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You will start your Serie A campaign at home against a newcomer. Bologna welcome runner-up Salernitana on Sunday to the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara.
Having finished twelfth in a row, the home team are hoping to finish in the first half this season while the Campanians are only aiming to survive.
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Since the re-appointment of Sinisa Mihajlovic In 2019, in Bologna, stability in midfield was regularly achieved, with the Emilian team rarely experiencing relegation problems, but never being seen among the teams for a place in Europe.
Perhaps a club that rose to the top six years ago to boost its ambitions a little this season wanted to add some star qualities to a professional squad over the summer.
Maverick front man Marko Arnautovic was secured after leaving the port of Shanghai and was moving quickly Musa Barrow is now a steadfast Rossoblu player after signing a permanent deal with Atalanta.
Also sports director Walter Sabatini has claimed that the defense attorney in question Takehiro Tomiyasu will stay with the Serie A club despite strong Premier League interest. The 22-year-old Japan international was high in Serie A stats last season for tackles, interceptions and clearances; also won an average of two air duels per game – either on the right side or as a central defender.
Given that Bologna have – so far – kept one of their valuable advantages, Bologna will expect to improve their most recent record in their opening games this weekend – having won only one of their last 11 games on Matchday 1 (losing six) .
In fact, the Mihajlovic men won only one of their last 10 games last season – a 4-1 win against Spezia last April was their last league win – and fell after a spectacular 5-4 home defeat to the second from Coppa Italia . Tier Ternana on Monday.
After a 3-1 deficit at the break, Arnautovic’s debut goal in the second half could not prevent the end in the first round, so that the returning Rossoblu believers can count better against promoted players on Sunday.
After losing her first Serie A game to Bologna in 1948, Salernitana has since been unbeaten against her more famous Emilian counterparts.
This may have a lot to do with the fact that the Salerno side have rarely played in the first division in recent years, but Bologna have failed to win each of the following three duels – only scored one goal and conceded seven; the last was a 4-0 at Stadio Arechi in 1999.
After Salernitana returned to the top division after finishing second at Empoli in Serie B, Salernitana returns to the elite after more than two decades of absence – and represents the humble club’s third leap in Serie A in its 102-year-old Story.
Head coach Fabrizio Castori saw his squad refuse auto-promotion to ambitious Monza and top star Lecce in May and was busy reshaping his squad for a hard-earned jump at the big time.
Former Inter midfielder Joel Obi scored his last first division goal against Bologna in 2018 and made a free transfer from Chievo, while top scorer Gennaro Tutino – on loan from Naples last season – has been replaced by Crotone strikers Simy. The Nigerian frontman has been productive on either side of a barren midseason despite playing for the bottom team in the division and is joining in Federico Bonazzoli (on loan from Sampdoria) in a newly designed storm troop for the Granata.
Bonazzoli made an excellent debut for Salernitana on Monday, scoring two goals as they eliminated Reggina from Coppa Italia. convened a second round meeting with Genoa in December. This was followed by largely positive pre-season preparations – apart from a 3-1 defeat by Aston Villa – so the southern side will have hopes of disrupting Dall’Ara’s chances this weekend.
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Sinisa Mihajlovic appears this season with his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation with the new faces Marko Arnautovic and Kevin Bonifazi drafted for attack and defense.
Behind the former in front, Riccardo Orsolini, Roberto Sorian and Musa Barrow are the most likely supportive triumvirate for Bologna as they look to increase their target rate in 2021-22.
Before the big start on Sunday, Mihajlovic expects to do without Takehiro Tomiyasu. Mitchell Dijks and long-term damage Federico Santander, but has no other significant fitness concerns.
Visitors can wait in the meantime to reveal new signing Simy on attack as Federico Bonazzoli has formed a good partnership Milan Djuric when they won the cup earlier this week and the duo can start again in Bologna.
midfield player Francesco Di Tacchio must serve a suspension and Frederic Veseli has a knee problem so both will be out, but Fabrizio Castori has a full hand to choose from. Therefore Salernitana should line up in a 3-5-2, with a potentially all-African midfield trio consisting of Joel Obi, Mamadou Coulibaly and Lassana Coulibaly.
Well-traveled former Norwegian U21 captain Stefan Strandberg arrived from Russia this summer and is expected to lead the Granata’s three-man defense.
Bologna possible starting line-up:
Skorupski; De Silvestri, Medel, Bonifazi, Hickey; Schouten, Dominguez; Orsolini, Soriano, Barrow; Arnautovic
Salernitana possible starting line-up:
Belec; Gyomber, Strandberg, Jaroszynski; Kechrida, L. Coulibaly, M. Coulibaly, Obi, Ruggeri; Djuric, Bonazzoli
Probability: Bologna 1-1 Salernitana
Bologna proved in the recent Coppa Italia action that they can be vulnerable defensively, so Salernitana will appreciate their chances of finishing with at least one point on Sunday.
Especially if danger man Simy can be used at some point, the away teams should meet at least once, while the hosts have renewed their own firepower and can secure a draw on the first day of the game.
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