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  • January 6, 2011
  • • 14:00
  • • Stadio Renato Dall'Ara, Bologna
  • Referee: A. Giannoccaro
  • • Attendance: 16000
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Serie A Preview: Bologna - Fiorentina

Serie A Preview: Bologna - Fiorentina

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.



TEAM NEWS

Bologna


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.

Fiorentina

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.

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Available Squads
-Emiliano VivianoGoalkeeper
18Vangelis MorasDefender
90Daniele PortanovaDefender
5Miguel Angel BritosDefender
-Matteo RubinDefender
16Gaby MudingayiMidfielder
-Federico CasariniMidfielder
7Francesco Della RoccaMidfielder
20Albin EkdalMidfielder
10G. RamírezMidfielder
9Marco Di VaioStriker
12Cristiano LupatelliGoalkeeper
8Gyorgy GaricsDefender
-Nicolò CherubinDefender
-Antonio BuscèMidfielder
-H. GiménezStriker
26Luca SiligardiMidfielder
8Ivan RadovanovicMidfielder
Players to Watch
Marco Di Vaio
Marco Di Vaio
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Marco Di Vaio has scored nine goals and provided two assists in 17 league appearances this season and the veteran striker will be eager to add to his tally today. Di Vaio has been arguably the best player for Bologna for a while now and he will be a major threat to Fiorentina.
Alberto Gilardino
Alberto Gilardino
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 82
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Alberto Gilardino has scored five goals and provided one assist in 14 league matches and in the absence of Adrian Mutu he will asked to take more responsibility upfront. The 28-year-old's experience will be crucial in earning Fiorentina at least a point in Bologna.
Prediction
Bologna have been improving of late and also have a strong record at home, so a win today against Fiorentina is expected.
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