Both Bologna and Cagliari go into Thursday’s final game of the midweek round without their star strikers through suspension.
Bologna go into the home fixture with just the one win to their name from the previous six games played and having slipped from the top half of the table down to 15th at kick-off.
Having suffered with tonsillitis during the week, Gaston Ramirez has been passed fit only to make the bench, but he sits alongside expected replacement Panagiotis Kone, with Henry Gimenez starting instead. Robert Acquafresca gets a start against his old team in place of the suspended Marco Di Vaio, whilst Archimede Morleo pips Matteo Rubin to the left-back role and Nico Pulzetti takes right-back instead of Gyorgy Garics.
Cagliari, meanwhile, arrive one point and two places above the Felsinei in the table, but like their hosts, without their main striker to play. Mauricio Pinilla is suspended for his red card picked up against Inter at the weekend, but where training suggested Moestafa El Kabir would be fit to return in his place, Massimo Ficcadenti has partnered Thiago Ribeiro with Joaquin Larrivey in attack.
Cagliari are undefeated from their last three trips to the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara, boasting two away wins and a draw from recent seasons against Bologna.
Bologna: Gillet; Raggi, Portanova, Cherubin; Pulzetti, Mudingayi, Perez, Morleo; Diamanti, Gimenez; Acquafresca
Cagliari: Agazzi; Pisano, Canini, Astori, Agostini; Ekdal, Conti, Nainggolan; Cossu; Ribeiro, Larrivey