Gianluigi Buffon: he is rumoured to be getting the first start since coming back and Juventus have a good opportunity for a clean sheet against Verona. The previously indicated Alex Meret is in strong form but he might be rested this week ahead of the midweek round.
Diego Godin: Inter’s defense has been as advertised and should continue to grow as it gels after some absences. They could take advantage of the fact that Milan have not figured out the proper combinations up front yet. He is coming off an assist and it would not be surprising to see him solve a big game or two with his headers.
Kalidou Koulibaly: he should not be involved in Napoli’s heavy rotation and, after a slow start, he finally had one of his signature performances against Liverpool. Napoli will play in Lecce this week.
Armando Izzo: Nicolas N’Koulou is out again, so he will serve as the de facto leader of the back-line versus Sampdoria, which has scored just once so far and had all sorts of troubles.
Luis Alberto: he has been dealing and wheeling in the first couple of matches, making up for the lack of form of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. Lazio need to get back on track after the SPAL debacle and Parma have conceded in all three games thus far.
Lorenzo Pellegrini: he is coming off a three-assist display and he can continue to be productive as no.10. Bologna have not been particularly stout so far and therefore he could keep it rolling.
Joao Pedro: Cagliari were clinical in Parma as they navigate through major absences, which thrusted Pedro into a very prominent role. They will face Genoa this week, which have given up a lot of goals so far and also caused a penalty in every round.
Seko Fofana: every Udinese player will have to step it up a little with Rodrigo De Paul suspended and the muscular midfielder was already playing in a pretty offensive opposition, so he could reap the benefits of having more touches. They will square off against Brescia, which allowed Bologna to score four times last week.
Cristiano Ronaldo: he was non-factor against Fiorentina, but he usually brushes aside that kind of showings rather quickly and the date for Verona comes at a good time.
Domenico Berardi: he has found the target five times in just two matches so it is fair to ride him until he is hot and the match against SPAL does not represent a huge obstacle defensively.
Lorenzo Insigne: he will be back in the lineup after missing little of time and he will look to resume producing as he did in the opener in the fixture against Lecce.
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