19:30 GMT 18 February 2019
The battles at both ends of the table in Serie A are getting more exciting by the weekend as the race for the top four and the fight to avoid relegation are equally close. Roma, involved near the top, face Bologna, who are struggling to main their top-flight status, on Monday night.
In the 20 previous Serie A meetings between the two sides, Bologna have won just two. Although, one of those in the last fixture between the teams as they won 2-0 when they met back in September. Roma have won three of the last four at Stadio Olimpico with two of them being by a margin of three or more goals. There have been under 2.5 goals in each of the last three meetings.
The hosts are unable to move into the top four but they can close the gap between them and AC Milan to just a single point. They are without Cengiz Under, William Bianda and Patrick Schik.
Latest matches: AS Roma
|12.02.2019||UEFA||AS Roma||FC Porto||2:1||W|
|08.02.2019||Seri||AC Chievo Verona||AS Roma||0:3||W|
|03.02.2019||Seri||AS Roma||AC Milan||1:1||D|
|30.01.2019||Copp||AC Fiorentina||AS Roma||7:1||L|
|27.01.2019||Seri||Atalanta Bergamasca||AS Roma||3:3||D|
Three points might be enough to take Bologna out of the bottom three but they will be up against it in Rome. Rodrigo Palacio is suspended while Riccardo Orsolino, Blerim Dzemaili and Geancarlo Gonzalez are all injured.
Latest matches: Bologna FC
|10.02.2019||Seri||Bologna FC||Genoa FC||1:1||D|
|03.02.2019||Seri||Inter Milan||Bologna FC||0:1||W|
|27.01.2019||Seri||Bologna FC||Frosinone Calcio||0:4||L|
|20.01.2019||Seri||Spal 2013||Bologna FC||1:1||D|
|12.01.2019||Copp||Bologna FC||Juventus Turin||0:2||L|
It’s very hard to see past a Roma win on Monday, the question is by how much will they win by. They have a habit of scoring a few when they face Bologna so backing them either with a -2 handicap or to score three or more goals looks good value. For a safer bet, either back them simply to win or to win with a -1 handicap.
18 February 2019 - 19:30 GMT
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