01 May 2019
3 min read
These sides right now are polar opposites. Milan are really struggling to find any form and their top four finish is no longer in their own hands. This summer could see some big changes at the San Siro with Maurizio Sarri already muted as a potential successor to Genaro Gattuso while Mihajlovic’s side are completely rejuvenated. With this in mind, backing Bologna to win at odds of 5.45 is great value and well worth a punt.
The death of a dynasty
Looking back into the not so distant past most people will remember the great Milan sides of the 1990s and noughties. They were formidable and had some of the world’s greatest players.
Their decline mirrors that of Italian football as a whole with sides struggling to attract the talent from abroad that was once queueing the length of the peninsula to play in Serie A.
AC Milan remain an attractive prospect not only for players looking to make a name for themselves but also for investors hoping to be the ones to rejuvenate a giant. Since Berlusconi ended his involvement with the Rossoneri there has been a lack of leadership at the highest level and this will need to change before success can be transmitted to the pitch.
This season’s hope of a top four finish and a financially lucrative Champions League place look slim following their defeat to Torino last Sunday and with Roma in the driving seat and Atalanta also playing well the Rossoneri will do well to stay in any sort of European contention.
Sinisa Mihajlovic bringing Bologna back to life
Bologna are a club steeped in a proud history. It may not be as illustrious as AC Milan’s but they were, at one stage, one of Italy’s top sides.
Joey Saputo had big plans for the club when he became their owner but this season has been a real struggle. The club were looking doomed after winning just three of their first 26 games under the management of Filippo Inzaghi but enter Sinisa Mihajlovic.
The former defender has, surprisingly, got the Rossoblu playing a far more attacking brand of football that has seen them reap the rewards.
The Serbian coach is taking charge of Bologna for the second time having previously been sacked back in 2009 but he has made an excellent start upon his return.
He beat Inter at the San Siro in his first game and has now won six of the last eight games to move Bologna eight points clear of the drop zone with four games remaining.
Suso is Milan’s most creative player but his inconsistent performances have been a frustration to fans in the recent slump.
For Bologna Riccardo Orsolini has created 24 chances for his side this season, more than any of his team mates while Erik Pulgar has hit a scoring run of six goals since the beginning of March that has only been bettered by the likes of Lionel Messi in that time.
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