Just a single point separates the two sides, neither of whom are particularly safe from relegation yet...Clawing Out Of Danger
Bologna started the campaign as one of the sides to be entrenched in the race to finish outside the bottom three and so far they have been doing quite well in the race. The Rossoblu head into their first league fixture of the new year in 14th place with 20 points from 17 matches, five ahead of third-from-bottom Brescia.
Bologna have a good record at home, having won four out eight league encounters played at the Renato Dall'Ara. Interestingly, the Felsinei also have a mean defensive record in front of their own supporters, having conceded just six goals.
Alberto Malesani's side will be aiming for maximum points against struggling Fiorentina today and given their record at home, they could just about nick it.
Problems On And Off The Pitch
As if Fiorentina needed yet another problem. On Wednesday striker Adrian Mutu, who had returned from a long-term ban not so long ago, stormed out of training after alleged confrontations with a team-mate and the club issued a statement saying that they will take action against him.
This is just an off-pitch problem that Fiorentina have. On the pitch too the Viola are struggling to maintain harmony as they are 15th in the table and have 19 points from 16 matches and are just four points above the dropzone.
Agonisingly, Fiorentina have not won away from home all season and have collected just three points from a possible 24. Winning today would be terribly tough for Sinisa Mihajlovic's side.
Meggiorini, Perez and Morleo are injured and will miss the match. Bologna are likely to field a 4-3-1-2 formation with Di Vaio and Gimenez as the front-two.
Vargas, Natali, Jovetic and Frey are injured and will miss the trip to Bologna. Donadel is suspended. The Viola will pitch a 4-2-3-1 formation that will have Gilardino as the lone targetman.