AS Roma vs Bologna: Match Preview

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Roma return back to Serie A football after midweek exploits in England. Roma will be looking to bounce back after a defeat in Milan last week with a positive display in Serie A on Sunday evening.

AS Roma travelled to Leicester to take on Leicester City in the Semi-final first leg of the Europa Conference League. Roma came away with a very credible 1-1 away draw from the game. The hosts dominated the game but came against a stubborn Roma defensive line.

Roma had a game plan of sitting deep and frustrating their opponents and hitting on the counterattack. The game plan worked for sixty minutes after leading through a Lorenzo Pellegrini opener. A Gianluca Mancini‘s own goal/Ademola Lookman gave Leicester the opening they craved for. The replays were inconclusive on who touched the ball last. Roma did not really offer that much in attack they were quite stagnant and lacked a cutting edge going forward. But overall, a very good defensive away display. Chris Smalling, my man of the match, unbelievable performance at the heart of the back three. Week after week Smalling is proving his worth to this team.

Roma will be without Henrikh Mkhitaryan for the next twenty days after he picked up a muscle injury away in Leicester. Sergio Oliveira is suspended for the Sunday game after picking up a yellow card against Inter.

PREDICTED XI | ROMA (3-4-2-1)

Rui Patricio, Mancini, Ibanez, Kumbulla, Maitland-Niles, Veretout, Cristante, Vina, El Shaarawy, Pellegrini, Abraham.

Bologna are the visitors to the Italian capital on Sunday night, they find themselves in the thirteenth position in the Serie A table. Forty-two points from thirty-four games see Bologna comfortably in mid-table.

Bologna is without their manager Sinisa Mihajlovic. The players have fought for him in his absence, Bologna are unbeaten in their last five games since the return to Serie A after the March international break. Three draws and two wins in the last five games and they have had a say in the Serie A title race by picking up points against both Milan clubs.

The three draws were a 0-0 away draw against AC Milan, a 1-1 away draw against Juventus where they were denied all three points in stoppage time with nine men. The third and final draw was a 2-2 home draw against Udinese last weekend. The two wins were a 2-0 home win over Sampdoria. The second and final win was a 2-1 home win over Inter on Wednesday evening in a re-arranged fixture after the game was called off due to Covid cases in the Bologna squad on Epiphany. Nicola Sansone was the match hero with nine minutes as he capitalised on an Ionut Radu goalkeeper mistake.

PREDICTED XI | BOLOGNA (3-5-2)

Skorupski, Soumaoro, Medel, Theate, De Silvestri, Soriano, Schouten, Dominguez, Hickey, Barrow, Arnautovic.

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