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Serie A Week 4 - 24/9/08 (19.30 UK)
Bologna - Udinese
Stadio Dall'Ara

Bologna are in need of a triumph to end a two-game winless streak, but face an Udinese side looking to bag their first away victory of the season. The Rossoblu have to fight against relegation while the Bianconeri are targeting a UEFA spot.

Week 3 was unlucky for the Rossoblu who were defeated by Fiorentina. The Emiliani performed well but lacked power in attack. “We had a good game so we can be hopeful for this clash. Against Fiorentina we only needed a goal and a bit of good luck,” said full-back Massimo Bombardini.

Meanwhile, Udinese were held at 0-0 by Napoli and perhaps should have done more to secure the three points. The Azzurri were left with 10 men but the Friulani failed to take advantage of it. Now this tie at the Stadio Dall’Ara could be tricky for them. “Bologna will be bitter after their defeat against La Viola,” claimed defender Maurizio Domizzi. “They will try and control the game so we will have to be clever and hit them on the break.”

Emiliani boss Daniele Arrigoni could line up a different formation against the Zebrette. Marcello Castellini should be replaced by Miguel Britos, while Vangelis Moras is out for this game.

Arrigoni may also opt for a 4-2-3-1 formation which means Massimo Marazzina and Marco Bernacci should sit on the bench. Brazilian striker Adailton has fully adapted to the right winger position and should start.

There will be several new faces in the Bianconeri starting XI too as Coach Pasquale Marino is looking to rest few regulars. Giovanni Pasquale and Damiano Ferronetti could be preferred to Maurizio Domizzi and Marco Motta. Damien Tissone will take the place of Gaetano D’Agostino who looked tired against Napoli.

But the biggest news will be up front where Marino is planning to leave out Fabio Quagliarella and Totò Di Natale. The trident formed by Alexis Sanchez, Simone Pepe and Antonio Floro Flores, which hammered Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Cup, could start.

The last time that the two sides faced each other, back in 2005, saw the Zebrette come out winners in a tight game which ended 1-0 in their favour.

Keep an eye on: Alexis Sanchez (Udinese) – The Chilean starlet, who led River Plate to the title last year, has already collected some glittering displays in Friuli. Udinese may have the new Di Natale on the launch ramp.

Last season: Not played

Form guide: Bologna (W L L - -) Udinese (W L D - -)
Bologna (probable): Antonioli; C.Zenoni, Terzi, Britos, Bombardini; Mudingayi, Volpi; Adailton, Amoroso, Valiani; Di Vaio

Udinese (probable): Handanovic; Ferronetti, Lukovic, Coda, Pasquale; Inler, Tissone, Isla; Pepe, Floro Flores, A.Sanchez

Ref: To follow…

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