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  • January 29, 2012
  • • 14:00
  • • Stadio Olimpico, Roma
  • Referee: M. Guida
  • • Attendance: 34073
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Serie A Preview: Roma - Bologna

Serie A Preview: Roma - Bologna

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In the wake of their disappointing Coppa Italia exit to Juventus midweek, the Giallorossi will be hoping to recover some pride against Stefano Pioli's struggling outfit on Sunday


PROBABLE LINEUPS

ROMA

Stekelenburg
Rosi, Juan, Heinze, Taddei
Simplicio, Gago, Pjanic
Totti
Bojan, Lamela
BOLOGNA

Gillet
Raggi, Portanova, Antonsson, Crespo
Perez, Mudingayi, Morleo
Diamanti
Taider, Di Vaio

Roma coach Luis Enrique is expected to name an unchanged team from Tuesday's 3-0 Coppa Italia quarter-final defeat to Juventus, despite Erik Lamela's sending-off in that encounter. However, Daniele De Rossi and Marco Cassetti have not been deemed fit enough to participate, while there is similarly no such luck for long-term absentees Pablo Osvaldo and Nicolas Burdisso.

However, Bologna look set to ring the changes from the goalless draw with Parma in Serie A last Sunday, as Matteo Rubin, Gyorgy Garics and Robert Acquafresca are to be replaced by Jose Angel Crespo, Archimede Morleo and Saphir Taider. Panagiotis Kone, Simone Loria and Nico Pulzetti are all on the sidelines, but Gaston Ramirez finds himself suspended.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Roma are unbeaten in their last eight meetings against Bologna in Serie A, winning five and drawing three in the process.
  • The Giallorossi have scored in 21 consecutive home matches against Sunday's opponents.
  • Roma are also on a run of four straight wins; their best run in Serie A since April 2010, when they won six on the trot.
  • The home side are the only Serie A outfit to have lost each of their games after falling behind this season (six).
  • Bologna have emerged victorious over Roma more times than against any other opponent in Serie A.
  • They have also scored 68 goals at Roma; more than against any other team away from home.
  • Striker Marco Di Vaio has already notched seven goals against the Giallorossi in Serie A.
  • However, Bologna have won just one of their last six league games.

Players to watch

F. Totti

Position: Attacker

Games: 5

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No Totti, no party. The club legend broke Gunnar Nordahl's goalscoring record for a single Italian club against Cesena last weekend and will look to continue his rich vein of form against Bologna. The forward has also reverted to his more natural surroundings of the No. 10 role in recent times, supplying a further three assists to team-mates.

A. Diamanti

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The former West Ham star may not have appeared as much as he would have liked to this season since his arrival from Brescia in the summer, mainly playing second fiddle to Gaston Ramirez in the hole behind the strikers, but he has shown glimpses of class when on the pitch - demonstrated by his two goals and three assists, including an eye-catching performance against AC Milan.

Editor's Prediction

The hosts are expected to beat the Gialloblu comfortably, but it may not turn out to be such a formality, as the same side that suffered a potentially-demoralising reverse to Juventus will also line up at the Olimpico. Throw their inconsistent form against the visitors into the mix and Roma are sure to have a tricky task on their hands, albeit one which they should overcome.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Roma

Bologna

Wins
2
2
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

AS Roma ROM
AS Roma Roma
Draw
Bologna FC 1909 BOL
Bologna FC 1909 Bologna
96%

Top 3 Predictions

AS Roma ROM
3 - 0
Bologna FC 1909 BOL
AS Roma ROM
2 - 0
Bologna FC 1909 BOL
AS Roma ROM
3 - 1
Bologna FC 1909 BOL

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