Bologna vs Milan
|Date & Time||Wednesday January 6, 2016, 9:00 AM (EST)|
The Line: Milan 1/2 Draw 3/1 Bologna 13/2
A must win game for Milan as they chase the top three and Champions League football but they face a tough Bologna team who have won three of their last five away games. Milan under Mijhalovich have been better than last season but still a little bit disappointing. Carlos Bacca and Luiz Adriano have both been good buys with both scoring goals and providing plenty of attacking impetus up front. The loss of Jeremy Mendes before the season started was a huge blow as Mendes was Milan's best player by far last season and the team was being built around his talent. Niang, Honda and Balotelli provide some attacking cover but Honda is the only consistant player among that three. Milan are doing what they are supposed to though in their rebuilding phase they have generally this season beaten the teams lower down the league table and lost to the teams above them. This wont be good enough to get them into the top three but there is signs of improvement the question is will Mijhalovich be given the time to complete his work at the San Siro?
Bologna have had just as strange as season as Milan beating Napoli, drawing with Roma and then losing to Palermo at home. It's one of those questions which Bologna will show up on the day. With Destro, Giacherinni, Mounier they have some talent in their squad and players capable of scoring but Destro misses too many chances and this is why he is playing with Bologna. In fact Bologna's fate could very well lie with the talents of Destro, when he is on they can win games when he is not they are likely to spurn opportunities as he continues to get in the right position but fails to deliver far too often.
While taking Milan straight up definitely is worth considering here I am going to take both teams to score. Milan have been a little fragile at the back and have conceded in eight of their last ten home games while Bologna have managed to find the net in four of their last five away games including a trip to Juventus. This one could be a good game, I'm unsure of whether to trust Milan yet but they have shown signs of improvement and the Adriano/Bacca partnership definitely looks like one that will prove to be profitable in the future. Bologna though wont lie down and roll over and I have a feeling Destro will be really up for it against the team he spent six months with last season.