Only five points separate eighth-place Udinese and eleventh-place Bologna in the Serie A competition for the top-half finish. Thiago Motta’s Bologna have arrived as a surprise package for the race for the top half finish, and it is one of the clubs that have begun the season impressively. One of the significant reasons behind Bologna’s good start to the season has been their outstanding home form. Bologna have 15 points from their eight home games and are the sixth-best home team in the current Serie A season. Bologna have won four games, lost one, and drawn three at their home stadium, Stadio Renato Dall’Ara, this season. We now see stats showing why Bologna have performed impressively in home games.
In the current Serie A season, Bologna have dominated games at Bologna’s home stadium, Stadio Renato Dall’Ara. Bologna have scored 20 goals and conceded 25 in 15 Serie A games this season. At Stadio Renato Dall’Ara, Bologna scored 12 goals and conceded just six in this season’s eight games. Bologna has a 50% win percentage on the road and a 14% win percentage on the road. The above viz shows the team’s percentile rank in attacking, defensive, and possession stats compared to other teams in the Italian Serie A. It can be observed that Bologna are ranked below average in most of the stats.
Remarkable attacking display
Bologna have scored 20 goals with an average of 1.33 goals per match. The above viz depicts the team’s shot map for the current season. Out of the 20 goals scored by the Bologna side, 12 have come at Stadio Renato Dall’Ara, averaging 1.5 goals per match. During home games, the Bologna side creates an xG of 1.12. The team averages 12.38 shots per game at home and 12.14 on the road. Bologna players have a shot conversion rate of 12% at Stadio Renato Dall’Ara.
Marko Arnautovic has been an integral part of the Bologna side. The 33-year-old Austrian striker has scored eight crucial goals in 13 Serie A appearances this season for Bologna. Out of Arnautovic’s eight goals, five have come at Bologna’s home stadium, Stadio Renato Dall’Ara, and three have come in crucial away games. Marko Arnautovic has added eight goals to the Bologna side this season in the Italian Serie A, averaging 1.79 shots per 90 minutes. The player also averages 1.06 shots on target per game. Marko Arnautovic has taken most of his shot attempts from inside the penalty area, like a proper striker. He has taken 22 shots so far this season. Of the 22 shots, 13 were on target, and the rest were off target. Marko Arnautovic has a shooting accuracy rate of 59.09%. Marko Arnautovic’s total xG per shot is 0.25.
Impressive defensive display at Stadio Renato Dall’Ara
Thiago Motta’s men have conceded only six goals, averaging 0.75 goals per match in the eight Series A games this season at Stadio Renato Dall’Ara. Bologna have a clean sheet percentage of 25% at home, which reduces to zero per cent away from home. Bologna’s defence has faced only 10.88 shots per game during home games. Defenders for Bologna have thrown their bodies on the line and blocked 56 attempts. These blocks were significant and were made within their 18-yard area. Bologna players have made 74 defensive and 33 aerial duels per game in their eight home games this season.
This Serie A season, Bologna has been one of the most consistent teams at Stadio Renato Dall’Ara. The key reason for Bologna’s strong start to the season is their home form. Bologna’s players must draw inspiration from their performance at Stadio Renato Dall’Ara and replicate it in away games. During the games at Stadio Renato Dall’Ara, Bologna’s defence has been outstanding. Thiago Motta will be hoping that his team can maintain their form after the international break and finish in the top half of the Serie A rankings this season.
Visuals via TFA data viz engine