomiyasu, Hickey; Schouten, Svanberg, Vignato, Soriano, Barrow; Palacio.
Roma XI: Mirante; Ibanez, Cristante, Kumbulla; Karsdorp, Veretout, Villar, Spinazzola; Perez, Mkhitaryan, Dzeko.
Where to watch Bologna vs Roma on TV:
- UK: Free Sports TV
- US: ESPN+
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Scoreline prediction: Bologna 1-2 Roma
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Bologna vs Roma build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
The Giallorossi currently sit seventh in the Serie A table but remain just two points adrift of Napoli in fourth. Bologna, meanwhile, are 11th but can cut the gap between themselves and Sunday’s visitors to just three points with a win.
Bologna have swung between terrific and terrible so far this season, with Siniša Mihajlović’s men yet to pick up their first draw of the 2020/21 campaign, winning four and losing six of their Serie A fixtures. Having lost to the likes of AC Milan, Napoli and Inter Milan already this season, the Greyhounds have struggled against those above them in the table — a trend they must put a stop to if they’re to seriously challenge for European qualification.
Roma, meanwhile, are without a win or a goal in their last two Serie A games, going down 4-0 to Napoli before drawing 0-0 with Sassuolo last week. Paulo Fonesca’s men also lost 3-1 to CSKA Sofia in the Europa League on Thursday, although their passage to the knockout rounds was already assured, so a rotated starting XI was fielded in Bulgaria.
Interestingly, the away side left with three points in both meetings between Bologna and Roma last season. Will we see a repeat of that here, or will home advantage make the difference?
- Bologna (vs Inter Milan): Skorupski*; Medel, Danilo, Tomiyasu; De Silvestri, Schouten, Svanberg, Hickey; Soriano, Barrow; Palacio.
- Roma (vs CSKA Sofia): Boer; Fazio, Kumbulla, Juan; Peres, Diawara, Milanese, Bamba; Perez, Rodriguez; Mayoral.
First-choice goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski is out while Bologna will also be without Andreas Skov Olsen, Riccardo Orsolini, Mitchell Dijks and Federico Santander.
Pedro is suspended after his red card against Sassuolo last week, while Javier Pastore, Nicolo Zaniolo and Gianluca Mancini are all injured. Jordan Veretout is set to return, however.
Player to watch: Henrikh Mkhitaryan
After an impressive loan campaign with Roma last season, Henrikh Mkhitaryan has flourished even more since joining on a permanent basis over the summer.
The Armenian playmaker has more direct goal involvements (nine, five goals, four assists) than any other Roma player, also topping the charts when it comes to both scoring and creating.
Goals have been a real problem for Roma over the past two Serie A matches and if Fonesca’s side are to end their drought, they’re going to need Mkhitaryan to rediscover his inspirational form in and around the 18-yard box.
Serie A 2020/21 recent form:
- Bologna: LWWLW
- Roma: DLWWW
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