These Bologna vs. Lecce predictions have two evenly matched sides facing off at the Stadio Renato dell’Ara. Thiago Motta is yet to win a match with his new side but have lost just one of their last six clashes with the Salentini.
Bologna vs. Lecce odds
1 – A draw at full-time – 12/5
2 – Both teams to score – 10/11
3 – Over 2.5 goals scored – 19/17
4 – Bologna to win 3-2 – 33/1
5 – Bologna to win by one goal – 12/4
Two Serie A strugglers face off on Sunday afternoon, as Lecce travel to face Bologna. Both teams have been in miserable form in recent weeks and sit just above the bottom three, with the match at the Renato dell’Ara a potential relegation six-pointer.
Since taking over from Sinisa Mihajlovic, Thiago Motta has faced very similar struggles to his predecessor. Admittedly, Bologna have had a recent run that included Juventus and Napoli in the last three games, but defensive frailties have also shown up against the likes of Sampdoria and Empoli.
Motta will be hoping that their opponents, who have one of the worst attacking records in Serie A, will provide the chance for only a second win of the season. Even so, we predict that there may not be anything to separate the two teams this weekend.
Even in the event that the match ends all square, that is not to say that the match will not be entertaining. Bologna showed in their defeat to Napoli that they are more than happy to go down swinging, scoring twice against one of Serie A’s strongest back lines.
Likewise, Lecce may not be firing on all cylinders, but have seen two or more goals scored in all of their last four games. On Sunday a punt on both teams to score, or perhaps on over 2.5 goals scored, could well pay off.
A high scoring game is certainly backed by previous meetings between the sides, with 10 goals scored across both matches when the sides last met in the 2019-20 season. Strangely, both games finished 3-2 to Bologna with good odds on the same scoreline on Sunday.
Less stats-based punters may look to follow the trend, with a bet on the hosts to win by a one-goal margin.
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Bologna vs. Lecce last five matches
Bologna last five matches
Lecce last five matches
Bologna top goalscorers
Lecce top goalscorers
Bologna vs. Lecce line-ups
Bologna (4-2-3-1) Skorupski; Posch, Bonifazi, Lucumi, Cambiaso; Medel, Ferguson; Barrow, Dominguez, Aebischer; Zirkzee
Lecce (4-3-3) Falcone; Gendry, Baschirotto, Umtiti, Gallo; Bistrovic, Blin, Gonzalez; Banda, Ceesay, Strefezza
Bologna team news
Marko Arnautovic is likely to be out until November for Thiago Motta’s side, with Joshua Zirkzee deputising in the meantime. Few changes are expected from the hosts who impressed against Napoli last weekend – but they will be missing Jerdy Schouten and Denso Kasius.
Lecce team news
Morten Hjulmand should be able to return having served his red card suspension and may slot straight back into the Lecce midfield for Sunday’s game for Thorir Helgason. Marco Baroni is unlikely to make too many changes following Monday’s match against Fiorentina, with Kristoffer Askildsen the only injury doubt.