Bologna vs Sassuolo – Bologna currently appear destined for their seventh bottom-half finish in the last nine Serie A (SA) seasons, following a dramatic and humiliating 4-3 defeat away to rock-bottom Venezia. This will be an emotional homecoming home for Bologna manager Sinia Mihajlovi, who missed over a month of match days owing to his cancer treatment.
Mihajlovi will be honoured at the stadium with the April Manager of the Month award for Bologna’s unblemished month despite his personal struggles. After a 2-1 come-from-behind triumph over title rivals Internazionale on April 27, fans are likely to expect a great swansong from the squad in their final home game of the season.
Alessio Dionisi’s 150th Italian league game as a manager (excluding playoffs) did not go well, as his Sassuolo team was defeated by Udinese (1-1) after leading for 70 minutes. Despite only keeping one clean sheet in their previous 30 SA games, they are still comfortably mid-table, and the 3-0 reverse H2H defeat was one of only three times they failed to score in return during that period.
Bologna vs Sassuolo – Betting Analysis
Despite being winless in four games (D1, L3), the visitors had already ended two four-game losing streaks this season in South Africa, the most recent of which came before their shock 2-0 triumph at Inter in February. This season, the pre-match underdog has won or drawn 61 percent of the club’s SA games (W11, D11, L14), indicating that this match should be as wide open as predicted throughout the week.
Players to watch: Since mid-December, Riccardo Orsolini has scored Bologna’s first goal on four occasions in SA, beginning with the preceding H2H and finishing with his most recent appearance. Meanwhile, all seven SA 2021/22 away games in which Gianluca Scamacca has scored have resulted in points for Sassuolo (W4, D3).
All bar one of Bologna’s past ten SA encounters have ended in a 0-0 stalemate at halftime.