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December 12, 2010 6:30 AM EST
Stadio Renato Dall'Ara — Bologna
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Robinho 35′
 

Serie A Preview: Bologna - Milan

The Rossoneri will be favorites to maintain pole position.

By Subhankar Mondal

Marco Di Vaio - Bologna-Chievo - Serie A (Getty Images)
Unbeaten Home Run

Bologna are gradually pulling themselves out of the reach of the relegation demon and are currently stationed in 13th place with 19 points from 15 matches. Midweek's 2-1 victory over Chievo in a rearranged fixture lifted the Felsinei a robust seven points above the dropzone.

It was also Alberto Malesani's side's fourth league triumph at the Stadio Renato Dall'Ara this campaign and maintained their unbeaten home run. The win was also the Rossoblu's third successive in all competitions and five in seven matches. Marco Di Vaio's resurgence has been one of the main reasons for their turnaround in fortunes and against Milan they will be keen to pick up a point at least.

Encouragingly, Bologna do have a good record against Italy's big boys at home this season as they have held Inter, Sampdoria and Juventus to draws at the Renato Dall'Ara. Having conceded just thrice in seven matches in front of the home supporters, Bologna will be confident of pushing Milan.

Running Away With The Title

The 2-0 defeat to Ajax in the Champions League in midweek was Milan's first in nine competitive fixtures and punctured their momentum, but reading too much into this home loss will be a mistake. The Rossoneri had already booked their place in the second round of Europe's premier club competition and it was a meaningless encounter for them.

At the weekend Massimiliano Allegri's side will be looking to return to winning ways and extend their six-match unbeaten run in Serie A. Currently perched on pole position in the Italian top flight with 33 points from 15 points, Milan are going great guns in the league, and with Lazio playing against fellow Scudetto challengers Juventus, they will have the chance to further stretch their advantage.

Milan have an encouraging away record too in the championship as they have won four of the seven games on the road, conceding just seven goals in the process. The former Italian and European champions have not failed to score in their last 11 competitive fixtures and have the league's joint best defensive record, having shipped in 12 goals.

TEAM NEWS

Bologna


Perez and Mutarelli are out injured. Di Vaio and Gimenez will be the two strikers in a 4-3-1-2 formation.

Milan

Pato, Inzaghi and Oduamadi remain on the sidelines, and now Flamini and Thiago Silva have joined them. Allegri will deploy a 4-3-1-2 formation that will have Seedorf enacting the role of the playmaker behind Ibrahimovic and Robinho. Yepes will replace Thiago Silva at the heart of the Milan defense.

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Apr 13, 2014Bologna 1 - Parma 1SR-A
Apr 5, 2014Inter 2 - Bologna 2SR-A
Mar 29, 2014Bologna 0 - Atalanta 2SR-A
Mar 26, 2014Chievo 3 - Bologna 0SR-A
Mar 23, 2014Bologna 1 - Cagliari 0SR-A
Milan
Apr 13, 2014Milan 1 - Catania 0SR-A
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Odds
Team News
Available Squads
13Emiliano VivianoGoalkeeper
3Archimede MorleoDefender
18Vangelis MorasDefender
5Miguel Angel BritosDefender
-Andrea EspositoDefender
7Francesco Della RoccaMidfielder
16Gaby MudingayiMidfielder
-Federico CasariniMidfielder
10G. RamírezMidfielder
9Marco Di VaioStriker
-Antonio BuscèMidfielder
12Cristiano LupatelliGoalkeeper
8Gyorgy GaricsDefender
21Nicolò CherubinDefender
26Luca SiligardiMidfielder
20Albin EkdalMidfielder
69Riccardo MeggioriniStriker
-H. GiménezStriker
32Christian AbbiatiGoalkeeper
19Gianluca Zambrotta Defender
25Daniele BoneraDefender
13Alessandro NestaDefender
20Ignazio AbateDefender
21Massimo AmbrosiniMidfielder
21Andrea PirloMidfielder
8Gennaro Ivan GattusoMidfielder
9Kevin-Prince BoatengMidfielder
7RobinhoStriker
10Zlatan IbrahimovicStriker
1Marco AmeliaGoalkeeper
33Mario YepesDefender
7B. MontelongoMidfielder
10RonaldinhoMidfielder
-Rodney StrasserMidfielder
3Luca AntoniniDefender
-C. SeedorfManager/Coach
Probable Lineups
Emiliano Viviano 13
Archimede Morleo 3
Vangelis Moras 18
Miguel Angel Britos 5
Andrea Esposito 0
Francesco Della Rocca 7
Gaby Mudingayi 16
Federico Casarini 0
G. Ramírez 10
Marco Di Vaio 9
Antonio Buscè 0
Christian Abbiati 32
Gianluca Zambrotta 19
Daniele Bonera 25
Alessandro Nesta 13
Ignazio Abate 20
Massimo Ambrosini 21
Andrea Pirlo 21
Gennaro Ivan Gattuso 8
Kevin-Prince Boateng 9
Robinho 7
Zlatan Ibrahimovic 10
Prediction
Editor's Prediction
Milan 0
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