Jan 6, 2021 at 2pm UK
Tomiyasu (19'), Svanberg (40')
Svanberg (36'), Schouten (60'), da Costa (86')
Svanberg (47')
FT(HT: 2-1)
Pereyra (34'), Arslan (90+2')
Walace (21'), Samir (26'), Lasagna (78')

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

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

Bologna host Udinese in Serie A on Wednesday afternoon, with both sides suffering a dip in form in recent weeks.

Sinisa Mihajlovic's team have won only one of their last seven matches against the visitors, while I Bianconeri are unbeaten in their last four meetings with the home side.

Match preview

Bologna extended their winless run to seven league games last weekend as they played out a goalless draw away at Fiorentina.

Despite having more possession, Sinisa Mihajlovic's side struggled to break down the Florence outfit, who failed to have a single shot on target.

I Rossoblu have now drawn their last four league matches, having not drawn any of their first 11 league games this season before this run.

One positive to take away was a clean sheet for only the second time this campaign – only Genoa and Sampdoria have kept fewer.

Mihajlovic will be aware that his side could slip into a precarious position if their winless run were to continue and hopes to secure the three points on Wednesday, which would end that run and could move Bologna eight points clear of the relegation zone.

Udinese have suffered successive league defeats as their 2-0 home loss to Benevento was followed by a 4-1 defeat away at Juventus last weekend.

Dutch wing-back Marvin Zeegelaar scored his first goal since January 2016 in added time, before Paolo Dybala added a fourth for Juve, confirming a comfortable victory for the Italian champions.

Defeat in Turin was Udinese's seventh of the season in Serie A, which has seen them drop to 14th in the table, just four points above the relegation zone.

Manager Luca Gotti has seen his side struggle to score goals this campaign, with I Bianconeri scoring just 15 times so far – only Parma have scored fewer with 13.

Gotti is hoping that his attacking players can find their form in front of goal before they get dragged into a relegation battle.

Victory on Wednesday would be Udinese's fifth of the campaign and could move them as high as 10th in the table.

Bologna Serie A form: LLDDDD

Udinese Serie A form: WWDDLL

Team News

Bologna's Gary Medel (calf), Nicola Sansone (groin), Federico Santander (knee) and Ibrahima Mbaye (bicep) are all unavailable with injuries.

Goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski also remains out with a fractured hand, which will likely see Angelo da Costa remain in goal.

Scotsman Aaron Hickey could return to the starting lineup and replace left-back Mitchell Dijks, while midfielder Mattias Svanberg could be recalled, with Nicolas Dominguez dropping to the bench.

Udinese centre-back Rodrigo Becao is back from suspension and is likely to start ahead of Kevin Bonifazi.

Former Watford pair Gerard Deulofeu (ankle) and Stefano Okaka (thigh) both remain out with injuries, while wing-back Thomas Ouwejan could return to the matchday squad after testing negative for coronavirus last week.

Luca Gotti is set to keep misfiring pair Kevin Lasagna and Ignacio Pussetto up front in a 3-5-2 formation.

Bologna possible starting lineup:
Da Costa; De Silvestri, Danilo, Tomiyasu, Hickey; Schouten, Svanberg; Orsolini, Soriano, Barrow; Palacio

Udinese possible starting lineup:
Musso; Becao, De Maio, Samir; Larsen, De Paul, Walace, Pereyra, Zeegelaar; Pussetto, Lasagna

We say: Bologna 1-1 Udinese

Bologna have only failed to score in one of their seven home league matches this campaign, while Udinese have scored 10 times in seven games on the road. A tight encounter is expected on Wednesday afternoon and so a draw could be on the cards.

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