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Serse Cosmi's side play host to Stefano Pioli's men on Thursday night and Willie Duncan believes that the two teams could prove to be tough to separate in a tight match in Tuscany

It is not been a great summer for Serie A side Siena who were handed a six-point deduction for their role in the Scommessopoli match-fixing scandal.

However, despite that Serse Cosmi’s side enjoyed their first win of the league season on Sunday when they shocked Inter at San Siro and the Bianconeri will be looking to record a second successive victory when they welcome Bologna to Stadio Artemio Franchi on Thursday night.

Despite claiming two draws as well as that win over Inter from their first four matches, Siena are, of course, still in negative points following that deduction but victory here would bring them into the positive column for the first time this season and Cosmi’s men can be backed at 28/25 (2.12) with PanBet to achieve that objective.

Bologna, though, have already claimed the scalp of Roma on the road this season and are priced up at a chunky 3/1 (4.0) with PanBet to pick up another three away points on Thursday night. The draw is available with the same firm at 23/10 (3.30).

Siena have scored four goals in their last two meetings but failed to net more than once in seven league meetings prior to that while Bologna managed just 41 goals in 38 Serie A fixtures last season so a high-scoring encounter seems unlikely when these two teams clash.

Subsequently, the 7/10 (1.70) quote from PanBet for fewer than three goals to be scored carries considerable appeal in what is likely to be a tight encounter.

It is also worth noting that Siena have failed to score in the first half of their two home encounters thus far this season while Stefano Pioli’s team have not scored in the first half on the road this season so the 27/25 (2.08) quote from PanBet for the game to be level at half time is worthy of support here.

Those seeking bigger prices here may well be tempted by the 15/4 (4.75) for the match to be level at both half time and full time while the chunky 77/10 (8.70) from PanBet  for the match to end 0-0 is another value play here.

 
BET
OF THE
DAY
BEST BET
VALUE BET
Match to be drawn at half time at 27/25 (2.08) with PanBet
0-0 draw at 77/10 (8.70) with PanBet

Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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