Bologna - AC Milan Preview: Rossoneri look to make up for false start
Last year's runners-up may have kicked the new Serie A season off with a disappointing defeat to newly-promoted Sampdoria, but they now have the chance to put things right
By Livio Caferoglu
Carvalho, Antonsson, Cherubin
Motta, Pulzetti, Taider, Guarente, Morleo
De Sciglio, Bonera, Yepes, Antonini
Flamini, Montolivo, Nocerino
Bologna have endured a difficult time of late, with the future of talisman Gaston Ramirez in the balance and a 2-0 opening-day defeat to Chievo last week only adding to Stefano Pioli's woes at the helm.
Diego Perez's red card against Chievo means Nico Pulzetti has been drafted into midfield to cover the Uruguayan, who must now serve a suspension. Other than that, centre-back Gianluca Cherubin should come in to replace Gyorgy Garics.
Meanwhile for the visitors AC Milan, who are desperate to bounce back from their 1-0 reverse to Sampdoria, coach Massimiliano Allegri is ready to hand a debut to new striker Bojan Krkic, who recently completed a season-long loan move to San Siro from Roma.
Elsewhere, fellow new arrival Nigel de Jong is expected to take a place on the substitutes' bench, as the only other change should see Giampaolo Pazzini replace the injured Robinho in attack to form a new-look partnership with the Spaniard.
However, Ignazio Abate, Alexandre Pato, Rodney Strasser and Sulley Muntari are all injured and will be of no use to the former Cagliari boss for Saturday's trip to Emilia-Romagna.
|DID YOU KNOW?
- AC Milan have scored 201 goals in Serie A against Bologna; only Inter have put as many past the Rossoblu.
- They are unbeaten in their last seven league games against Bologna with four wins and three draws.
- Prior to last Sunday's defeat to Sampdoria, Milan had scored in 16 consecutive Serie A games.
- Bologna have picked up only two points from their last seven meetings with the Rossoneri.
- Over the past seven games, they have scored only three goals while their opponents have found the net 15 times.
- Bologna attempted the joint-fewest shots on the opening day of the new season, with three.
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Top 3 Predictions
Bologna 0-2 AC Milan
- 20.84 %
Bologna 1-2 AC Milan
- 12.09 %
Bologna 0-3 AC Milan
- 10.61 %
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Sep 25, 2013||Bologna 3 - AC Milan 3|
|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|
|Dec 6, 2013||Bologna 0 - Juventus 2||ITA1|
|Dec 3, 2013||Bologna 1 - Siena 2||ITAC|
|Nov 30, 2013||Parma 1 - Bologna 1||ITA1|
|Nov 24, 2013||Bologna 1 - FC Internazionale 1||ITA1|
|Nov 10, 2013||Atalanta 2 - Bologna 1||ITA1|
|2||Mattia De Sciglio||Defender|
|92||Stephan El Shaarawy||Striker|
|34||Nigel De Jong||Midfielder|