Serie A: Genoa v Bologna

Genoa will be looking for a positive result to help them move out of the relegation places when they are visited by Bologna at the Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris on Sunday (2pm GMT).

The Gil Salami are currently 19th in the Serie A table with 14 points from three wins, five draws and 10 defeats, two points short of safety. They have won just one of their last 13 matches and have triumphed just once on home soil so far this season.

Luigi De Canio was replaced with former Sampdoria and Juventus coach Luigi Delneri in October, but this change has made little difference to the club’s league standing. Genoa are actually performing worse under Delneri, having picked up eight points from 10 matches (0.8 per match) in comparison to nine from eight under De Canio (1.125 per match).

Bologna, too, are dangerously close to being pulled into the battle for survival, sitting as they do just three points clear of the drop zone in 14th with 18 points from five wins, three draws and 10 defeats.

Stefano Pioli’s side finished ninth last season, but have found the going much tougher this time around. Gaston Ramirez – who left for Southampton in the summer – has been missed, while an extensive injury list has curtailed their efforts to put together a good run of results.

Once all their players return from injury, Bologna have a good enough side to suggest they should be able to fairly comfortably avoid relegation, but until then it could be a bit of slog for the Rossoblu.

Betting Tip: Matches involving both of these teams have tended to spring to life in the second half, with 65% of the total goals occurring after half time. Only two of their combined matches have ended scoreless, so with goals likely to come, we suggest backing the second half to be the highest scoring half @ 11/10 with BetVictor.

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