AC Milan vs Bologna match preview

Milan’s depth was truly tested midweek with an away trip to Porto, and the team was unable to repeat the heroics of last league match day against Verona. A bare squad, a tired squad and a beaten squad on Wednesday, Milan now must regroup and recover ahead of a difficult away trip to the Renato Dall’Ara Stadium.

This will be no easy trip for us, with Bologna being in fine form. Unbeaten in their last 4 home matches since a shock loss to Serie B side Ternana in mid August, the Rosso Blu will be looking to build on the 3-0 win they had over Lazio last time at home. Musa Barrow and Marko Arnautovic have been hitting their strides, netting 3 times each in the league, whilst Musa Barrow has also provided 3 assists in the league. A dangerous pair that will no doubt give the Milan defence problems. Despite the positives, Bologna have suffered 2 heavy defeats this season, first at the hands of Inter away, 6-1 and then to Empoli away, 4-2. Bologna have conceded 13 goals in their last 5 games, at an average of over 2.5 goals per game whilst netting 9 goals in that same period, an average of just under 2 goals a game. On stats alone, Bologna will be looking to improve on a shaky defence, whilst continuing to find the goal.

Milan will try and maintain our undefeated start to the season in testing conditions. The team is still without starting 11 players Brahim Diaz and Theo Hernandez, who are out with Covid, whilst Kessie is a big doubt for the match after training alone on Friday. The team will need a lift in performance from the likes of Fode Ballo-Toure and Saelemaekers after some less than impressive performances from the pair. Castillejo is edging towards a potential starting 11 place after his heroics against Verona helped salvage all 3 points. The emotion clear post match as footage emerged of him crying on pitch after the 3-2 result. Could Castillejo prove the be a phoenix rising from the ashes?

With Inter playing Juventus and Roma playing Napoli, a win could see us jump top of the Serie A and extend our gap to Juventus to 11 points. At such an early stage in the season this is a big round for the team. Can the understrength Milan rally for another victory, or will Bologna continue to find home form and deal Milan its first real blow of the Serie A season?

As always, Forza Milan!!!