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  • November 10, 2010
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, Genova
  • Referee: D. Celi
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Serie A Preview: Genoa – Bologna

Serie A Preview: Genoa – Bologna

The Grifone will hope for a turnaround of results under a new coach…

New Coach, New Start

Gian Piero Gasperini paid the price for Genoa’s disappointing start to the season and was given the marching orders by club president Enrico Preziosi. The 1-0 defeat to fellow Champions League-chasers Palermo at the weekend that pushed the Grifone to just three points above the relegation zone proved to be the final straw that broke his back.

Davide Ballardini is the new tactician of the ambitious Serie A club and he will have his work cut out. The 46-year-old does have loads of experience in the Italian top flight, having coached Palermo, Cagliari and Lazio, but he knows that realising Genoa’s dreams at a stage when they are struggling for a good run of results will be tough.

"I thank Genoa president Enrico Preziosi for giving me the opportunity to coach the oldest club in Italy,'' said the tactician. "This is where football began in Italy and I'm delighted to be here.

"My aim is to make sure Genoa are competitive and I believe we have the players to achieve this.

"Gasperini has done a great job at the club and to replace him is a great challenge for me.''

Rising Up

Bologna defeated fellow relegation candidates Lecce 2-0 at the weekend to muster their first win in six matches. The result means that the Rossoblu are now level on points with Genoa on 11 points from 10 matches.

However, Alberto Malesani’s side are just three points above the relegation zone and cannot afford to drop points. Every point is important in a league where competition is intense and immensely fierce.

Bologna are handicapped by their poor away record, though, as they have yet to win on the road and have conceded a whopping 12 goals in five away games.


TEAM NEWS

Genoa

Jankovic, Palacio, Sculli, Chico and Palladino are unavailable for the match against Bologna.

Bologna

Esposito and Della Rocca are unavailable because of injuries.

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Last Five Matches
Genoa
Sep 14, 2014Fiorentina 0 - Genoa 0ITA1
Aug 31, 2014Genoa 1 - SSC Napoli 2ITA1
Aug 24, 2014Virtus Lanciano 0 - Genoa 1ITAC
May 18, 2014Genoa 1 - Roma 0ITA1
May 11, 2014Sassuolo 4 - Genoa 2ITA1
Bologna
Sep 12, 2014Pescara 2 - Bologna 3ITA2
Sep 7, 2014Bologna 1 - ACD Virtus Entella 1ITA2
Aug 29, 2014Perugia 2 - Bologna 1ITA2
May 18, 2014Lazio 1 - Bologna 0ITA1
May 11, 2014Bologna 1 - Catania 2ITA1
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
-EduardoGoalkeeper
-Marco RossiMidfielder
23Andrea RanocchiaDefender
3Dario DainelliDefender
4Domenico CriscitoDefender
-Omar MilanettoMidfielder
13RafinhaMidfielder
16Giandomenico MestoMidfielder
4Miguel VelosoMidfielder
9Luca ToniStriker
-Gergely RudolfStriker
-Alessio ScarpiGoalkeeper
24Emiliano MorettiDefender
20Franco ZuculiniMidfielder
-Francesco ModestoMidfielder
22Mattia DestroStriker
-Houssine KharjaMidfielder
-Kakhaber KaladzeDefender
-Emiliano VivianoGoalkeeper
8Gyorgy GaricsDefender
90Daniele PortanovaDefender
5Miguel Angel BritosDefender
-Matteo RubinDefender
15Diego PérezMidfielder
8Ivan RadovanovicMidfielder
20Albin EkdalMidfielder
-Antonio BuscèMidfielder
9Marco Di VaioStriker
-Riccardo MeggioriniStriker
12Cristiano LupatelliGoalkeeper
18Vangelis MorasDefender
-Gaby MudingayiMidfielder
-Daniele PaponiStriker
-Federico CasariniMidfielder
10G. RamírezMidfielder
-H. GiménezStriker
Players to Watch
Luca Toni
Luca Toni
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
2 1 0 0

Toni will be the central striker in a three-man attackline for Genoa and he will be important in the Grifone’s start of a new era. Toni has the experience and he will have to use it on Wednesday night.

Marco Di Vaio
Marco Di Vaio
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

Di Vaio was on target for Bologna at the weekend and paved the road for his side to march to a 2-0 win. It was the 34-year-old’s sixth goal in 10 league fixtures and he will again be the man to watch out for, just he is for most weeks.

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