Salvatore Sirigu: Torino are not close to last year’s defensive levels, but perhaps the gritty win over Genoa will get them going. More importantly, they are slated to face a Fiorentina team that could be very depleted up front.
Timothy Castagne: he is coming off an assist and could stay in the lineup due to other players’ injuries. In any case, while Castagne is the most appealing, all Atalanta defenders and Pierluigi Gollini are good picks this week because they are finally tightening up in the back with three clean sheets in their past four games, including Champions League.
Giovanni Di Lorenzo: Napoli are in a sorry state, but they will not get a better match-up from the defensive standpoint than the one versus Udinese, which have scored just nine times so far. Di Lorenzo has moved around the formation but has generally been one of their most consistent players.
Francesco Vicari: Brescia’s coaching change throws a big wrench into things, but the Rondinelle have failed to find the target in three straight, while the stout Estensi have not given up more than one goal in the past four home matches.
Jeremie Boga: he dazzled in the Juventus game and confirmed to be one of the more red-hot players in the League, as he has hit the net four times in the last seven outings. Cagliari are a quality team but they can give up some goals.
Giacomo Bonaventura: since the attack is struggling almightily, the Milan midfielders are asked to stepped up scoring-wise and he has been the latest one to do it. Bologna’s defence is pretty forgiving, so he, Suso and Hakan Calhanoglu might be able to do some damage.
Lorenzo Pellegrini: he tallied yet another assist versus Verona and he is due for a goal soon. The match-up is clearly difficult, but the most recent goals given up by Inter have come from midfielders. Nicolò Zaniolo is back from suspension and might be eager to stick it to the team that let him go too easily.
Josip Ilicic: he can be moody and up-and-down, but he is coming off a great performance versus Brescia and will try to keep it up against Verona, which have had troubles stymieing the best clubs.
Fabio Quagliarella: he snapped out of his slump in superb fashion with one of his trademark acrobatic finishes and he can be as streaky as they come, as last season demonstrated. Sampdoria will tangle with Parma.
Paulo Dybala: he has been Juventus’ best player in the past month and has already had big games and clutch goals against Lazio.
Andrea La Mantia: he has bagged two goals in the past three matches and, since Gianluca Lapadula is suspended and Diego Farias is suspended, he could get another start on Sunday and take advantage of Genoa’s leaky back-line.
Just missing the cut: Lautaro Martinez did not make the list just because it would be boring to recommend always the same players, but he could inflict more pain on Friday. Lazio’s top dogs, Ciro Immobile, Luis Alberto and Joaquin Correa will face their biggest test to date and, in the past, they have not showed that well versus top competition, so it will be a pretty telling game to verify whether this year is truly different.
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