Serie A Fantasy Picks – Round 19

Emil Audero: Sampdoria have tightened it up in the back since Claudio Ranieri took over, allowing multiple goals just twice in the past nine fixtures, to Cagliari and Juventus, so their goalie is unlikely to do harm against a depleted Brescia squad that has never scored more than twice so far on the road.

Francesco Acerbi: Lazio are quietly tied with Juventus for the second-best statistical defence in the League behind Inter and have surrendered just seven goals at home thus far. Their leader could be a decent selection against the ever-underwhelming Napoli. 

Nikola Milenkovic: Fiorentina will not have a better chance to snap their ten-game streak allowing it at least one goal than against the lowly SPAL, which have found the target just four times in away contests. Milenkovic and German Pezzella are always threats on set pieces, Dalbert instead with his crossing.

Marash Kumbulla: Verona got all their defensive pieces back in the previous game and it led to an easy clean sheet. They were one of the best in such area before a flurry of injuries and they might be able to stymie the unconvincing Genoa this weekend.

Joao Pedro: he has stayed relevant even though Cagliari is in a funk, scoring once and providing one assist in the past three matches. He will lead the charge against Milan, trying to add to his 11-goal haul.

Dejan Kulusevski: Parma got their teeth kicked in by Atalanta last week, but they will have a prime bounce-back opportunity against Lecce and their combustible defence, and Kulusevski will mastermind the offense as per usual.

Aaron Ramsey: Juventus looked good with him at no.10 and he could be a nice tactical weapon versus Roma, which do not possess an insurmountable back-line and his past says that there is potential for fantasy bonuses. Adrien Rabiot instead has a lower ceiling but a more certain playing time.

Hamed Traore: Domenico Berardi picked up a silly suspension and so Sassuolo will have to rely heavily on him and Filip Djuricic, who are both producing and making up also for Jeremie Boga and Francesco Caputo’s cold stretch. He has hit the net twice in the last three games. Sassuolo will visit Udinese Sunday.

Romelu Lukaku: he is one of the hottest players in the Peninsula with his four goals in the last two outings and the clash with Atalanta could be a back-and-forth affair.

Andrea Belotti: he roared back with a scintillating display against Roma and he is surely a streaky player. Bologna are a good team, but they are not airtight.

Federico Chiesa: La Viola will play one of their easiest match-up of the season and, even though they were pipped at the post, they fared pretty well in Bologna. The winger is due for a goal after a nine-round drought and some injury issues.

Honourable mentions: Cristiano Ronaldo and Ciro Immobile are match-up proofs and were not included in the list just two switch things up, like Alejandro Gomez and Josip Ilicic, who are both on a tear. Zlatan Ibrahimovic did not come through for Milan against Sampdoria but he immediately proved to be big offensive hub and recent games indicate that you can certainly score on Cagliari. Rodrigo De Paul, Mario Balotelli and Giampaolo Pazzini have put their name in the stat-sheet for two weeks in a row and also Seko Fofana has been showing well. Glaring missing asides, Manolo Gabbiadini has been Sampdoria’s best striker for a while and Brescia are pretty forgiving in the back.

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