Prediction: Bologna vs. Napoli – Serie A – 24th September 2023

Bologna and Napoli, two football giants, are set to lock horns in an intriguing Serie A clash on Sunday evening. Taking place at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara, this match is crucial for Napoli to stay within reach of early league leaders, Inter. With recent form reflecting some vulnerabilities for Napoli and Bologna showing commendable defensive prowess, this promises to be an absorbing contest.


Bologna: The Rossoblu, under Thiago Motta, have proven to be a tough side to beat in the early stages of the season. They kicked off with a disappointing 2-0 loss to Milan but swiftly adjusted their bearings, going undefeated in the next three Serie A matches. Their recent performance against Hellas Verona showcased a well-structured defence, something that Napoli will have to be wary of. Historically, Bologna hasn’t had the upper hand when facing Napoli at home, but they will take confidence from their spirited comeback in their last encounter, which ended in a 2-2 draw. Key player Joshua Zirkzee, with a knack for scoring against Napoli, will be a man to watch.

Napoli: The champions started their title defence positively with back-to-back wins. However, recent fixtures have shown signs of strain, as they went winless in the following two Serie A matches. Their recent Champions League victory over Sporting Braga, albeit unconvincing, might give them a slight morale boost. Victor Osimhen, the star striker, hasn’t been in his best form, going goalless in his last three outings. However, with an impressive scoring record against Bologna, Napoli fans will be hoping this is the fixture he finds his rhythm in.

Prediction: Given the recent forms and historical data, this fixture could be tighter than expected. Napoli’s offensive prowess, led by Osimhen, against Bologna’s burgeoning defence presents an intriguing tactical battle. However, Napoli’s need to close the gap with Inter might give them the extra edge in terms of motivation. predicts: Bologna 1-2 Napoli. This prediction is based on Napoli’s overall stronger side and the urgency to secure three points to chase league leaders, Inter, whereas Bologna will put up a hard fight but may come up short against the reigning champions.