Undefeated leaders, Napoli host Bologna, ninth in Serie A, to outrun AC Milan, who caught up with them thanks to a draw conceded last Sunday against AS Roma (0-0). This match therefore seems the perfect opportunity to move forward, Bologna appearing to be easy prey: with only one victory over the last 5 games and a defense having already conceded 19 goals in 9 games, Sinisa Mihajlovic’s players will know- they resist the Neapolitan assaults? Follow this Serie A meeting this Thursday, October 28 at 8:45 pm.

After an impeccable start to the season, with 8 wins in 8 games, Napoli suffered a slight drag against AS Roma (0-0) and will want to start again against Bologna. Thanks to a solid attack, with 19 goals scored since the start of the championship, and above all to an intractable defense, which conceded only 3 goals in 9 days, Naples occupies the 1st place in the standings, tied with AC Milan and with already 7 points ahead of 3rd, Inter.

A victory against Bologna would therefore restore this dynamic of victories and playing in front of their home crowd is a real advantage: Napoli have lost only one game since the beginning of September and a friendly match against Benevento (1-5). Winning this meeting therefore seems quite within the reach of the players coached by Luciano Spalletti.

On the side of Bologna, this Serie A season seems much more complicated. With only 12 points in 9 games, the Emilia-Romagna club have still not won 2 games in a row this season and cannot shake off their irregularity, despite an effective attack, with 15 goals. scored since the start of Serie A. Defense seems to be the main culprit of this poor dynamic: with an average of 2.1 goals conceded per game, Bologna is unable to take off and has experienced heavy defeats, especially against the ‘Inter Milan (6-1) or AC Milan (2-4) last week.

To compete against Napoli, it will therefore be necessary to resolve these defensive issues as quickly as possible and focus on the strengths of the team, although there seems to be a division between the two teams since the start of the championship.

Napoli will be deprived of several defensive elements on Thursday: defenders Giovanni Di Lorenzo, injured in the knee, Konstantinos Manolas, who suffered a muscle injury, and Kevin Malcuit, absent for the same reason, should miss this meeting. Midfielder Adam Ounas is also uncertain for this game after also suffering from a muscle injury at the start of the season. Luciano Spalletti should be able to count on the usual backbone, however, and will undoubtedly field a line-up close to the one who played against AS Roma this weekend.

Sinisa Mihajlovic’s side suffered against AC Milan last weekend and saw two of their players, Adam Soumaoro and Roberto Soriano, get a red card, confirming bad discipline in Bologna. They will be absent this Thursday, joining the other players unavailable, namely the midfielder Kingsley Michael, injured in the back, and the defender Kevin Bonifazi, affected in the calf and who should miss this meeting. The Serbian coach will therefore have to rethink his lineup to face Napoli.

Naples is logically favorite against a reduced Bologna team and in a bad patch. With the pressure put on him by AC Milan, Napoli will want to advance and should not spare the team coached by Sinisa Mihajlovic, especially given his defensive largesse.

The top scorers for their respective clubs this season, both players seem to be in good shape and it seems entirely possible that one of them, or both, will score a goal in this meeting. A goal from Osimhen seems almost logical given Bologna’s defensive difficulties since the start of the season.

After their draw last week against AS Roma, one could expect a game hooked for Napoli, even if their final victory does not seem to be in doubt. A draw at half-time thus seems quite logical, Bologna having shown during this season that they are a tough team, although the result is rarely in their favor.

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