History, form and news ahead of Sunday's encounter with Bologna F.C. 1909
#1. Head to head. With the "Winter" phase of Serie A now concluded (Juve crowned "Campioni d'inverno"), this is the first game of the "gironi di ritorno". In the opening game of the season against Bologna, Verona claimed a hard earned point, having played for most of the match with just 10 players. Dawidowicz was sent off after just 13 minutes for a foul inside the box. Sansone converted the resulting penalty for Bologna, only for Veloso to equalise with a stunning free-kick on his competitive Serie A debut for Hellas on 36 minutes. Bologna unsurprisingly dominated possession (75%) and passes completed (592 compared to Verona's 210). Despite dominating possession, the away side couldn't break down a determined and well organised Verona defence, a sign of what was to come from Juric's Hellas.
#2. The form book. Bologna are currently two points behind Hellas on 23 points. Like Verona, Bologna have won two, lost two and drawn one of their last five fixtures.
#3. Juric v Mihajlovic. The Croat v The Serb, two giant figures in Serie A this season. Despite undergoing intensive treatment for leukaemia this season, Mihajlovic remains a formidable presence on and off the pitch.
#4. Consistency. One of the hallmarks of Juric's reign at Verona has been to minimise rotation, so expect to see a similar lineup to the side that beat Genoa last weekend, including Matteo Pessina, who impressed in a more offensive role.
#5. Fabio Borini. One slight adjustment may be the introduction of newcomer Fabio Borini, who arrived last week from Milan. A player of undoubted quality, Juric will surely give him the opportunity to an extra dimension to Verona's offensive play.