Monza will be aiming to bounce back from two successive league defeats when they face Bologna in Serie A on Monday.
The visitors are level on points with their forthcoming opponents, but sit above them in the table based on goal difference.
After only taking one point from their opening six games following being promoted through Serie B’s playoffs last season, Monza achieved three consecutive victories to turn around their campaign.
Those wins all came under new head coach Raffaele Palladino, who replaced Giovanni Stroppa in the managerial dugout last month, with the 38-year-old sensationally beating Juventus 1-0 on his debut to hand the club their first ever top flight triumph.
However, after his perfect start saw Monza take nine points from a possible nine, their 4-1 defeat away to AC Milan last time out brought them back down to Earth off the back of a 1-0 loss to Empoli, with Brahim Diaz bagging a brace before half time.
Still, Palladino’s side are four points clear of the safety zone, which felt unthinkable six weeks ago under his predecessor, while they have progressed to the next round of the Coppa Italia after beating Udinese 3-2 away from home last week.
Should I Biancorossi manage to beat Bologna at Stadio Brianteo on Monday, they could move as high as 11th in the table, while potentially putting even further distance between themselves and the bottom three.
After a disappointing start to the season, Bologna have also already opted to change managers, with Thiago Motta replacing Sinisa Mihajlovic last month after enjoying a successful season with Spezia.
The former Paris Saint-Germain midfielder earned his first win since taking charge last time out, with Marko Arnautovic’s penalty and Lewis Ferguson’s effort giving them a crucial 2-0 win against Lecce.
That victory saw them catapult above their opponents and out of the bottom three all the way up to 13th in the table prior to the weekend’s action, but they certainly can not afford to get ahead of themselves just yet.
Their hopes of winning Coppa Italia for the third time in their history remain alive after beating Cagliari 1-0 through Adam Obert’s own goal, but for now they must focus on continuing to move up in the table.
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We say: Monza 1-2 Bologna
Now that Bologna have recorded their first win of the Motta era, we can envisage them notching back-to-back victories away to Monza on Monday.
There is little doubt that the visitors possess more individual quality within their ranks, while Palladino’s honeymoon period appears to be over for the hosts.