Icardi and Immobile battle to be Serie A’s top striker – Video Preview

The football fixtures continue to flow and as such, Nicholas Carroll returns with the final Euro Fantasy League preview for 2017.

Serie A‘s two leading strikers and Euro Fantasy League scorers are set to go head-to-head this weekend with Mauro Icardi facing off against Ciro Immobile when Inter play Lazio.

Meanwhile Gennaro Gattuso will be looking to build off a midweek Coppa Italia victory over the Nerazzurri to get their league campaign back on track when they play away to Fiorentina. Continue reading

Serie A Winter Review: Part 2


If the Serie A title race is proving tighter than expected, it’s even more of a mish-mash in mid-table, where only three points separate Sampdoria in sixth place and Bologna down in 12th as the divide between top and bottom grows with each season. Milan’s summer splurge in the transfer market seemed a sure-fire sign of intent that they would go back to competing for the Scudetto, yet Leonardo Bonucci and co. find themselves nearer to the relegation zone than the top four.

For a long time, Samp threatened to break into the Champions League reckoning with their stylish displays, among them a 3-2 victory over Juventus, but four defeats in their last five games have seen them fall nine points behind fifth-placed Lazio. Furthermore, sixth spot is not so much of a certainty, judging by the way Atalanta have bounced back from their culture shock of juggling the League with European football. Six wins in eight suggest last term’s finish of fourth was no flash in the pan. Continue reading

Serie A Winter Review: Part 1


Despite there being another matchday before the end of 2017, Serie A tradition says we have reached the midway point the season, and that will come as music to the ears of Marek Hamsik’s Napoli, who top the table after 18 games and just one defeat. The most recent round of fixtures also threatened to shape the title race, with Inter and Roma falling off the pace and Juventus emerging as the Partenopei’s likeliest rivals.

A lack of serious investment last summer led to many writing off Napoli’s ability to compete, but eight straight wins quickly silenced the critics. Points dropped to Inter and Juve, as well as an early Champions League exit, renewed those doubts, yet victories in their previous two matches see them perched at the summit. It’s testament to the southerners keeping their best players and Maurizio Sarri continuing to get the most out of them. Continue reading