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Serie A

  • January 29, 2012
  • • 14:00
  • • Stadio Olimpico, Roma
  • Referee: M. Guida
  • • Attendance: 34073

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



Rosi, Juan, Heinze, Taddei
Simplicio, Gago, Pjanic
Bojan, Lamela

Raggi, Portanova, Antonsson, Crespo
Perez, Mudingayi, Morleo
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.

  • 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.


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Italy - Serie A ‎(ITA1)‎ Feb 22, 2014 Bologna 0 - Roma 1
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Italy - Serie A ‎(ITA1)‎ Sep 29, 2013 Roma 5 - Bologna 0
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Italy - Serie A ‎(ITA1)‎ Jan 27, 2013 Bologna 3 - Roma 3
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Italy - Serie A ‎(ITA1)‎ Sep 16, 2012 Roma 2 - Bologna 3
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Italy - Serie A ‎(ITA1)‎ Jan 29, 2012 Roma 1 - Bologna 1
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Last Five Matches
Aug 2, 2014FC Internazionale 2 - Roma 0ICC
Jul 30, 2014Real Madrid CF 0 - Roma 1ICC
Jul 26, 2014Man Utd. 3 - Roma 2ICC
Jul 24, 2014Liverpool 0 - Roma 1FR
May 18, 2014Genoa 1 - Roma 0ITA1
May 18, 2014Lazio 1 - Bologna 0ITA1
May 11, 2014Bologna 1 - Catania 2ITA1
May 4, 2014Genoa 0 - Bologna 0ITA1
Apr 26, 2014Bologna 0 - Fiorentina 3ITA1
Apr 19, 2014Juventus 1 - Bologna 0ITA1
Team News
Available Squads
1Maarten StekelenburgGoalkeeper
19G. HeinzeDefender
-Aleandro RosiMidfielder
-Rodrigo TaddeiMidfielder
15Miralem PjanicMidfielder
5Fernando GagoMidfielder
-Leandro GrecoMidfielder
11Erik LamelaStriker
10Francesco TottiStriker
29Fabio BoriniStriker
18Gianluca CurciGoalkeeper
-José ÁngelDefender
14Simon KjaerDefender
20Simone PerrottaMidfielder
-Fabio Henrique SimplicioMidfielder
92Federico VivianiMidfielder
-Bojan KrkicStriker
1Jean-François GilletGoalkeeper
3Archimede MorleoDefender
15Mikael AntonssonDefender
8Gyorgy GaricsDefender
-Andrea RaggiDefender
90Daniele PortanovaDefender
-Saphir TaiderMidfielder
15Diego PérezMidfielder
-Gaby MudingayiMidfielder
9Marco Di VaioStriker
-Alessandro DiamantiStriker
-Federico AgliardiGoalkeeper
-Nicolò CherubinDefender
75Josè CrespoDefender
33Frederik SorensenDefender
-Matteo RubinDefender
15Rene KrhinMidfielder
-H. GiménezStriker
12Robert AcquafrescaStriker
Players to Watch
Francesco Totti
Francesco Totti
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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.
Alessandro Diamanti
Alessandro Diamanti
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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.
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.
Editor's Prediction
Roma 2

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