Serie A Fantasy Recap – Round Six

Standings implications: the top three teams in the standings were all successful on Saturday. The one that had to combat the most was Inter, which run into some trouble against Sampdoria but still prevailed, while Juventus and Atalanta easily disposed of SPAL and Sassuolo. The Roman sides kept up as La Lupa nipped Lecce on the road, while Lazio trucked Genoa. Fiorentina earned their second W in a row with a splendid display against a dwindling Milan. Cagliari came back to earth with a draw versus Verona. Udinese returned to winning days after four rounds by defeating Bologna. Parma outlasted Torino on Monday night. 

Confirmations: the top dogs Duvan Zapata, Dries Mertens, Andrea Belotti, Ciro Immobile and Edin Dzeko keep producing and notched their fourth goal in Serie A play. Cristiano Ronaldo instead moved to three, like Stefano Sensi, as the goal was assigned to him because the deflection by the teammate was involuntary. Franck Ribery showcased all his class at San Siro, hitting the net again, while Erick Pulgar just can not miss on penalties, canning his third. It is no longer a surprise when an Atalanta wingback finds the target and it was Robin Gosens’ turn again in this round. Lucas Castro showed up again and it does not look like Joao Pedro touched his cross. Dejan Kulusevki notched his first one after contributing with few assists so far.

Guess who is back: Alejandro Gomez had been busy setting up teammates so far, but he bagged one of his own against Sassuolo and put together a brace while he was at it. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic put his name in the scoresheet for the first time as well against Genoa. Two high profiles players are literally back in Serie A after years abroad and scored in this round: Mario Balotelli and Alexis Sanchez, but it was not all roses for the Chilean since he was later sent off. Gaetano Castrovilli deservedly broke through on Monday night, coronating a wonderful start of the season. Stefano Okaka, Gregoire Defrel and Jakub Jankto all scored their first of the season and could be strong contributors if they found some consistency. Cristian Ansaldi‘s first part of the season was marred by an injury but he resumed being a massive cog in Torino’s offense on Monday. Andreas Cornelius found the mark in his first start with Parma.

Surprise scorers: Roberto Gagliardini took advantage of a rare start and bagged a very important goal on an eerie moment of the Sampdoria match. Napoli’s centre-backs Kostas Manolas and Nikola Maksimovic combined in the air for Napoli’s second goal. Davide Faraoni pounced on a defensive blunder in Cagliari.

Flops of the round: Aleksandar Kolarov has given his fantasy owners many joys, but he missed a penalty in this one. Same faith for Gervinho and Federico Chiesa despite the strong game, while Milan took a clear step back compared to Thursday. Roberto Soriano was sent off after the final whistle. Even while facing potent opponents, Genoa and SPAL looked hapless, while Sassuolo’s defence is like Swiss cheese as of late. Fabio Pisacane wrapped up a nice present to Verona and then Giovanni Simeone squandered a major chance to re-obtain the lead.

Clutch goal: Roberto Inglese redeemed himself after a recent mistake from the penalty spot with a clinical finish late to down Torino.

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