Bologna and Cagliari meet at Stadio Renato Dall’Ara, in a match for the 15th round of Serie A. The history of direct matches played in this stadium is favorable to the home team, who won 3 in the last 3 matches. Indeed, the last time these two teams played a match in this stadium, on 09-11-2016, for Serie A, Bologna won by (2-1). S. Verdi (23 ‘) and F. Di Francesco (74’) scored the goals of the match, for Bologna, and Bruno Alves (83 ‘), for Cagliari. The condition home / away deserves particular attention, because despite this being a match between 8 th and 13 th of the league table, it is actually a match between the 15 th best team in home matches and the 14 th best in away matches.
After 6 wins, 2 draws and 6 losses, the home team is currently in the 8 th position, with 20 points won. In the last match, they have won at home against Sampdoria by (3-0), after in the previous match they have won (2-3) an away match against Hellas Verona. This is a team that usually gets more positive results in away matches than at home, since they have won 12 points in away matches and 8 at their stadium, with 7 goals scored and 6 conceded in away matches, against 10 goals scored and 11 conceded at home. For the championship, Bologna won 8 points out of 21 possible points, after 2 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses in the last 7 home matches. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 14 matches in the competition, they suffered the first goal 6 times and only managed 1 comeback.
The Bologna is doing a somewhat irregular campaign in this edition of the Italian league, reaching to accumulate four consecutive defeats, but now tries to start a recovery, coming from two wins in a row. The last one was at home, in a game in which he did not have much possession of the ball, finishing with only 31% and half the number of completions of the opponent, but still managed to beat Sampdoria. This was the second consecutive match in which the team managed to score three goals, which shows some improvement of the offensive sector, which still remains among the nine least effective of the competition, being the third least finished. Playing at home, he conquered only 38% of the points he played so far. It is likely that the coach will organize the team in a 4-3-3, with a highlight for Verdi in the attack.
The away team is currently in the 13 th position of the league, with 15 points won, after 5 wins and 9 losses. In the penultimate match, they won in an away match against Udinese, by (0-1). In the last match, they lost in a home match against Internazionale, by (1-3). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, since they have won 6 points in away matches and 9 at their stadium, with 5 goals scored and 13 conceded at home, against 8 goals scored and 11 conceded at home. The team comes to this match after a home loss with Pordenone by (1-2). For the league, Cagliari won 6 points out of 21 possible points, after 2 wins and 5 losses in the last 7 home matches. The team allowed goals to the opponent in 9 of the last 10 matches for this competition, so it was not very strong defensively. In 14 matches in this competition, they have only 1 comeback in the 9 matches they have conceded the first goal.
The Cagliari have in this match the opportunity to win their second consecutive win as a visitor by the Italian league and thus compensate for the slip that gave at home on the last day, when he faced the Internazionale in a game in which he did not have a good defensive performance , thus finishing defeated before his fans. As was evident in that game, the defensive system has a great responsibility in the weak performance, being that in only three games it did not suffer goals and now it is among the worst six in the championship. As a visitor, he owns the seventh worst campaign and in that condition adds only five goals in seven games. The 3-5-2 must be the tactical formation adopted for this match, with highlight for Barella in midfield.
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