Juventus take on the visitors Bologna in the round 33 match of Italian Serie A. The match will be played on Saturday, April 16th at Allianz Stadium (Turin).
Juventus obviously will not achieve anything more than they did last season. In Serie A, due to the expensive signing of Vlahovic, and, importantly, the sharp decline of the competitor, Atalanta, it was possible to gain a foothold in 4th place. But it is already clear that there are no real hopes for the return of the Scudetto this spring. Yes, competitors are not perfect either. But what can an ambitious club hope for if it loses to a direct competitor – Inter, at own field, on the «Allianz Stadium». Moreover, even with the next opponent, the modest Cagliari, the giants conceded first. It’s good that De Ligt managed to even the score and in the middle of the 2nd half, Dusan scored another goal. He has 5 goals in 9 games in a new shirt in Calcio, so the considerable expense of a scorer is more or less justified.
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Bologna seem to have found a special motivation for the current matches. Football players understand that there are actually no tournament tasks – the club, as it was in the middle of the standings in previous years, will remain so. But the players are trying to please Sinisa Mihajlovic at least this way. The charismatic mentor is again forced to be distracted by the fight against leukemia, and even holds pre-match speeches straight from the hospital ward. The Red-Blues started April with a goalless draw on the San Siro field – they were able to stop the leader of the standings. And on April 11, it turned out to deal with Sampdoria due to the double of Marko Arnautovic. After 31 matches Rossoblu have a significant 37 points – this is already 15 points more than Venice with Genoa.
Bologna last won a head-to-head in 2011. In December, too, Juventus managed to win with a comfortable score of 2-0. Juventus will definitely not release a seriously injured Chiesa, as well as Mackeny, Locatelli, and about half a dozen lesser-known players. Bologna cannot count on de Silvestri, Michael and Falcinelli. But her main loss is Mihajlovic. Bookmakers do not doubt the victory of Juventus. But Bologna will not come to give 3 points either, and will obviously try to resist.