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  • September 19, 2010
  • • 14:00
  • • Stadio Olimpico, Roma
  • Referee: S. Peruzzo
  • • Attendance: 29599
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Serie A Preview: Roma - Bologna

Serie A Preview: Roma - Bologna

Claudio Ranieri's men have to bounce back from Tuesday's defeat...

Turbulent Week

Roma's start to the season was disappointing enough but after their 2-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League it has become controversial. The Giallorossi's performance was dire at the Allianz Arena as they played defensive football that didn't go down well with club captain and talisman Francesco Totti.

"We did not play football, we just thought about defending," said Totti. "We always had 10 men behind the ball, and I think that we cannot win games this way. We played the old catenaccio. We defended for the entire game, not even having a shot on goal.

"Now we are here speaking about another loss. Until now things have not gone well. I hope this changes soon, starting from Bologna on Sunday."

At the moment last season's runners-up in Serie A have just one point from two league fixtures and after losing 5-1 to Cagliari last weekend are current a place above the bottom place.

Coach Claudio Ranieri knows that he will have to win this game for the Rome-based club as there are suggestions that Marcello Lippi could replace him if results don't improve.

Struggling As Usual


Bologna are supposedly one of the sides who will fight for survival in Serie A this season and so far they have been doing just that. With just a one point from two games, the Felsinei are currently third from bottom.

However, Alberto Malesani's side should be encouraged by the fact that they held Italian and European giants Inter to a 0-0 draw in their first game of the league campaign.


TEAM NEWS

Roma


Riise, Taddei, Okaka and Castellini are out with injuries. Nicolas Burdisso is suspended.

Probable Lineup (4-3-1-2): Julio Sergio, Rosi, Mexes, Juan, Cassetti; Perrotta, Pizarro, De Rossi; Menez; Totti, Borriello

Bologna


Morleo, Gavilan, Khrin, Pisanu, Busce and Ekdal are out.

Probable Lineup (4-3-3): Viviano, Garics, Portanova, Britos, Rubin; Perez, Mudingayi, Casarini; Siligardi, Di Vaio, Paponi



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Players to watch

F. Totti

Position: Attacker

Games: 8

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Totti was critical of Ranieri's approach against Bayern Munich and he will have a point to prove when he starts against Bologna. The former Italy international remains Roma's talisman and he will have to supply the spirit and encouragement.

E. Viviano

Position: Goalkeeper

Games: 0

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Viviano must be aware of the task at hand as he will have to be alert all the time between the sticks for Bologna given that Roma will go on the attack at home.

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
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Bologna FC 1909 Bologna
83%

Top 3 Predictions

AS Roma ROM
2 - 0
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AS Roma ROM
3 - 0
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AS Roma ROM
3 - 1
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