Serie A Fantasy Picks – Round 12


Salvatore Sirigu: the veteran goalie has had a solid season so far and the Torino’s back-line has been decent overall, even though clean sheets have been hard to come by. They will try to achieve that versus Parma, which have failed to score in the past three games, mostly because of the imperfect conditions of Gervinho and Roberto Inglese.

Ibrahima Mbaye: the fullback has found the target for two straight matches, which could help him secure a starting job even after Federico Mattiello comes back from injury. While he is highly unlikely to make it to the scoresheet three times in a row, Bologna could take advantage of the fact that Chievo have scored in just two of their six home fixtures so far.

Sime Vrsaljko: it is not a great weekend for the top defenses in the league, which will all either play on the road or against worthy opponents. Inter’s one has statistically been the most reliable and the Croatian right back is always good for a couple of actions down the right flank. Atalanta detonated recently, but had not scored in the three home games prior to the Parma one.

Mattia Bani: playing both sides of the coin here, the match between Chievo and Bologna has all the makings of a low-scoring affair since the Felsinei have knocked it on goal just twice on the road so far.

Lorenzo Pellegrini: the youngster blossomed with Javier Pastore sidelined and Eusebio Di Francesco decided to use him in the hole, freeing him from defensive duties. He rewarded his coach with some great outputs, providing five assists and hitting the net twice in seven matches. Sampdoria have allowed five goals in their last two losses.

Joao Pedro: his return turned the season around for Cagliari, which were getting almost nothing from Marco Sau and Diego Farias in the second-striker position. He bagged two goals and picked up an assist in the past four appearances and he is coming off a gorgeous strike at the Allianz Stadium. He could replicate that against the cratering SPAL, which conceded 16 goals in the last seven matches.

Iago Falque: Torino work better when their main creator is in good form and they have not lost in over a month. He has netted two goals in the last three games and he and Andrea Belotti could exploit Parma’s defense, which have allowed at least a goal in four of their five away fixtures and does not look right recently.

Marco Benassi: Frosinone are certainly improving, but they seem to have weird tendency of allowing midfielders to score, since they have recently being punished by Salih Ucan, Miha Zajc, Tomas Rincon and Daniele Baselli. Fiorentina have some troubles on the road, but Benassi bagged one in Turin.

Cristiano Ronaldo: Milan have conceded in all but one game, the last one, and he is undoubtedly Juventus’ biggest threat. He has corralled at least two fantasy bonus points in the last eight games.

Lorenzo Insigne: Dries Mertens has stolen some of his spotlight, but the little genius continues to produce. He has gathered 30 points in his last seven appearances and he has already reached double digit in terms of goals including the European game.s Genoa have been very suspect in the back all year long.

Francesco Caputo: Empoli could benefit from the new manager bump on Sunday against Udinese, which have some big problems of their own having collected just one point in the previous six games, conceding an average of two goals. It was not certainly the striker’s performances who got Aurelio Andreazzoli fired, since he has beaten opposing goalies five times, scoring even in the two impervious match-ups with Juventus and Napoli.

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