Bologna play host to AC Milan in a match where both sides will be looking to make amends for the defeats on the opening day of the season.
The Rossoblu largely impressed last season, finishing the league campaign in the top half of the standings and they are now eager to establish themselves as genuine mid table side.
The club chiefs did brilliantly to keep hold of Alessandro Diamanti after the forward dazzled for Italy at the Euro 2012, while adding few more quality players to the ranks.
Cesare Natali, Michele Pazienza, Tiberio Guarente and Marco Motta arrived to add some experience to the side, while talented players Cristian Pasquato and Manolo Gabbiadini also joined the club.
On the other hand, Marco Di Vaio, Gabi Mudingayi and Jean Gillet all left, while Panagiotis Kone returned to Brescia.
That didn’t stop Bologna from losing their opening game to Chievo, but, having had one more week to prepare, the team should look much better against Milan.
Taking that into account, odds of 3.90 (29/10) offered at BetVictor on home win do look tempting.
Daniele Portanova and Diego Perez are both suspended, with Cesare Natali and Marti Riverola missing out through injury.
Playmaker Gaston Ramirez is not in contention as he is expected to complete a switch to Southampton.
Probable starting line-up (3-5-1-1): Curci – Carvalho, Antonsson, Cherubin – Motta, Pulzetti, Taider, Guarente, Morleo – Diamanti – Acquafresca.
AC Milan have been making some surprising moves in the summer transfer window, as a result of which the team look much weaker than last season.
The Rossoneri not only allowed Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva to leave for PSG, but also handed arch rivals Inter Antonio Cassano and another €7 million for Giampaolo Pazzini, which could be characterized as one of the worst deals of the summer.
On top of that, senior players Nesta, Gattuso, Seedorf, Zambrotta and Inzaghi were all released, leaving a huge gap to fill.
In came Ricardo Montolivo, Bakaye Traore, Kevin Constant, Francesco Acerbi, Cristian Zapata and Bojan Krkic, so nobody was surprised to see Milan lose their opening game to Sampdoria.
The Rossoneri are now 2.15 (23/20) with BetVictor to bring all three points from Renato Dall’Ara, but I am not sure they can be trusted to win this match.
Robinho has joined the lengthy injury list that also contains the likes of Pato, Didac Vila, Strasser and Muntari, whereas Ignazio Abate is doubtful with an ankle problem.
Probable starting line-up (4-3-1-2): Abbiati – De Sciglio, Bonera, Yepes, Antonini – Nocerino, Ambrosini, Montolivo – Boateng – Pazzini, El Shaarawy.