Analysis & Predictions: Bologna vs Milan 8/21/2023

Analysis & Predictions: Bologna vs Milan 8/21/2023

August 17, 2023


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Bologna ended last season in a respectable middle-of-the-pack position, never seriously challenging for a European berth. After a rough start, Thiago Motta righted the ship and made his team a formidable foe. Let’s see if Rossoblu can make a run at a spot in Europe’s elite competition. Unfortunately, most of the summer’s transfer action has been away from the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara.


Milan is serious about winning back the Scudetto they lost to Napoli last year, therefore they’ve spent accordingly. The summer has seen some intriguing additions to the San Siro roster, despite the risky departures of Paulo Maldini and Ricky Massara.


Christian Pulisic is a player who may find a new lease on life in Milan. The American midfielder pounced on the opportunity to leave Chelsea, and he may get off to a great start in Serie A with a goal on Monday. The game in Bologna should still be close, but Stefano Pioli has intriguing alternatives for his starting lineup, so the Rossoneri may bring three points back to Milan on Monday night.



Even though Thiago Motta didn’t add many new players during the summer, two of them could see action Saturday night when they face Milan. The Dutch defender Sam Beukema might make an appearance in the back line, while the Serbian striker Nikola Moro could contribute up forward. Marko Arnautovi seems to be on his way to Inter, so unless Motta can sign anyone else before Monday, he may have to go with Joshua Zirkzee.


Stefano Pioli can start the highly regarded Mike Maignan in goal in front of a very familiar back four. He still needs to sort out his starting lineup without Sandro Tonali, who has moved to English Premier League club Newcastle. However, Christian Pulisic is looking forward to putting his skills to the test in Serie A, where he will be joining Oliver Giroud and Rafael Leo in a potent looking attacking trio.


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Bologna vs Milan Game Information


  • Date: 08/21/2023
  • Time: 02:45 PM ET
  • Location: Stadio Renato Dall’Ara (Bologna).
  • How to Watch Bologna vs Milan: ESPN+
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