Serie A Preview: Bologna v AC Milan
The Rossoneri travel to the Stadio Renato Dall'Ara on Sunday looking to maintain their unbeaten run, having gone eight matches without defeat in Serie A
By Adam Wheeler
Raggi, Portanova, Antonsson, Morleo
Perez, Mudingayi, Kone
Acquafresca, Di Vaio
Abate, Yepes, Thiago Silva, Antonini
Aquilani, Van Bommel, Seedorf
The visitors should welcome back Christian Abbiati and Mark van Bommel this week, after recovering from shoulder and knee injuries respectively, while Alberto Aquilani is also expected to take part after sitting out the midweek clash with Viktoria Plzen through suspension.
The Rossoneri will, however, still be without the services of Alessandro Nesta, with the former Lazio captain not expected back until after the winter break, while Antonio Nocerino will also miss out with a thigh injury.
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- Bologna have scored just 11 goals in Serie A so far this season, with only Cesena's paltry six a smaller total in the league.
- The hosts have not beaten Sunday's opponents since August 2008.
- Stefano Pioli's men have only conceded two goals fewer than Massimiliano Allegri's side this season, yet remain 15 places below the champions in Serie A.
- AC Milan have not conceded a goal in their previous four clashes with the Rossoblu.
- The Rossoneri have scored more goals than any other side in Serie A during the current campaign, having found the back of the net 29 times.
- Milan have won twice as many matches as Bologna this season, with eight to their name.
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Top 3 Predictions
Bologna 0-3 AC Milan
- 21.29 %
Bologna 9-0 AC Milan
- 20.32 %
Bologna 0-2 AC Milan
- 12.09 %
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Jan 20, 2013||AC Milan 2 - Bologna 1|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Sep 1, 2012||Bologna 1 - AC Milan 3|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Apr 22, 2012||AC Milan 1 - Bologna 1|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Dec 11, 2011||Bologna 2 - AC Milan 2|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||May 1, 2011||AC Milan 1 - Bologna 0|
|May 19, 2013||Bologna 0 - Genoa 0||ITA1|
|May 12, 2013||Parma 0 - Bologna 2||ITA1|
|May 8, 2013||Bologna 0 - SSC Napoli 3||ITA1|
|May 5, 2013||Lazio 6 - Bologna 0||ITA1|
|Apr 27, 2013||Atalanta 1 - Bologna 1||ITA1|
|Returns:||Bologna £190.00||Sign up with William Hill for a free bet up to £25|
|Returns:||Draw £40.00||Sign up with bet365 for a free bet up to £200|
|Returns:||Milan £75.00||Sign up with William Hill for a free bet up to £25|
|9||Marco Di Vaio||Striker|
|76||Mario Alberto Yepes||Defender|
|-||Mark van Bommel||Midfielder|
|92||Stephan El Shaarawy||Striker|
The former Penarol playmaker has been in fine form for the hosts this season and is currently leading both the assists and goalscoring charts for his side. The Uruguay international's performances this season have not gone unnoticed throughout Europe, with the likes of Real Madrid and Liverpool supposedly keen on his signature, and another decent performance on Sunday will only intensify the interest in his services.
The giant Swede has been on fire in recent weeks for the Rossoneri, scoring seven goals in his last six league appearances. The former Inter forward is Milan's top scorer this season, and after being rested for the midweek clash with Viktoria Plzen, he will be hoping to continue his impressive scoring rate againt struggling Bologna on Sunday.
Milan have been in excellent form since the defeat to Juventus in October and, with the Rossoblu struggling at present, a comfortable victory for the champions looks a likely outcome.
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