Fiorentina head into Sunday’s Serie A fixture with Bologna looking for the victory which will keep them in the hunt for European qualification.
I Viola currently sit in eighth position in the standings, albeit with a game in hand, while Bologna are in 12th spot having put together a three-match unbeaten run.
After losing Dusan Vlahovic to Juventus, a player who contributed the majority of their goals during the first half of the season, Fiorentina deserve a certain amount of credit for remaining in the top eight.
However, failure to defeat either of Sassuolo or Verona represents a double blow for Vincenzo Italiano and his squad, who must find a way of bouncing back during a testing run of games.
Although a 1-0 success at home to Atalanta BC remains fresh in the memory, a three-match winless streak in all competitions has halted any growing momentum.
That said, Fiorentina remain just four points adrift of fifth-placed Roma with a match in hand, highlighting how victory on Sunday could prove to be a turning point.
Krzysztof Piatek, one of the replacements for Vlahovic, netted again in the draw with Verona, taking his tally to six goals from nine appearances since his January arrival.
Bologna coach Sinisa Mihajlovic on January 17, 2022© Reuters
At one stage, Bologna looked like being rivals to Fiorentina in the race to secure a minimum seventh-placed finish, but they have struggled since the beginning of December.
In claiming five points from their last three fixtures, that represents their best run for over three months, Sinisa Mihajlovic’s side now sitting in 12th spot.
Only collecting a draw at bottom-placed Salernitana could not be perceived to be a good result, although there would have been few complaints with the goalless stalemate with Torino which followed that contest.
I Rossoblu have gone four matches without recording an away win in Serie A, the last triumph on their travels coming at Sassuolo at the end of 2021.