Bologna are a side struggling in 17th place in the Serie A table with just one win from their last 10 games, but are not without dangers that could harm the Bianconeri at Juventus Stadium tomorrow evening.
The Rossoblu’s principal threats are headers and penalties, with five goals coming from each avenue, but overall their attack has been the second least prolific in Serie A, producing just 27 goals compared to the Bianconeri’s tally of 71.
Despite embarking on a new adventure in China midway through the season, Alessandro Diamanti remains the Rossoblu’s top overall goalscorer with six goals.
The players most likely to overtake the now Guangzhou Evergrande man are Panagiotis Kone (on five), Jonathan Cristaldo (four) and Rolando Bianchi (three).
Stepping into Diamanti’s attacking midfield shoes since the Italian’s departure has been Lazaros Christodoulopoulos. The Greek has put his stamp on three of the last five goals, with two converted penalties and an assist.
At the other end, they have conceded 10 in the opening 15 minutes of Serie A games and 13 in the final 15 - no other side has shipped so many in both periods.
In Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Parma, Davide Ballardini lined his men up in a 3-5-1-1 formation, which developed over the course of the game into more of a 3-5-2 with Cristaldo dropping back to the same position as Kone.
Bologna started the 2-2 draw away at Inter the week before with the same set-up, but the defence evolved into more of a bank of four and Cristaldo went on to take up a more advanced position on the left wing.