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AS Roma v Bologna: Match Preview, Team News, Predicted XI | Serie A 2018-19

Varun Nair
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2.17K   //    18 Feb 2019, 11:20 IST

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The battle for the last Champions League spot is heating up as AS Roma host relegation-threatened Bologna at the Stadio Olimpico in a crucial match for both the teams.

With the fourth-placed AC Milan winning, and Lazio and Atalanta losing their respective matches, the Giallorossi has a fantastic chance of reducing their gap to the Rossoneri to just a single point. Eusebio de Francesco and his men have turned their fortunes around after suffering a 7-1 drubbing against La Viola a couple of weeks back. The Giallorossi are unbeaten in their last 6 league matches.

Three points separate the Rossoblu from safety with the relegation-threatened side on 18 points from their 23 matches. Mihajlovic and his men will need to find some results if they are to survive in the league this season. The Rossoblu have 4 points from their last 2 matches with their victory coming against the mighty Inter Milan.

The first encounter between the sides ended with Bologna winning 2-0 at their home.


Team News

AS Roma

The winger remains doubtful for the fixture
The winger remains doubtful for the fixture

The Giallorossi will be without injured striker Patrick Schick while Cengiz Under and Rick Karsdrop are nearing full fitness.

Stephan El Shaarawy is also doubtful for the fixture after the winger took a blow to his hip during training. Club captain Daniel De Rossi is expected to partner Steven N'Zonzi in the midfield.

Bologna

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Rodrigo Palacio remains the only major absentee in the Rossoblu team after the veteran Argentine striker was ruled out due to suspension.


Probable Lineup

AS Roma (4-3-3): Olsen; Florenzi, Marcano, Manolas, Kolarov; De Rossi, N'Zonzi, Cristante; Zaniolo, Dzeko, Kluivert

Bologna (4-4-1-1): Skorupski; M'Baye, Gonzalez, Danilo, Mattiello; Poli, Pulgar, Soriano, Krejci; Destro, Santander

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