Bologna endured a poor start to this season with two consecutive defeats, but showed great resolve to fight back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 away to Roma last weekend. They will be hoping for another victory at home to newly-promoted Pescara on Sunday (2pm BST, Sept 23).
Adjusting to the departure of Gaston Ramirez and with new striker Alberto Gilardino in the process of regaining full fitness, it is little wonder Bologna failed to fire offensively in their opening two matches, scoring just once. Gilardino’s full debut coincided with the comeback win over Roma, a match in which Italian international Alessandro Diamanti also impressed.
If those two click – and there were signs of a promising partnership emerging against Roma – Bologna have a great chance of securing a second win of the campaign against a Pescara team who have conceded three goals in each of their matches so far.
Promoted as Serie B champions, Pescara lost a number of key personnel over the summer, including coach Zdenek Zeman, midfielder Marco Veratti and forwards Lorenzo Insigne and Ciro Immobile. New coach Giovanni Stroppa is inexperienced at the top level and has thus far been unable to find a winning formula.
His side have been lapse in defence and blunt in attack, scoring just twice in their three matches to date – both coming against fellow newly-promoted side Sampdoria.