NEWS
Sunday December 22 2013
Line-ups: Bologna-Genoa

It’s likely to be Stefano Pioli’s last game in charge of Bologna as he hosts Genoa in the early kick-off.

The Serie A action begins at 11.30 GMT, click here for a match preview.

Bologna are in crisis, sitting in penultimate place with only 12 points from 16 games and amid reports Coach Pioli will be sacked regardless of today’s result.

Roberto Baggio and former Watford manager Gianfranco Zola are thought to be among the contenders for the job.

Pioli goes into this game without the injured Frederik Sorensen and Niccolo Cherubin, but Alessandro Diamanti is the key creative figure supporting Davide Moscardelli and Jonathan Cristaldo.

Genoa have been transformed since Gian Piero Gasperini took over from Fabio Liverani and hauled them back into mid-table.

Nonetheless, there has been a dip in form lately with only three draws and a defeat in the last four rounds.

It is a very special game for Alberto Gilardino, who returns to face his former club and is partnered by 20-year-old Senegalese forward Moussa Konate.

Thomas Manfredini returns from suspension, but Francesco Lodi, Daniele Portanova and long-term absentee Juraj Kucka miss out.

Bologna: Curci; Garics, Natali, Mantovani; Kone, Perez, Krhin, Morleo; Diamanti; Moscardelli, Cristaldo
Bologna bench: Agliardi, Stojanovic, Antonsson, Cech, Crespo, Radakovic, Della Rocca, Laxalt, Pazienza, Acquafresca, Bianchi, Christodoulopoulos.

Genoa: Perin; Antonini, Gamberini, Manfredini; Vrsaljko, Biondini, Matuzalem, Bertolacci, Antonelli; Konate, Gilardino
Genoa bench: Bizzarri, Donnarumma, De Maio, Marchese, Calaiò, Fetfatzidis, Cofie, Centurion, Sampirisi, Santana, Stoian, Sturaro

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