Milan-Empoli: the Rossoneri are coming off a humungous win over Atalanta, the second in a row after they had disposed of Cagliari and they have not lost since in 2019, maintaining a slim advantage over Roma in the Champions League race. The Azzurri snapped an eight-game famine on Sunday, where they had picked up only two points and lost seven times. The Devil will not have Suso due to a suspension, which opens up minutes for either Samu Castillejo or Fabio Borini. Needless to say, Krzysztof Piatek continues to be amazing and his clutchness is remarkable because he does not get as many feeds as other top Serie A strikers. Hakan Calhanoglu finally bagged one last week and they will rely more on their playmaking with Suso on the stands. Lucas Paquetà and Franck Kessiè have shown that they can do some damage offensively. For the Tuscanian side, their linchpin Francesco Caputo has scored just in one in their last seven games, but he is always lurking. Rade Krunic netted a great one last week and he and Diego Farias have emerged as very solid second options with Antonino La Gumina sidelined for a long stretch and Miha Zajc gone. Milan have shown great robustness though.
Frosinone-Roma: the Ciociari quickly tapped into submission against Juventus and were understandably unable to build on their two road wins in a row. They have been defeated in five of their last fixtures and obviously need to collect points consistently to stay close to the other relegation strugglers. La Lupa did not play great against Bologna, but they came away with the full spoils and garnered their fifth win in the last seven games, where they have remained undefeated. Camillo Ciano has consistently been Frosinone’s top dog, while Daniel Ciofani and Andrea Pinamonti have had their moments in the sun. Roma has often shows some cracks in the back. As for the Giallorossi, which continue to get a lot of scoring from defenders, Aleksandar Kolarov in particular, Nicolò Zaniolo has been a constant presence and Stephan El Shaarawy would have put together elite numbers if it were not for some nagging injuries. It looked like Edin Dzeko was about to go on a run, but he did not do much versus Bologna. This represents a very palatable match-up for their offensive players since the Gialloblù have been dismal at home. Justin Kluivert could be a cheap plug if he started.
Bologna-Juventus: the Felsinei showed some fight against Roma, but they could not come up with the equalizer. They suffered their first loss since Sinisa Mihajlovic took over, while they had racked up four points in the previous two games. The Bianconeri are coming off two straight 3-0 wins against Sassuolo and Frosinone and have been pretty much perfect against the minnows. Nicola Sansone scored last week and he does have the reputation of a giant killer. They have been counting on Federico Santander and Rodrigo Palacio all year long, with decent but not great returns. Roberto Soriano has not netted one yet, but he is providing some an offensive punch they were lacking out of the midfield. Coach Massimiliano Allegri might rotate the squad a bit after the Atletico Madrid clash, so it could be Federico Bernardeschi’s time to shine. Cristiano Ronaldo continues to be en fuego and Paulo Dybala will be looking to add on his recent slump buster. The absence of Sami Khedira makes the midfield a little less appealing fantasy-wise: Rodrigo Bentancur and Emre Can will have to pick up the slack there.
Parma-Napoli: despite their shocking comeback against Juventus, the Ducali are spiraling in the last few weeks, as they have been topped in three of the last four matches, by SPAL, Inter and Cagliari. They are in no man’s land in the table and that is perhaps a factor. Despite creating several tasty opportunities, Napoli have amassed three nil-nil results in their last four games, which has allowed Juventus to run away. The general ineffectiveness of the squad has involved Gervinho and Roberto Inglese to, but they remain their main guys fantasy-wise, with Juraj Kucka quickly emerging as their third fiddle. Lorenzo Insigne will be disqualified here, so it will be up to Arkadiusz Milik and Dries Mertens to lead the way out of a very unusual drought against a sturdy opponent. José Callejon and Piotr Zielinski have had their chances too. Fabian Ruiz is contributing more after taking over from Marek Hamsik, but he is also more distant from the goal in that role.
Fiorentina-Inter: the Viola has not been bested in the last six matches, but they prevailed in just two of them, so they need to gain some more steam to vie for a Europa League spot. Inter have busted out of their funk with two wins in a row, sweating a little against Sampdoria but ultimately getting the job done. The most recent games confirm that the Gigliati are devastating when they have the opportunity to counter, but have more troubles creating against set defences. They are scoring a lot lately, with Luis Muriel, Federico Chiesa and oddly enough Edimilson Fernandes pacing the teammates in that regard, while Giovanni Simeone, despite losing minutes to Gerson, who has been dependable, managed to bag one in Ferrara. Jordan Veretout is in a more attacking position, but all his goals have come from the penalty spot. While the Mauro Icardi saga continues, Radja Nainggolan has broken the spell, Ivan Perisic and Matteo Politano are producing, although fantasy owners would not mind more goals out of them, and Lautaro Martinez has been viable enough.
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