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Prediction: Bologna vs Torino

Tom Dunstan in Free Soccer Predictions, Serie A 24 Nov 2023

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Verdict: Bologna draw no bet

Best Odds: 7/10

Bookmaker: Luckster

Two sides who are looking to punch a Serie A top-half finish this season, Bologna will welcome Torino to the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara on Monday night.

Bologna

Starting with the hosts, heading into November’s international break with a 2-1 loss away at Fiorentina, Bologna will certainly be seeking an immediate response here. Nevertheless, shocking many across Italy’s elite last season as they secured a top-half finish, some in Thiago Motta’s camp have their sights set on mounting a genuine European charge this time around. Opening this weekend’s fixtures sat just two points adrift of skyrocketing into the top-six, the Greyhounds should be relishing a return to action here. Remarkably losing just one of their previous 13 straight domestic appearances across all competitions – a run that stems all the way back to August 21st – Bologna have also gained a reputation for their continued success on home soil. Last seen at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara landing a famous 1-0 victory against Lazio, it should be noted that Motta’s side have won each of their previous four showdowns in Emilia-Romagna by an aggregate score of 8-1.

Team News

Dealing with a long-term knee injury and yet to make a single Serie A appearance this season, Bologna will once again be without 31-year-old defender Adama Soumaoro on Monday night. While Morocco international Oussama El Azzouri might have returned to first-team training last week, the former Royale Union starlet is not expected to feature here.

Continuing to shine this season and notching three goals in his previous five domestic appearances prior to November’s international break, Joshua Zirkzee will spearhead Motta’s charge at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara.

Torino

As for the visitors, while Torino might have seen their Coppa Italia adventure come to an abrupt end thanks to a shock 2-1 loss at home against Frosinone earlier in the month, the Bulls are enjoying another Serie A flurry. Signing off October with a gritty 1-0 victory away at Leece, Ivan Juric’s side have collected seven points from their previous three top-flight appearances. Marking their return on Monday night sat just a single point adrift of breaking into the top-half, the Piedmont-based outfit have largely bounced back for their worrying rut last month. Although Torino might face a stern examination here, the former Genoa boss should be excited by an eye-catching record against Monday’s hosts. Landing a 1-0 win when they two sides last met back on March 6th, it should be highlighted that Juric’s side have suffered just a single loss from their previous eight meetings – a run that stems back to March 2019.

Team News

Sustaining a knee blow prior to November’s international break, Torino are once again expected to be without 23-year-old defender Perr Schuurs on Monday night. However, the Bulls are hopeful that former Empoli starlet Samuele Ricci will be able to make a full return here.

While ex-Atalanta striker Duvan Zapata might have failed to notch a single Serie A strike since back on September 24th, the Colombia international should once again spearhead Juric’s side at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides last met back on March 6th, Torino picked up a 1-0 victory in Piedmont.
    • Likewise, the Bulls have lost just one of their previous eight meetings against Bologna – a run that stems back to March 2019.
    • However, Monday’s hosts have suffered just a single loss from any of their previous 13 domestic appearances across all formats.
    • Bologna have also won each of their last four showdowns at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara by an aggregate score of 8-1.
    • Six of the last eight meetings between Bologna and Torino have finished with under 2.5 goals.

    Conclusion

    While Bologna might have recorded just a single victory against Torino since March 2019, the Greyhounds should be relishing a return to Serie A action here. Opening this weekend’s fixtures sat just two points adrift of breaking into the European places, Monday’s hosts have also gained a fearsome reputation for their continued success on home soil. In fact, Motta’s men have won each of their previous four showdowns at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara by an aggregate score of 8-1. While Torino might have entered November’s international break with a welcomed boost, we are backing a home draw no bet.

    Verdict: Bologna draw no bet

    Best Odds: 7/10

    Bookmaker: Luckster

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
    Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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