Serie A Best Team To Pick – Week 16


Another interesting weekend coming up in Serie A, here is the suggested XI to pick with a 4-3-3 formation.

Alisson: hopefully this time his teammates, Kostas Manolas in particular, will not hurt him by causing a penalty, something that has happened in the last three games in a row. Among the top teams and the best defences, Roma certainly have the best match-up, as they will travel to Verona to face Chievo.

Ali Adnan: Udinese have showed good progress in the third mojogame under Massimo Oddo’s guidance as they easily beat Crotone on the road. They will host Benevento, which has scored only three goals on the road so far. Adnan is enjoying a nice resurgence as left wing back in the new coach’s 3-5-2.

Francesco Acerbi: Sassuolo have been extremely poor at home, where they have yet to win and have scored only once. However, this Sunday they will host Crotone, who have lost three games in a row and been hit by the shocking resignation of their coach Davide Nicola. There will not be a better chance for Neroverdi to shake off their home struggles.

Leonardo Bonucci: the results of the team do not necessarily show it, but the former Juventus centre-back has gotten his mojo back in the two-three weeks and is starting to look like the leader the Rossoneri thought they will get when they completed the €40M move. The match-up, against Bologna, is not easiest, but Milan have conceded only six goals so far at San Siro, which is third best in the League.

Armando Izzo: Genoa have been trending upwards since the coaching chance and they have been so stout defensively, conceding only one goal in three games, to Roma. His return from a lengthy suspension has certainly been helpful. On Sunday, they will host Atalanta, which have yet to win on the road and has scored only six times in seven away matches.

Joao Pedro: he is Cagliari’s leading scorer with five goals and he has found the back of the net twice in the last three weeks. Diego Lopez has decided to use him basically as a second-striker and he has delivered: he has great chemistry with Leonardo Pavoletti and has created a lot of scoring opportunity. Cagliari will host Sampdoria, which are skidding a little bit and have never been that good on the road this season.

Jakub Jankto: he has scored twice against Crotone and once in Coppa Italia against Perugia, so he has quickly assimilated the scheme of the new coach and seems to have earned a big role after he was benched against Napoli. Despite Sunday’s miracle, Benevento remains one of the coziest match-ups, especially when they travel.

Dries Mertens: he has unusually failed to score for four straight matches, a very rare thing since he was permanently moved to center-forward. He is due for a goal and Fiorentina are a good team, but sometimes they crumble in big games. If Lorenzo Insigne misses time in Serie A as well, somebody will have to step up at Napoli and in all likelihood it will be the Belgian forward.

Giacomo Bonaventura: he was back in a familiar position, as left winger, where he thrived in his best seasons at Atalanta, in the first game under Gennaro Gattuso and he collected a goal and an assist. He will be in thick of it against Bologna at home. The Felsinei are a good road team, but this round is full of head-to-head clashes.

Gonzalo Higuain: obviously a tough game for Juventus coming up, as they will host Inter in another massive game at the top of the standings, but when El Pipita is on form it does not matter who the opponent is. He punished Napoli’s defence, one of the best of the League so far, and will look to extend his five-game scoring streak against another solid one.

Ciro Immobile: he has cooled off after a torrid start, but he remains very much involved in Lazio’s attack, he just has not had that much luck in front of the goal. He could have easily buried one against Sampdoria, but Felipe Caicedo got the luck of the bounce. Lazio will host an uninspiring Torino team on Monday night.

Alberto Paloschi: Spal will have to build their fortunes at home and they will face Hellas Verona in a key game in the relegation race. Paloschi has either scored or assisted in three of the last four games at the Mazza Stadium and the Scaligeri’s defence is very suspect.

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