Roma v Bologna Preview

September 28, 2013 | By

2013 Premier League Asia Trophy Free Bets No Deposit RequiredItalian Serie A action Sunday Night comes from the Stadio Olimpico featuring Roma versus Bologna.

View our Betting Preview, Team News, Head to Head Statistics, Tips, Picks, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on BT Sports 2 High Definition, with a scheduled 19:45pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

Roma v Bologna Preview, Serie A, September 29th 2013

Roma are currently riding high at the top of the Serie A table after an impressive start to the season which has seen Rudi Garcia’s side win all five of their games played and currently remain the only team in the division with a 100% record.

Now with home advantage many people will expect another home win on the cards as with Bologna having yet to win a game this season this does look a game that will be a firm favourite in people’s coupon over the weekend.

However, let us travel back to last season where Bologna beat Roma in this fixture 3-2 and with Stefano Pioli’s side having been very unlucky in the midweek game against AC Milan where they threw away a two goal lead in the final few minutes of the game to draw 3-3, another performance like they showed for 80mins of that one would certainly give them a huge chance of pulling off a shock in this one.

Roma v Bologna Team News

Roma Team News:

Bogdan Lobont, Maicon, Michael Bradley and Mattia Destro are all currently unavailable for the hosts as each player continues to recover from respective injuries. Vasilis Torosidis has now returned to squad training and will under take a late fitness test to see if he can be involved.

Expect the hosts to lineup in a 4-3-3 formation with Totti leading the attack up front with Adam Ljajic and Alessandro Florenzi currently the clubs top goal scorers both looking for their 3rd goals of the season.

Bologna Team News:

Cesare Natali is unavailable as he serves a suspension and Centre Back Nicolo Cherubin will also be missing as he continues recovery from a bone fracture. Other than these two players though coach Stefano Pioli has a full squad to choose from. Expect the visitors to line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation which worked quite effectively against AC Milan last weekend, with Cristaldo leading the attack up front.

Midfielder Diego Laxalt is the clubs current top goal scorer and will be searching for his 3rd goal of the season during this game.

Roma v Bologna Head to Head Statistics

Sunday night’s game from the famous Stadio Olimpico will become the 30th meeting between the two clubs over the years from which Roma have managed 15 wins, Bologna have managed 6 wins and the remaining 8 games finished all square.

The previous 5 meetings between the two clubs as shown in our head to head statistics table below show that Roma have had just the better of it over recent years having won 2 games compared to Bologna having managed just the 1 win.

27/01/13 SEA Bologna – Roma 3 : 3
16/09/12 SEA Roma – Bologna 2 : 3
29/01/12 SEA Roma – Bologna 1 : 1
21/12/11 SEA Bologna – Roma 0 : 2
23/02/11 SEA Bologna – Roma 0 : 1

Average Goals Per Game?

85 goals have been scored in the previous 29 meetings between the two clubs which provides us with an average goals per game statistic of 2.93 which suggests we should see at least a couple of goals scored during this game on sunday night.

Roma v Bologna Recent Form (Last 5 Games – Left to Right)

Roma: W W W W W

Bologna: L D D L D

Roma completely dominate the recent form stats having won all of their previous 5 games played. Bologna are still looking for their first win of the new season but have managed 3 draws from their last 5 played.

Roma v Bologna Match Betting Odds Market.

Roma have started the new season in tremendous style and are the only club in the league to still have a 100% record heading into this game so no real shock to see the online bookmakers taking no risks and having them priced up as the clear odds on favourites to win this game at odds of 4/11 with Betfred (£10 Free Bets, No Deposit Required for New Customers).

The Draw could certainly be a clever saver option here as with two of the last five matches played between the two clubs having finished all square and Bologna very much the draw specialists in the division at the moment, there is a real chance this game could follow suit and end all square on sunday night and at a current best price of 4/1 with Bet365 (£200 Free Bets for New Customers) this does look the value play here.

Bologna are yet to win a game this season in the league, but having played well in the  3-3 draw against AC Milan midweek the confidence of the players is sure to have risen and they could very well pull off a shock result here at generous odds of 19/2 with BetVictor (£25 Free Bets for New Customers).

Roma v Bologna Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

Roma will be expected to win this game on sunday night and with home advantage and their fans fully behind them it’s difficult to find many reason’s as to why they won’t.

However, their price is extremely short and offers no value what so ever and with Bologna having started to play well in recent weeks despite not getting much luck I think it’s only a matter of time before Stefano Pioli’s side gain their first win of the season and if they have learnt from their mistakes midweek in their match against AC Milan then they are more than capable of winning this match come sunday night.

The goal stats suggest at least a couple of goals to be scored during this one and having weighed everything up this probably does seem the safest option when looking for a decent betting opportunity on this match and markets like Both Teams to Score, Over 2.5 Goals, Total Match Goals and Anytime Goal Scorer’s could provide the value here.

The Verdict

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