Bologna vs Napoli lineups, 3 predictions – Serie A

Bologna vs Napoli lineups, 3 predictions – Serie A
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Renato Dall'Ara will host Bologna vs Napoli Serie A battle as both teams lock horns for a win on Sunday evening. Kick-off is scheduled at 17:00 BST, 24 September 2023.

Having kicked off their Champions League campaign with a win at Braga, Napoli will resume the defence of their Serie A title once more away at Bologna.

Thiago Motta's men defeated promoted Cagliari just before international football intervened, having understandably picked up only one point from their opening pair of fixtures against Milan and Juventus.

Will the home side pick up their second win of the season or will it be business as usual for Napoli who're looking to close the gap on the league leaders?

Bologna vs Napoli Serie A match
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Bologna vs Napoli probable lineups

Here are our probable lineups for this Serie A clash:

Bologna

Goalkeeper: Lukasz Skorupski
Defenders: Stefan Posch, Sam Beukema, Jhon Lucumi, Victor Kristiansen
Midfielders: Remo Freuler, Nikola Moro, Dan Ndoye, Lewis Ferguson, Jesper Karlsson
Forwards: Joshua Zirkzee

Napoli

Goalkeeper: Alex Meret
Defenders: Mario Rui, Juan Jesus, Leo Ostigard, Giovanni Di Lorenzo
Midfielders: Piotr Zielinski, Stanislav Lobotka, Frank Anguissa
Forwards: Kvicha Kvaratskhelia, Victor Osimhen, Giacomo Raspadori

Bologna vs Napoli confirmed lineups

Bologna

Bologna
4-2-3-1
28
Lukasz Skorupski
pl
3
Stefan Posch
at
31
Sam Beukema
nl
26
Jhon Lucumi
co
15
Victor Kristiansen
dk
8
Remo Freuler
ch
20
Michel Aebischer
ch
11
Dan Ndoye
ch
19
Lewis Ferguson
gb
10
Jesper Karlsson
se
9
Joshua Zirkzee
nl
Substitutes
50
Tito Gasperini
it
16
Tommaso Corazza
it
82
Kacper Urbanski
pl
34
Federico Ravaglia
it
56
Alexis Saelemaekers
be
80
Giovanni Fabbian
it
33
Riccardo Calafiori
it
17
Oussama El Azzouzi
ma
77
Sydney Van Hooijdonk
nl
22
Babis Lykogiannis
gr
29
Lorenzo De Silvestri
it
7
Riccardo Orsolini
it
6
Nikola Moro
hr
14
Kevin Bonifazi
it

Napoli

Napoli
4-3-3

*Lineups will be automatically updated shortly after they're released

Bologna vs Napoli predictions

Napoli have not been at their best so far this season but a victory over Bologna will ease some of the pressure on coach Rudi Garcia who has not proved a particularly popular appointment since Luciano Spalletti left. This is largely due to the couple of recent Serie A setbacks the team has recorded. Here are three predictions for this clash.

Bologna vs Napoli Serie A match
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Prediction 1: Napoli to Win

The Partenopei have won on four of their last seven trips to Stadio Dall'Ara, but after a mixed start to the season they sit just two points clear of their Emilian hosts in the standings. However, Bologna have recently won only one of seven home matches against their Campanian counterparts in the league, and none since May 2019, so precedent is not on their side this weekend. Due to this, we're backing the Victor Osimhen led Napoli attack to overpower the host.

Prediction 2: Both Teams to Score

It's important to point out that this fixture saw both teams scoring in their last two meetings last season. Also, two of four Serie A games for Bologna this season has ended with goals on both sides, while three of four Serie A matches that Napoli have played have ended on similar note. Going by these, we fancy a goal-goal affair here.

Prediction 3: Over 2.5 Total Goals

Napoli have played five games in all competitions this season; four of those games produced at least three goals. While just one of Bologna's Serie A match has seen three goals, it's worthy to note that this fixture last season produced over 2.5 goals in the home and away skirmish. We're fairly confident this will continue this season.

Bologna vs Napoli Head-to-Head

In the head-to-head records, this fixture has taken place 16 times since 2015. Napoli have won 11 times, Bologna have won 3 matches, while 2 matches ended in a draw.

Last five results between them:

Bologna recent form

Since losing their first Serie A game, Thiago Motta's men have gone on to register one win and two draws in the league.

Napoli recent form

Rudi Garcia's side have won two, drawn one and lost one in four Serie A matches this season. They're yet to produce the form of last season, but with Inter Milan emerging with an early lead on the standings, Napoli needs to start winning games in order to defend the Scudetto.

Where to watch Bologna vs Napoli live in Nigeria

The Bologna vs Napoli match will be broadcast live on SuperSport for DSTV and GOTV subscribers in Nigeria.

The match kicks off at 17:00 BST, fans can tune in 30 minutes from the time to catch up with the match build-up analysis and expert opinions from the pundits.

This article was most recently revised and updated 8 months ago

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