Bologna v Sampdoria - Wednesday 17:30, BT Sport Europe
Bologna were dominated by Napoli on the weekend but they return to the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara looking for their third straight home win this season. However, their victories did both come against promoted sides and if you look back to last season they were just W4-D1-L4 against bottom-half clubs.
After back-to-back wins it’s now been two defeats in a row for Sampdoria as their promising start to the season was halted by losses to Roma and Milan. Their performances though, in both, were encouraging as it was only late goals that prevented them from picking up points.
Their opening day victory at Empoli was just their third win on the road since the start of 2015/16, when they had a poor W2-D0-L7 record against bottom-half sides. However, their showing so far this term would suggest they’ll improve on this and get back to a similar level as in 2014/15 when they went W4-D5-L1 when travelling to the same opposition type.
Forward Mattia Destro was a notable absence on the weekend for Bologna and remains a doubt. Since the start of last season they’ve lost 10 of the 14 games he’s missed compared to 10/28 he’s started, while their average goals scored drops from 1.2 to just 0.4 in his absence. Indeed, they’ve failed to net in four of the five home matches he missed in that time and as a result we fancy an away win to nil.