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  • December 19, 2010
  • • 14:00
  • • Stadio Ennio Tardini, Parma
  • Referee: C. Russo
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Serie A Preview: Parma - Bologna

Serie A Preview: Parma - Bologna

Three vital points are at stake in this relegation six-pointer for two sides who are still flirting with the drop...

Reaching Out Of Danger

Parma's 2-1 triumph over Udinese earlier this month had inspired hopes of survival in the Italian top flight to spring up but last weekend's comprehensive 3-1 defeat in Palermo invited back the worries they have had since the beginning of the 2010-11 campaign.

That loss coupled with wins for Brescia and Lecce contrived to drag the Ducali to just two places and three points above the relegation zone. There is a possibility that Pasquale Marino's side could finish the year level on points with 18th-placed Lecce.

Parma, though, do have an encouraging record at home as they have lost just once all season in the league at the Stadio Ennio Tardini. Furthermore, the Gialloblu have conceded just four times in eight matches in front of their own supporters and although they have struggled to find the oppositions net, they will head into the encounter against Bologna confident of mustering at least a draw.

Danger Lurks Still


Bologna may have mustered some very encouraging results since November including back-to-back victories over Cesena and Bologna and have also progressed to the fifth round of the Coppa Italia, but the Felsinei are essentially fighting against the drop to Serie B.

At the moment Alberto Malesani's side are 14th in the league standings with 19 points from 16 matches, just four points above the relegation zone. Last weekend the Rossoblu were comprehensively overcome 3-0 by Milan at home but then again, it was an expected result and Bologna wouldn't have really hoped for even a point.

Bologna's form away from home, though, is poor as they have won just once on the road and have conceded 17 goals in eight matches.

TEAM NEWS

Parma


Marques, Paloschi, Galloppa and Antonelli are out injured.

Bologna

Perez and Mutarelli are unavailable because of injuries and Mudingayi is suspended.

Players to watch

H. Crespo

Position: Attacker

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Hernan Crespo will be Parma's best bet for a goal against Bologna. The veteran Argentine striker has looked good so far this season and his experience and off-the-ball movement will put the visitors' defence into a fix.

M. Di Vaio

Position: Attacker

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Marco Di Vaio will again be Bologna's main threat for a goal against Parma. The 34-year-old has scored nine goals in the league and has started to look the kind of player that has made him Bologna's saviour in the Italian top flight for the past two seasons.

Editor's Prediction

Bologna's poor away form means that Parma will have the advantage and could just about edge past them.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Parma

Bologna

Wins
2
2
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Parma FC PAR
Parma FC Parma
Draw
Bologna FC 1909 BOL
Bologna FC 1909 Bologna
78%

Top 3 Predictions

Parma FC PAR
2 - 0
Bologna FC 1909 BOL
Parma FC PAR
2 - 1
Bologna FC 1909 BOL
Parma FC PAR
1 - 0
Bologna FC 1909 BOL

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