Serie A: Bologna coach wary of Osimhen threat

28 October 2021 16:49:34 GMTPlus10
Sinisa Mihajlovic wary of Victory Osimhen threat

Sinisa Mihajlovic says his Bologna team must keep a close eye on Victor Osimhen when they visit Napoli on Thursday evening.

Bologna are currently ninth in the table and are priced at 12.00 to win Thursday's contest at the Diego Maradona Stadium with the hosts available at 1.22, and a draw at 6.50.

Napoli make fine start

Napoli have had a great start to the new season under Luciano Spalletti with their perfect record only being broken on Saturday when they drew 0-0 away at Roma.

They are currently second in the table, three points adrift of AC Milan but have played one fewer game and will bounce back to the summit if they defeat Bologna.

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Osimhen firing on all cylinders

Nigerian Osimhen has been crucial to their positive start - he has scored nine goals across all competitions with five coming in Serie A and the other four in the Europa League campaign.

The 22-year-old represented a big outlay from the Partenopei last summer with 70million Euros being paid to French champions Lille for his signature.

He endured a difficult opening season, playing 30 games and scoring ten times with injuries affecting him throughout.

However, he has nearly matched last season's tally already and Mihajlovic has called on the Rossoblu to be careful against Osimhen, comparing him favourably to ex-Inter Milan forward Romelu Lukaku.

"He shifts the balance even more than Lukaku," Mihajlovic said.

"He runs, opens the game, restarts, scores.

"He's really strong, but I didn't expect this much. It's also true that they paid €70m for him."

A win for Bologna would consolidate their place in the top half of the table.

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