After being kept to a 1-1 draw by RFS in the Conference League, Fiorentina travels to play Bologna, who just sacked their manager. Our sportsbook is offering the best markets and bonuses for the Italian top-flight league.
Bologna: Defensive Struggles
No wins from the opening five games brought the sacking of Sinisa Mihajlovic last week. It wasn’t the most popular decision of all time, the coach is a legend among Bologna’s fans and he is battling leukemia, but last season’s bad results plus this term’s poor performance made the team’s board take the decision.
With just three points under their belt and eight goals allowed in the process, Bologna is sitting 16th in the standings, just one point above the drop zone. Now it will be interesting to see how the team starts against Fiorentina, but managerial changes usually provoke a shock in the squad, and many times we’ve seen teams bounce back in the first match. However, this doesn’t mean we will include them in our soccer picks and parlays.
Technical director Giovanni Sartori and sporting director Marco Di Vaio are now preparing to seek a new head coach in the short term, with former Genoa and Spezia boss Thiago Motta emerging as an early favorite.
Bologna has an above-average squad with a great attacking line. Marko Arnautovic, Musa Barrow, and Riccardo Orsolini are forming a great trio, and we should see them bring their A game on Sunday against Fiorentina. It is difficult to know just how Bologna will line up for this one under new management, but they should have enough to contribute to the scoresheet.
Fiorentina: Less Resting Days
Fiorentina most recently played a home Europa Conference League clash against RFS, which was a disappointing 1-1 draw. Antonin Barak was the goalscorer at Artemio Franchi. They are not way above Bologna in the standings as they picked up six points in five games, winning just one match in the process.
Vincenzo Italiano would probably have wished that his troops had got the chance to play against Bologna last week rather than face the ideas of a new head coach. Fiorentina managed to keep Juventus to a 1-1 draw last weekend, which is a positive result for them, but that doesn’t mean they have a good start to their season.
After securing a return to Europe through a seventh-place finish last term, Vincenzo Italiano’s side is starting to stumble this season. With a continental campaign to consider, Italiano has not been shy in rotating his squad, trying to find the best starting lineup. Still, his team is struggling to find the back of the net this term despite having players like Luka Jovic, Cristian Kouame, or Riccardo Sottil. If you’re betting online, you should not back Fiorentina just yet.
Bologna vs Fiorentina Head-to-Head
Fiorentina is yet to score an away goal in all competitions this term, but they’ve netted six times across their last two visits to Stadio Renato Dall’Ara, winning one game in the process. They are unbeaten in eight consecutive meetings at this venue, winning four games. Bologna’s last win against Fiorentina happened in 2013. Three of the last five head-to-heads between the two sides produced at least three goals on the scoresheet.
Bologna vs Fiorentina Match Information
- Game: Bologna (0-3-2) vs. Fiorentina (1-3-1)
- Location: Stadio Renato Dall’Ara (Bologna)
- Day/Time: Sunday, Sept. 11th, 9:00 a.m. ET
- Bologna vs Fiorentina Live stream: fubo.tv
Bologna vs Fiorentina Betting Lines
Bologna vs Fiorentina Prediction
The visitors enter this clash as slight favorites, priced at +145 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds, while the goal line is set at 2½.
Bologna’s managerial change will definitely bring a big plus to their game, and we expect them to enter this clash all guns blazing. Fiorentina’s European commitments will surely impact the team, as they had fewer days to prepare and get in shape for this match. This clash should be closer than the odds suggest, so we avoid the ML here, but we expect a draw with goals.