Bologna v Genoa – Stadio Renato Dall’Ara at 17:00 GMT Live at Premier Sports
Bologna assistant manager Emilio De Leo has said that the Rossoblu “took inspiration” from head coach Sinisa Mihajlovic for their eye-catching 3-2 win at Roma last Friday night, claiming “we decided to play in an open, attacking way.”
Il Veltri have now claimed three successive victories to climb into seventh place in Serie A, with January signing Musa Barrow playing a starring role in the success at Roma, contributing a brace and assist for leading goalscorer Riccardo Orsolini in the Stadio Olimpico showdown.
De Leo said, “This is the cultural shift we’ve been trying to enact here, the belief we can play based on our qualities even at the Olimpico against Roma, and it’s paying dividends. De Leo had particular praise for midfielder Jerdy Schouten, who impressed in the absence of Gary Medel, Andrea Poli and Nicola Sansone.
Bologna boss Mihajlovic was diagnosed with leukaemia in July, and spent all of pre-season, plus most of the campaign in hospital undergoing three courses of chemotherapy, as well as a bone marrow transplant. But the Serbian was released from hospital only on the morning of the match for anti-viral treatment.
De Leo added, “After the match, he congratulated the squad, because he had asked us to come here and play with our principles, not to track back, not to go deep, not to be passive or remissive. This is the example he set for us in these months and the team took inspiration.”
Goals on the agenda
The Rossoblu’s style under Mihajlovic’s guidance is certainly distinctive. The carefree, attacking approach in which Bologna take games on has led to numerous high-scoring showdowns with his 40 fixtures in charge returning a chunky 3.18 goals per-game average and 28 (70%) seeing Over 2.5 Goals land.
At their Stadio Renato Dall’Ara base, Bologna have proven tough operators, suffering just four defeats in 20 under the Serbian boss’ tutorship, notching at least twice on 13 (65%) occasions. A bulbous 14 (60%) of those encounters saw at least three goals scored in total with both teams scoring in 15 (75%).
So it’s surprising to see Over 2.5 Goals offered at 1.82 for Saturday’s clash with Genoa. The visitors are fresh off a morale-boosting 1-0 triumph at home to Cagliari, although nine of their 12 away trips this term – across three separate management teams – have seen this selection provide profit in Serie A.
Genoa head coach Davide Nicola wasn’t overly pleased with his team’s performance last time out, suggested his side didn’t play as he would’ve liked, He claimed, “We tried some new ideas but the lads are conditioned by the 3-5-2 system” and such inconsistencies could prove costly in the coming weeks.
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 2.50 Goals at 1.820
Preview by: @MarkOHaire