Our match prediction:
The weekend’s defeat to Inter Milan has clearly ended Napoli’s title hopes, although we have to be fair and admit they did well to be in such a position in the first place. The Azzurri succumbed to a 2-0 loss at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, as top scorer Gonzalo Higuain was again sorely missed, and that could continue to be the case against Bologna as he serves the final match of a three-game ban. Even so, Napoli can be predicted to pile more misery on Felsinei, who have now failed to record a win in their last eight Serie A fixtures. After impressing in the first part of the season, Bologna have largely struggled of late, and even though they should not be in danger of getting relegated, they will be looking to show some improvement at Stadio San Paolo. It is important to note that the visitors, who only scored two goals in last eight, will be missing key attacker Mattia Destro and few more quality players.
Highligted Player (Mertens):
Dries Mertens is a Belgian football player born on the 6th of May 1987 in Leuven. Mertens started his football career in the youth of RSC Anderlecht and AA Gent. In season 2005/2006 he made his debut for the first team of AA Gent. After playing for AGOVV, FC Utrecht and PSV Mertens got transferred to Napoli for approximately 9.5 million euro. Mertens made his debut for the Belgian national team in October 2010 and played over 40 games for the national team already. Mertens played during World Cup 2014 and EURO 2016 for Belgium.Mertens is a right attacking midfielder, which can play as a forward as well. Mertens is known for being a very small fast player, which has the ability to get past several defenders and deliver a cross to his team mates. In his career Mertens didn’t win any big prizes yet. The biggest achievements of Mertens are winning the Dutch national cup with PSV in 2011/2012, the Coppa Italia and the Supercoppa in 2014 with Napoli.
Highlighted Team (Bologna):
Bologna FC 1909 is an Italian football club founde din 1909 and playing in the Serie A. The club hosts it’s games in the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara which holds a capacity of 40500 seats. The stadium is named after their former chairman. The club plays it’s home games in theStadio Renato Dall’Ara since 1927. The club colours of Bologna are blue and red and is one of the most succesfull football clubs in Italy winning the Serie A 7times and the Coppa Italia 2 times in the clubs history. Lately Bologna is not performing like their glory times anymore. The club is often relegated to the Serie B but manages to get back to the Serie A on and off. Another important person in the club is Joey Saputo, Canadian but with Italian roots, which is owner of Bologna. Well known football players that wore the blue red colours of Bologna in their career are: Falcone, Dokovic, Nakata, Gillet, Pagliuca, Vieri and Zagorakis