Bologna will be looking to maintain their home dominance in 2024 when they host Genoa on Friday night, having lost just once at home in Serie A since the end of February (9 wins, 6 draws). The home record this season is only bettered by the top two teams in Serie A, and the players will be targeting their seventh consecutive home league win, as well as a fifth straight clean sheet in front of their own fans.
They will need to bounce back from a heavy 3-0 defeat to Udinese in their last outing, but if the Rossoblu can maintain their form from the first 18 rounds of the season in the second half of the campaign, a top-five finish is certainly a possibility. Such a result has not been achieved since the 1970/71 campaign, while a return to European competition after 22 years is also a realistic target for Thiago Motta’s side!
Starting the new year in 12th place and with six points above the relegation zone, it is fair to say that Genoa, who were promoted this season, will be content to simply maintain their Serie A status this year. That looks entirely achievable for the Grifoni, who ended 2023 with an impressive run of three matches unbeaten, even picking up a point at home to both the top two teams and winning away at Sassuolo, a side fighting for survival.
The win at Sassuolo was only Genoa’s second away from home this season (1 draw, 6 defeats) and their second in 26 away matches in Serie A! But while the players have struggled away from home this season and in their previous season at this level, they do have an impressive record on the pitch at Bologna. Genoa have lost just one of their last six matches played here (3 wins, 2 draws).
Key battle: Bologna goalkeeper Łukasz Skorupski is targeting a fourth consecutive clean sheet at home with this match. Albert Guðmundsson, who ended 2023 in excellent form with two goals and two assists in his last three matches, will be hoping to end that run.
Hot stat: Of Bologna’s last 38 home matches in Serie A, only one has seen four goals scored in the same match.
Prediction: Bologna 2-0 Genoa