Samir Handanovic: Inter have given up just one goal so far and he has been a fabulous final bulwark, pulling off amazing saves as per usual. They will square off against Sampdoria on Saturday, which have managed to score only three times so far.
Takehiro Tomiyasu: Bologna will travel to Udine in this round and, while a road game is inherently tricky, the Bianconeri have been unable to find the target in the past three matches and have done it just two times so far, which is the worst clip in the League. They will not get Rodrigo De Paul back either, so it could make sense to pick from the Felsinei back-line and the Japanese fullback has the most upside.
Luca Pellegrini: he was spared in the midweek round, so he will be back in the XI against for the Verona match. The Scaligeri have been very feisty, but they do have some troubles hitting the net and have managed to bag just three goals. Cagliari instead are humming after three wins in a row.
Leonardo Bonucci: the Old Lady’s defence has not been airtight but they do have a favourable match-up against SPAL on the docket. On a personal level, instead, Bonucci has been a remarkable leader.
Stefano Sensi: he has been able to pick up bonus points in four of the first five appearances, bagging two goals and providing one assists and he will have good chances to keep it going against the wheezing Blucerchiati.
Fabian Ruiz: Napoli attacked a lot against Cagliari, but their offense is not as free-flowing when he is not there. He will resume starting against Brescia, which have been plucky but not untameable. He had scored in his last start.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan: Roma’s tactical switch did not work out particularly well against Atalanta and they should revert to their standard configuration in Lecce and therefore rely on him a lot. The Salentini have already allowed 11 goals and a player that attacks open spaces like him could take advantage of the situation.
Juraj Kucka: he is expected to be back from his injury on Monday night and therefore will go back to serving a massive role for Parma as they go to battle with Torino, which have been up-and-down.
Ciro Immobile: he will be out of the coach’s doghouse for the Genoa match and will thus try to punish a team that conceded three times in their first trip to the Olimpico Stadium and have managed to keep just one clean sheet thus far.
Duvan Zapata: Sassuolo are like two different sides at home and on the road, but the Colombian powerhouse is match-up proof at this point. Atalanta have been terrific away and he has put his name in the scoresheet in the last two bouts there.
Paulo Dybala: he has improved as he has gotten more minutes and, after coming close in the last two fixtures, he seems poised to break out sooner rather than later, even though the return of a certain Cristiano Ronaldo is looming and will hurt the other Juventus forwards a little.
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