Juan Musso: it is not a particularly appealing round for the top defenses, so it might be time to think outside of the box. Udinese have rediscovered some stinginess with Luca Gotti at the helm and will tangle with Sampdoria, which are tied with SPAL as least productive attack in the League and have never scored more than one goal. The Argentinian goalkeeper is a certainty at this point.
Chris Smalling: the Roma back-line has not been particularly airtight, but they have one of the better match-ups on hand against the cratering Brescia, which have not found the target more than once since late September. The English defender has been quite the surprise with his imposing physicality and he is a menace on set pieces too.
Fabio Pisacane: Lecce have been more effective on the road, while they have hit the net just four times in home fixtures. Cagliari have been absolutely tearing it up and have never allowed multiple scores in their away matches. Pisacane always provides a strong dose of grit.
Dalbert: he has dished two assists in the last two matches but that has been overshadowed by the fact that Fiorentina have given up a bunch of goals. They might be able to right the ship against Verona, which are one of the most toothless squads in Serie A.
Dries Mertens: he has been silent since late September, but he could be poised to bounce back against Milan, which have been very forgiving against strikers, especially considering the fact that Arkadiusz Milik is not expected to be able to go. Mertens is actually duelling with Piotr Zielinski, who would have a good amount of appeal if he returned to the flank.
Dejan Kulusevski: Parma will be down their two centre-forwards for the Derby with Bologna, so he is set to slide over to false-nine and he would be an even bigger catalyst than usual if also Gervinho ended up missing the tilt. The Felsinei have surrendered multiple goals in five of their last six contests.
Nicolò Zaniolo: his strong form carried over during the international break and he has been absolutely fabulous lately with three goals in the last four outings, surging to become Roma’s most reliable attacker.
Kevin Agudelo: Genoa will be forced to look for new playmakers with Christian Kouame likely lost for the season and he has emerged as a very intriguing one since Thiago Motta took over, scoring once and picking up one assist in four appearances. They will square off against the uninspiring SPAL on Monday, with some potential on both ends given the counter-part’s offensive woes.
Ciro Immobile: even his kryptonite, the Italian jersey, could not stop his momentum after scoring for seven domestic games in a row and there is no reason to keep it out of the lineup. The match against Sassuolo could be a high-flying one.
Romelu Lukaku: he notched six goals in the last five games and might do it again versus Torino, which have had a lot of troubles stopping opponents, especially the most talented ones.
Paulo Dybala: he solved the Milan game late and, either starting or coming off the bench, he has been the most in-form Juventus forward in the last six weeks and he is the best suited to take advantage of Atalanta’s defensive shortcomings. Douglas Costa would be a savvy pick as well, but his playing time is very spotty.
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