Bologna v Parma – Stadio Renato Dall’Ara at 18:00 GMT+1 live at Premier Sports
Bologna boss Sinisa Mihajlovic felt his team “deserved to go at least two goals up” in their 2-1 defeat to Milan on Monday night, but was “angrier at the red cards” in his post-match dealings with the press.
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The Rossoblu were beaten at San Siro in a fiery encounter, which saw Lucas Paqueta sent off for the hosts before Nicola Sansone and Mitchell Dijks saw red in the final seconds. Mihajlovic, who has overseen a dramatic improvement, said, “When you keep wasting chances, you eventually pay for it”.
Sansone and Dijks will now miss out on Monday’s match-up with Parma, a vital encounter as Bologna look to complete their survival mission under the Serbian. The Rossoblu are five points clear of the drop with three games to play and could move above their visitors with victory at the Stadio Dall’Ara.
Mihajlovic has revitalised the Felsinei since replacing Pippo Inzaghi on the bench, bagging five successive home triumphs and a sixth success appeals at 1.84 quotes on Monday night. Bologna have appeared a more competitive and attack-minded outfit under the current regime and the new-look side have now returned an impressive W7-D2-L5 since Inzaghi was fired.
Those improved results have been built around a freedom of expression in the final-third that just wasn’t there under the previous boss. The seven-times Italian champions have scored in all bar two of their 14 outings under Mihajlovic, including racking up 13 goals in their most recent five as hosts.
Bologna appeal at the prices
So Bologna hold plenty of appeal at the Stadio Dall’Ara again, especially with Parma arriving on the back of a dismal second half of the Serie A campaign. The Ducali are now in 14th, six points ahead of Empoli, who take up the last relegation spot, but have returned only three wins in 22 (W3-D9-L10) league outings since the end of November.
Serie A survival was Parma’s aim at the start of the season and the fallen giants are looking like preserving their top-flight status. Last time out, the Ducali came from behind to earn a 3-3 draw despite trailing by two goals with half an hour to play against Sampdoria, a match head coach Roberto D’Aversa said earned the club “an important point”.
Nevertheless, D’Aversa’s outfit have looked like they’re on the beach for a while now and could be vulnerable on Monday evening having recorded a sole success since mid-January in Serie A.
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Preview by: @MarkOHaire.