Serie A Fantasy Picks – Round 18

Thomas Strakosha: Lazio have conceded at least a goal in few matches in a row, but they were a little unlucky against Cagliari and the match-up versus Bologna is favorable in that department, since the Rossoblù have scored just seven times at home, the second fewest of any Serie A team, and have had very little juice offensively lately.

Alex Sandro: a trip to Bergamo is never too comfortable for any team, but the Juventus back-line has repelled even better opponents on their way to six consecutive clean sheets. The fullback, fresh off a contract renewal, always makes his presence felt on offense.

Cristiano Biraghi: the Viola have snatched two wins in a row and will try to keep it going against the wheezing Parma. They have allowed just seven goals at home, the best clip after the top three teams. The left back is also usually generates some interesting sorties.

Nicola Murru: he provided two assists in Empoli and Sampdoria are sizzling right now. They will host Chievo, which are certainly tenacious but have found the target just six times away from home.

Joao Pedro: he is carrying a big load with Leonardo Pavoletti on the mend and has been super active in the last fixtures. Genoa have the second worst defense in the League and the worst by a mile on the road.

Nicolò Zaniolo: the teenager had big shoes to fill but did it effortlessly, showing quality and grit. He is just missing a goal to coronate his moment and the Sassuolo match could be a high scoring affair.

Manuel Lazzari: he has been able to bring home some points in the last three home games and the date with Udinese could help him do it again, as the Zebrette have been pretty vulnerable away from home and have had a hard time scoring.

Hakan Calhanoglu: somebody will have to make up for Suso’s absence and he looked fine a different role against Fiorentina. Being held scoreless for four straight matches is unimaginable, especially because they will tangle with Frosinone on Wednesday.

Ciro Immobile: Bologna have shown some stinginess in their latest contests, but if Lazio resume took caring of business against relegation struggles he is likely to bag one.

Fabio Quagliarella: he has scored in seven straight games and he is already in the top-ten list in that category, joining the elite company of Julio Cruz (2007), David Trezeguet (2001), Antonio Di Natale (2010) and Alessandro Matri and Oliver Bierhoff (1998). The all-time record belongs to Gabriel Omar Batistuta, who scored for 11 matches in a row in 1994.

Andrea Belotti: he netted a lovely one in Sassuolo and he will be hungry for more against Empoli, which have conceded at least a goal in their last 14 outings.

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