After putting a bow on the opening round of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League competitions, it is time to circle back to Serie A where the fourth weekend promises to deliver more drama.
Without question, AC Milan and Inter authoring another chapter of the Derby della Madonnina remains top priority in the build-up to Saturday’s San Siro clash, but as always, we are here to make sure you are prepared with everything you need to get the upperhand on your opponents in ‘fantacalcio’.
Here are five players to consider inserting into your Fantasy Serie A side this weekend for Round 4.
Alfredo Donnarumma (ATT, Brescia, Value: 10.50) – The Italian striker has no relation to AC Milan’s Gianluigi and Antonio, but that does not mean he isn’t deserving of recognition and plaudits. Alfredo’s potent goalscoring form has flown under the radar these past few seasons in Italy’s second division (23 in 17/18, 25 in 18/19), but his hot start thus far has given hope that perhaps the Serie A newcomers Brescia can avoid relegation. With three goals already to his name, and Udinese up next, there is tons of value in riding the hot hand, especially with Mario Balotelli still serving his suspension.
Alex Meret (GK, Napoli, Value: 8.50) – It can be extremely difficult to judge a goalkeeper’s performances and form when his defence lets him down and is still working out the kinks. However, after Napoli conceded 7 goals in their opening two rounds vs Fiorentina and Juventus respectively, the Partenopei used Sampdoria to regain some confidence in sorting out the lingering issues in the back by picking up a 2-0 cleansheet win last weekend. Meret rode that momentum into the UEFA Champions League clash with reigning champions Liverpool by executing four key saves in an important 2-0 win on Tuesday at the San Paolo. With Napoli’s next three opponents being Lecce, Cagliari and Brescia, there is no better time to snap up Meret at the above value. If the defensive struggles are behind them, the Italian could reap the benefits.
Christian Kouamé (ATT, Genoa, Value: 16.50) - While he may have only scored four times last year as Krzysztof Piątek soaked up much of the goals over the half season spent together, Kouamé’s efforts did not go unnoticed. The 21-year old’s ability to run in behind defenders and move into optimal goalscoring positions has already seen him score twice in three matches, leading us to believe that he could be poised for double digits. Even with Andrea Pinamonti up front to share in the opportunity, Kouamé looks keen to break out offensively and this weekend’s visit to Cagliari has potential to be mighty fruitful should you choose to use your free transfer on him.
Riccardo Orsolini (MID, Bologna, Value: 15.90) – Few attacking players have enjoyed more success over the past 4 months of football in Italy’s top division than Riccardo Orsolini. After a failed two year loan at Atalanta, the 22-year old has been delivering on the potential Juventus bought into in 2017 for €6 million + bonuses at Bologna, having scored a dozen goals in the calendar year. Having already turned in sparkling performances vs SPAL (assist) and Brescia (assist, goal), the inspired Rossoblu led by fearless leader Siniša Mihajlović host Roma this weekend at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara, looking to be the latest in a line of clubs to take advantage of Paulo Fonseca’s leaky backline. Steep at 15.90, but Orsolini’s upside, like Domenico Berardi last week, is worth investing in this weekend.
Gaetano Castrovilli (MID, Fiorentina, Value: 10.50) – Much like Orsolini above, Fiorentina’s young midfielder looks destined for the Azzurri call-up, with Roberto Mancini having attended the Franchi last weekend having surely left impressed with what he saw on display vs Juventus. The 22-year old midfielder has been given the start in the first three matches under Vincenzo Montella this season, demonstrating a tremendous work rate, understanding of where and when to assert himself on the match and the character required to compete at the top level. Early days for Castrovilli this season, but by virtue of his displays, consider him cemented into the starting XI as he performs at this level and proves worthy of the hype. Insert him into your squad vs Atalanta on Sunday.
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