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Jan 17, 2022 at 5.30pm UK at Stadio Renato Dall'Ara
Bologna
0 - 2
Napoli

Soumaoro (43'), Theate (57'), Binks (90+4')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Lozano (20', 47')
Zielinski (52')

Preview: Bologna vs. Napoli - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Monday's Serie A clash between Bologna and Napoli, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Napoli head into their meeting with Bologna on Monday evening looking for the victory that they require to keep in close proximity to the Serie A pacesetters.

While the visitors are unbeaten in their last two league fixtures, Bologna have suffered four defeats in five, leaving them well off the pace in the race for European qualification.


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Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti on January 9, 2022© Reuters

At one stage this season, Napoli were showing everything required to remain a constant threat at the top of the Serie A table, but that has certainly not been the case since the start of November.

Just three wins have been recorded in 10 games, the latest coming last weekend as Napoli edged out Sampdoria by a 1-0 scoreline.

However, in their last 13 games in all competitions, Luciano Spalletti's team have failed to post back-to-back victories, with their most recent disappointment coming in the Coppa Italia.

To their credit, Napoli equalised versus Fiorentina when at a player disadvantage, but going down to nine men saw them capitulate to a 5-2 defeat in Naples.

With three favourable fixtures ahead of them, Spalletti is under significant pressure to deliver, particularly with the club behind them threatening to push them outside of the Champions League places.

Bologna coach Sinisa Mihajlovic after the match on October 23, 2021© Reuters

Opponents Bologna have also enjoyed periods this season which has suggested at over-achievement, but Sinisa Mihajlovic's team have come back down to Earth over recent weeks.

While they recorded a terrific 3-0 victory at Sassuolo before the Christmas break, the other four fixtures have ended in defeat with nine goals being conceded in the process.

Mihajlovic would have expected Bologna to overcome a struggling Cagliari side in their first game back on January 11, but a lack of sharpness and fitness cost them as they succumbed to a late 2-1 setback.

Although they remain 11 points clear of the bottom three, I Rossoblu are now five points adrift of seventh-placed Roma ahead of Sunday fixtures, and it feels like they can ill-afford another setback on Monday night.

Bologna Serie A form:
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • L

Napoli Serie A form:
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • D
  • W

Napoli form (all competitions):
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • D
  • W
  • L



Team News

Bologna's Aaron Hickey in action with Napoli's Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa on October 28, 2021© Reuters

Aaron Hickey is expected to return at left wing-back for Bolonga after recovering from coronavirus.

Despite making just his second Serie A start of the campaign against Cagliari, youngster Luis Binks performed well and will hope to retain his place in the back three.

Gary Medel is among the players likely to remain absent through coronavirus, while Musa Barrow and Ibrahima Mbaye are away on international duty.

Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret is in line to deputise for David Ospina, who sustained an injury during the Coppa Italia tie with Fiorentina.

Manchester United loanee Axel Tuanzebe will likely have to make do with a place on the substitutes' bench, but Piotr Zielinski has tested positive for coronavirus.

Fabian Ruiz is pushing for a recall after two substitute appearances since the resumption.

Bologna possible starting lineup:
Skorupski; Bonifazi, Binks, Theate; Silvestri, Soriano, Dominguez, Svanberg, Hickey; Orsolini, Arnautovic

Napoli possible starting lineup:
Meret; Di Lorenzo, Rrahmani, Jesus, Rui; Demme, Lobotka; Politano, Mertens, Elmas; Petagna


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We say: Bologna 1-2 Napoli

With neither team in particularly good form, we feel that anything could happen in this contest. Nevertheless, given their superior quality in the final third, Napoli could edge this game by the odd goal in three having had to withstand pressure from their hosts.



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How you voted: Bologna vs Napoli

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Draw
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Napoli
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1AC Milan37258466313583
2Inter Milan37249481324981
3Napoli37237771314076
4Juventus382010857372070
5Lazio3818101077581964
6Roma381891159431663
7Fiorentina38195145951862
8Atalanta BCAtalanta3816111165481759
9Hellas VeronaHellas Verona381411136559653
10Torino381311144641550
11SassuoloSassuolo371311136463150
12Bologna381210164455-1146
13Udinese371014135758-144
14Empoli381011175070-2041
15Sampdoria37106214660-1436
16SpeziaSpezia37106214168-2736
17Salernitana37710203374-4131
18CagliariCagliari37611203468-3429
RGenoa38416182760-3328
RVeneziaVenezia3768233469-3526

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