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Bologna vs. Roma: Lineups & Game Thread

Matchday 15 brings a surprising battle for fourth place between upstart Bologna and José Mourinho's Giallorossi.

Football, Europa League: AS Roma vs Servette FC Photo by Elianton/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images

The past and present of AS Roma could be on display today at the Renato Dall’Ara Stadium in Bologna. With José Mourinho’s future at Roma shrouded in mystery, many have tipped Bologna manager Thiago Motta as his successor, and with good reason. Sitting in fifth place after fourteen matches, Motta has the Rossoblu punching above their weight class this season.

While Motta's attack is nothing to write home about, his defense is practically beyond reproach, conceding only 12 goals thus far, the third-best mark in the league. Not great news for a Roma side down Paulo Dybala and Romelu Lukaku. The Giallorossi's prized free-agent signings have accounted for nearly 40% of the club's 28 league goals, heaping added pressure on El Shaarawy and Belotti today, especially when you consider that Roma has only managed three goals in their last five fixtures against Bologna.

A win today would vault Roma back into fourth place, one point ahead of a very confusing Napoli side. The lineups are in, so let’s get down to business!