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Serie A Injury and Suspension Report – Round 37

Atalanta: Rafael Toloi might be available following a small thigh strain. Luis Muriel picked up a knock in the same area and might be managed.

Benevento: Luca Caldirola is suspended. Iago Falque was unavailable midweek due to a sore adductor. Their other injured guys are done for the season.

Bologna: Gary Medel could make his return from a calf strain either in this or in the final round. Slim hopes instead for their other players on the shelf.  Continue reading

Serie A Fantasy Preview – Round 37 – Late Games

BENEVENTO-CROTONE

Benevento: coach Filippo Inzaghi continues to go back-and-forth with the tactics, but he has not found a solution for their woes. They have collectively netted just one goal in the last three games, on a combination between Gianluca Caprari (5 goals, 6 assists) and Gianluca Lapadula (7/2). The Italo-Peruvian striker and Nicolas Viola (5/3) have been their only reliable contributors in their skid, and the latter is not necessarily a full-time starter. Adolfo Gaich has fallen into a slump after a positive start, while Roberto Insigne has not exploited his recent chances. Riccardo Improta continuously switches from position to position, making it hard to trust him. Artur Ionita is a secondary option thanks to a pair of recent goals.  Continue reading

Serie A Fantasy Preview – Round 37 – Early Games

GENOA-ATALANTA

Genoa: two usual suspects powered them in the Bologna game, as Davide Zappacosta recorded his second goal in a row, while Gianluca Scamacca made no mistakes from the penalty spot, improving to eight goals in the season, six of which coming recently. He has clearly been their most prolific guy since Mattia Destro (11 goals/1 assists) has lost steam, while Goran Pandev (6/2) had a brace in the last five matches. Eldor Shomurodov (5/1) has found the target twice in the past four appearances, and Marko Pjaca (3/2) picked up an assist over the weekend. They have not really unleashed Paolo Ghiglione (4 assists) despite the absences on the flanks. Nicolò Rovella could gain some momentum in the midfield with his ability on set pieces. Kevin Strootman (four helpers) and Miha Zajc (1/3) are steady hands.  Continue reading

Serie A Best Fantasy XI – Round 36

Thomas Strakosha (7 points): Lazio surprisingly had major trouble working their way around the usually sketchy Parma defense. They eventually got an extremely late game-winner, but that was made possible only because the Albanian goalkeeper, who returned between the sticks after ages, stabbed his arms out at the last moment a couple of times to deny surefire attempts by the Ducali.

Theo Hernandez (13 points): he put together the finest performance of the season for a defender in the commanding win over Torino as, on top of securing the clean sheet, he hit the net twice, with a lefty scorcher in the first goal and with a lovely chip over the goalkeeper on the second one.  Continue reading

Torino 0-7 AC Milan: Top three performers as Rossoneri edge closer to UCL with big win

Milan continued their good run of form this evening as they scored seven (!) goals against Torino, beating yet another Turin-based side convincingly. It was indeed a one-sided encounter and the Rossoneri are now one step closer to the Champions League, as they could secure their spot on Sunday. 

Stefano Pioli’s men surprised many with their 3-0 win against Juventus and not many thought they would be able to top that this evening. They more or less did, although Torino are in poor form, as scoring seven goals is never that easy. Either way, the good form continues and that is a very good sign.  Continue reading

Juventus Top Perfomers – Round 36 vs Sassuolo

Juventus benefitted from some luck and perfectly used Sassuolo’s aggressiveness against them, feasting on counter-attacks, to take home a precious win that keeps them alive in the Champions League race.

Adrien Rabiot (6 points): he did not look great on the conceded goal, where he got turned around too easily, but he more than up for the mistake on the other end. He opened the scoring against the run of play with a surgical lefty daisy-cutter from distance and played a part in the second goal too, finding Cristiano Ronaldo with a little header to set up the teammate’s fantastic finish. Continue reading

Torino vs. AC Milan: Serie A Round 36 – Team news, stats and prediction

Thanks to the crucial win against Juventus, Milan are now one step closer to a Champions League return. There are just three games left of the season and they will take on Torino, Cagliari and Atalanta. The former clash is scheduled for Wednesday evening and the Rossoneri need a good result. 

The 3-0 win at Allianz Stadium surprised many as Milan secured their first win at the stadium, having failed to register a single point there in a decade. It seems the incredible support shown by the fans on the morning of gameday paid off as Stefano Pioli’s side was a level above Andrea Pirlo’s.  Continue reading

Italian Football Predictions – Round 36

Napoli-Udinese: the Partenopei demolished Spezia over the weekend, taking home the fourth W in the last six rounds, where they have tied with Inter and Cagliari. The Friulani are coming off a draw with Bologna after the burning defeat with Juventus. They have won two road matches in a row, with Crotone and Benevento, but have generally struggled against elite competition: 2-0.

Cagliari-Fiorentina: the Sardinians came out on top in the monumental clash with Benevento, conquering the fourth win in the last five matches, but their work is not done yet. The Viola are in a positive stretch as they topped Lazio and Verona and shared the spoils with Juventus and Bologna in the last four contests: 1-1.  Continue reading

Premier League Game of the Week: Manchester City 1-2 Chelsea

Don’t adjust your eyes the Champions League final does not take place for almost three weeks but the finalists of the 2021 edition did play each other over the weekend.

Chelsea came out as victors as they came back from a goal down to beat City 2-1 at the Etihad. Don’t be fooled to just brush off this match either just because it is inevitable that City will win the league this season. Arguably it is Chelsea who are the best side in England right now and they will want to extend that to the rest of Europe by the end of this month.

Manchester City’s 5th defeat of the season almost feels like it has been glossed over but this loss did feel important. Chelsea have been superb since Thomas Tuchel took over as manager from the sacked Frank Lampard at the end of January and the club have lost just 1 game in the Premier League since he took the job. Indeed Tuchel’s win rate is currently at 68% and he has won 17 games from the 25 coached so far.

As for the game City were installed as the favourites to win, being at home, wanting to lay down a marker before the Champions League final and of course a victory for City would mean the league title. All was going well until Sergio Aguero’s penalty….

Raheem Sterling opened the scoring on the 44th minute when he seemed to intercept an Aguero chance but took the ball himself and City were a goal up. It had been a dominant half from the home side and Chelsea had only managed 1 shot on target. In injury time of the first half it seemed that this game would be wrapped up when City were awarded what looked like a soft penalty.

Aguero put himself forward to take the penalty, here was the man who historically won City the league title with the final kick of the season a decade ago and could seal another with a penalty kick. However an over confident Aguero chose to use the method of the paneka and chipped the ball softly to the centre of the goal. When it comes off the striker looks super cool and the goalkeeper looks like a fool. When it doesn’t reverse that statement. Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy who has been outstanding for the club this season simply stood his line and easily saved the spot kick. Aguero looked a tad embarrassed and the whistle went for half time. Chelsea should have been out of the game but were instead in with a chance of a comeback and that is what materialised.

This would be a game of two halves and in the 2nd half Chelsea showed all of their qualities and it is why City will be worried ahead of the Champions League final, because in that second period Chelsea were by far the better team.

The Blues equalised just after the hour mark through Hakim Ziyech. He shot from the edge of the area and found a sweet point to beat Ederson in goal and it was game on.

With 10 minutes to go Callum Hudson-Odoi thought he had put the visitors in the lead but his goal was rightly ruled out for offside. But Chelsea would get their winner.

Timo Werner set up the ball for Marcos Alonso in a clever move and Alonso’s beautiful shot wrapped up the game and Chelsea had won it.

For Chelsea they have been chasing a top four spot for the majority of the season but their fantastic form means they are in 3rd place now and will probably finish in that position. But there will be a lot of confidence within the squad when they face City again in a few weeks time for the grandest of all club prizes.

As for City they must wait for the title. It could be awarded to them tonight if Manchester United lose at home to Leicester or Liverpool in a couple of days time. Failing that City will play Newcastle United away from home at the weekend and they will be the favourites to win that match.

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More trouble brewing at Barcelona

There’s never a dull moment at Camp Nou these days.

If it’s not on-pitch issues that are causing heart attacks for Barcelona supporters, it’s the in-fighting behind the scenes.

Given how the season began, the club have to be happy with the job that Ronald Koeman has done to this point, however, it appears that he’s on a collision course with new president, Joan Laporta. Continue reading