Marco Silvestri: Verona have proved to be very stingy so far and the goalkeeper himself has been pretty relibale. They have a sneaky opportunity for points this week since they will host Sampdoria, which have scored just four times.
German Pezzella: he dominated in San Siro against Milan and could be in for another strong display against Udinese, which have found the target just three times so far, the worst clip in the League, and have been shut-out on the road.
Francesco Acerbi: Lazio have quietly had a very strong back-line so far, as they have allowed four goals, trailing only to Inter in that category. They will square off against Bologna, which is not the most explosive side and does not a proper poacher.
Simon Kjaer: Atalanta are starting to tighten it up a bit in the back and the Danish international was spotless against Roma and should be in line for another start against Brescia. Rafael Toloi and Andrea Masiello would be good pick too and, collectively, they have yet to score a header, which seems odd.
Dries Mertens: Arkadiusz Milik and Hirving Lozano have not taken the brass ring away from him and so he will stay Napoli’s go-to guy up front and he has already bagged four goals in Serie A play. The match-up against Torino is fine, as the Granata have always conceded so far.
Franck Ribery: he had flashes of immaculate class in the last two matches and vanquished any residual doubt about him. He surely still got it and could shine again versus Udinese, exploiting Fiorentina’s good form.
Aaron Ramsey: his position between the lines has created headaches to the opponents recently and it might give problems to Inter as well, even though they boast the best defence in the League.
Alessandro Murgia: he has been in the thick of it in the past few matches and seems due to bag one as he has been unlucky on few chances. SPAL are awaited by a key match-up with Parma, where they will desperately need to win. Jasmin Kurtic is always SPAL’s go-to-guy in the midfield, but his status is a little uncertain after missing last week’s game.
Duvan Zapata: while the supporting cast has been hit and miss, the Colombian tank has been a rock to open the season and could perforate Lecce as well, as the Salentini have already given up 13 goals. Luis Muriel and Ruslan Malinovskyi could be worth considering if La Dea rotated their squad.
Edin Dzeko: he will finally get a day off in Europa League, so he will be fresh for Sunday’s home game versus Cagliari, which will not be a cake-walk, but he has been tremendous so far, hitting the net in four out of six matches. It could also finally be time for Nicolò Zaniolo’s break-out game.
Rafael Leao: he has been the only bright spot for Milan in recent games and scored his first goal against Fiorentina. He might get a chance to play as main striker against Genoa, which have allowed 13 goals and kept just one clean sheet.
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