Serie A Fantasy Picks – Round 16

Wojciech Szczesny: the Juventus back-line has not been stout in the last two matches, allowing multiple goals for the first time this season, but they might be able to rectify things in the Udinese clash, since the opponents are tied for the least goals scored in the season. The goalie instead has been superb so far.

Aleksandar Kolarov: he has not scored or assisted in five straight rounds, which is odd for him, and he could be due to bounce back in a plum match-up against SPAL. Since Gianluca Mancini is suspended and Chris Smalling is banged up, he is slated to be Roma’s most appealing defender versus a team that has found the target just once in away matches.

Domenico Criscito: there is not much hope that Genoa will for once be able to prevent the opponents from scoring, but their captain has pretty good chances to pick up some points on the other ends in what promises to be a hard-fought Derby della Lanterna, primarily for his precision from the penalty spot.

Cristian Ansaldi: Torino have a reasonable game versus Verona on the docket, but the Scaligeri have started producing offensively recently. However, the left-back serves a massive role for the Granata as one of their primary playmakers and he is coming off a goal+assist outing.

Luis Alberto: he is the mastermind of Lazio’s offense, the best in the League, and shined again in the Juventus match. The recent matches indicate that Cagliari are letting up a bit and so he could be poised to pick up yet another assist.

Matias Vecino: he taken on a meaningful offensive role and he always has a chance or two to score in any given match. He might cash in on that versus his former team, Fiorentina.

Giacomo Bonaventura: he changed the face of the lacklustre Milan midfielder and rounded into form extremely quickly considering the severity of the injury he was coming back from. He has hit the net twice in the last three matches and will look to keep it up in the Sassuolo game.

Nicolò Zaniolo: he has not put the name in the stat-sheet in the past month, but Roma have a choice match-up against SPAL coming up and he could make his presence felt with his assertiveness there.

Mario Balotelli: the coaching change brought some serenity in Brescia and he bagged an easy but seminal goal against SPAL, his third of the season, and could exploit the fact that Lecce concede pretty much all the time.

Cristiano Ronaldo: three goals in a row for the Portuguese star, who is looking to pad his numbers and has made it a habit of finding the target at home.

Luis Muriel: he returned in the box score last week and, with Josip Ilicic hurt, he will be Atalanta’s main scoring threat in the date against the lousy Bologna defence.

Just missing the cut: Arkadiusz Milik looked terrific in Champions League and basically only injuries have slowed him down this season. Romulo is back at no.10 and he is very interesting there. Domenico Berardi usually sees red when facing Milan. Simone Verdi had his best match since moving to Torino last week and Simone Zaza was not too shabby either, but it hinges on Andrea Belotti’s presence. Gianluca Lapadula will be back with a vengeance after the suspension and he was streaking prior to that. Gaston Ramirez and Manolo Gabbiadini have looked good with Claudio Ranieri at the helm. Atalanta’s Ruslan Malinovskyi could take advantage of some rotations and he has a rocket left foot.

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