25.09.2018 14:00 - in: Serie A S

      Juventus vs Bologna: Match preview

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      After a 0-2 win away at Frosinone on Sunday, the Bianconeri must quickly turn the page to Bologna at the Allianz on Wednesday night


      Juventus continued their great start to the season with a 0-2 win against Frosinone on Sunday night to make it five Serie A wins from five.

      The home side frustrated the Old Lady for large spells, making it difficult for Juve to break them down and find a way past their defence, eventually though the pressure told and the Bianconeri found the breakthrough almost 10 minutes from time. Miralem Pjanic received the ball in space out wide on the left-hand side of the Frosinone box and his ball in eventually found its way to the feet of Cristiano Ronaldo, who made no mistake from close range to fire Juve in front. Ronaldo was then involved once more in stoppage time as he led a breakaway from the Bianconeri’s box, with the ball finding its way to second half substitute, Federico Bernardeschi via Pjanic. The Juve number 33 took two touches before slotting home past Marco Sportiello in the Frosinone goal to secure a 0-2 victory.


      After four games without a win and no goals, Bologna finally got their season up and running at the weekend when they beat Roma 2-0 at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara. Former Bianconero, Federico Matiello put the home side ahead after 36 minutes, scoring the first-ever goal of his professional career in the process. Bologna made the result safe in the second half when summer signing, Federico Santander made it two on 59 minutes.

      It’s been a summer of change in Bologna, with former Juventus and Milan striker, Filippo Inzaghi replacing Roberto Donadoni on the bench. Whilst the club signed a mixture of young and experienced players in the summer, including Danilo from Udinese, Lukasz Skorupski from Roma and Diego Falcinelli from Sassuolo amongst others. At the other end, the club oversaw high-profile departures in the form of Simone Verdi, Antonio Mirante and Adam Masina to Napoli, Roma and Watford respectively.


      La Vecchia Signora last locked horns with the Rossoblu in their penultimate home game last season, coming out on top 3-1. Bologna went into half-time in Turin with a shock 1-0 lead, as a penalty from Verdi saw the Bianconeri trail at the break.

      However, it wasn’t long until Juve got themselves back in front as a ball into the box forced a Sebastien De Maio own-goal on 52 minutes. Sami Khedira gave Juve the lead just over 10 minutes later, as he tapped home Douglas Costa’s cross from the left, before Paulo Dybala made it 3-1, finishing from close range once more from a Costa cross.


      • In 142 Serie A games against Bologna, Juve have won 71 times with 48 draws and 23 defeats.
      • Juventus have won nine out of the last 10 against the Rossoblu, keeping a cleansheet on six occasions.
      • This is only the fifth time since 1929/30 that the Bianconeri have won their six opening games in all competitions. 
      • Juventus have had the most shots so far with 115, 25 more than any other team.
      • Juve have the best pass completion rate with 89%, whilst Bologna have the worst (74%).
      • The Bianconeri have suffered the least amount of shots on goal (44) since the start of the season.
      • La Vecchia Signora have the scored the most second half Serie A goals (eight).
      • The Old Lady have scored the most goals inside the area to date (10).
      • Cristiano Ronaldo has averaged 8.4 shots per game, the most out of any other player.
      • Massimiliano Allegri is unbeaten against Bologna in Serie A, winning 12 games and drawing four.
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