La Viola are currently in 14th place having earned a shock 3-0 win over Juventus before Christmas, while I Rossoblu are a point better off in 13th.
It was even more remarkable as it brought to an end an eight-game winless run for La Viola, who before the match had not won in the league or even kept a clean sheet under Cesare Prandelli who replaced Giuseppe Iachini as manager at the start of November.
Prandelli, in his second spell in charge, will hope that the victory gives his side the confidence to kick on and move further up the table, as they are still only four points above the relegation zone.
Fiorentina have drawn 1-1 in each of their last three games at Stadio Artemio Franchi as they have struggled to find a cutting edge – only Udinese and Parma have scored fewer goals at home this season.
However they did win this fixture 4-0 last season and are unbeaten in their last 12 games against Bologna, who have not won in Florence since 2010.
I Rossoblu’s away record this season is poor too, as they have won just one of seven games and only Crotone have picked up fewer points on their travels.
Sinisa Mihajlovic‘s side came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at home against Atalanta in their last match, as defensive pair Takehiro Tomiyasu and Nehuen Paz scored in the final 20 minutes to earn a point.
It was their third successive draw and fifth game in a row without a win, meaning defeat on Sunday could leave them looking nervously over their shoulders at the teams below them.
While scoring goals is not a particular problem for Bologna as they have netted in 10 of their last 11 games, their defensive record must improve – one clean sheet all season is the joint-lowest number in Serie A.
Fiorentina Serie A form: LDLDDW
Bologna Serie A form: WLLDDD
Bologna winger Riccardo Orsolini made his return from injury as a substitute against Atalanta and grabbed an assist, so is likely to start.
Lorenzo De Silvestri‘s return to fitness could lead to a shake-up in defence, with the 32-year-old slotting in at right-back, moving Takehiro Tomiyasu to the centre and dropping Gary Medel to the bench.
Fiorentina possible starting lineup:
Dragowski; Milenkovic, Pezzella, Igor; Caceres, Amrabat, Bonaventura, Castrovilli, Barreca; Vlahovic, Ribery
Bologna possible starting lineup:
Da Costa; De Silvestri, Danilo, Tomiyasu, Hickey; Schouten, Svanberg; Orsolini, Soriano, Barrow; Palacio
We say: Fiorentina 2-1 Bologna
Fiorentina will take great confidence from their victory over Juventus and will feel they can make it two wins in a row against a defensively vulnerable Bologna side who are out of form and struggle to take control of games.
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