Bartlomiej Dragowski: after a long period of time where they always conceded, Fiorentina have kept two clean sheets in a row and their young goalie shined. They will host Genoa this week, which have scored more than once in just one of the last five rounds. Among their defenders, Pol Lirola is finally on the up-and-up.
Matthijs De Ligt: the starlet has been impressive in the last few matches and, while the Juventus defence has had troubles blanking opponents, they rarely give up multiple goals and could be able to contain Napoli’s stammering attack in check.
Stefan De Vrij: he is on a par with Theo Hernandez and Leonardo Bonucci as top point getter among defenders and Inter’s back-line is as reliable as they come. Cagliari have not been particularly good on the road.
Amir Rrahmani: the recent Napoli purchase might take home some points as Verona will play Lecce, which have failed to find the target in their last two road games.
Lorenzo Pellegrini: top players usually step up in big games and the Derby della Capitale is the ideal stage for him to take the brass ring as La Lupa’s technical leader after Nicolo Zaniolo went down. He has posted one goal and eight assists in 14 appearances so far.
Samu Castillejo: he has been a net positive addition to their XI since Milan tweaked their tactic and he picked up an assist two rounds ago in Cagliari. Brescia’s back-line surely is not that stingy.
Josip Ilicic: with Alejandro Gomez banged up and Duvan Zapata still working his way back, he is currently Atalanta’s top man and he has been stupendous over the last few fixtures, five goals in the last four, botching only the Inter one.
Karol Linetty: Sampdoria are surely up and down, but the Polish midfielder is finally making his presence felt fantasy-wise after a very slow start, as he has notched two goals and two assists in the last five games. The Sassuolo bout should be fairly open-ended.
Andrea Petagna: SPAL are starting to do their thing, collecting wins in improbable spots, and that has coincided with him hitting the net more consistently as he has done it three times in the past four appearances. Bologna have not stopped an opponent since late December and will be undermanned in the back.
Romelu Lukaku: Inter’s offence has not been great in the last two contests, but they have a plum match-up on the docket because Cagliari have allowed at least two goals in nine straight games, so Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez might put their name in the stat-sheet on Sunday.
Andreas Cornelius: Roberto Inglese’s injury clears the way to a fat load of minutes for the Danish centre-forward, who has delivered in the past two weeks and has been fairly productive all year long, tallying seven goals in 13 tilts.
Honorable mentions: Ciro Immobile and Cristano Ronaldo are good picks in any round and Joao Pedro is starting to reach the same status as well. Verona’s Darko Lazovic has set up teammates in half of their last six matches. Atalanta’s have a chequered history in Torino, perhaps the Granata’s fulcrum Andrea Belotti will be able to take advantage of it. Federico Chiesa might make it two in a row versus Genoa’s sieve-like defence and the other Fiorentina offensive players are recommendable as well. Domenico Berardi punched one home last week and Sampdoria are not trustworthy defensively. Mattia Valoti is now SPAL’s top midfielder with Jasmin Kurtic out of town. If the Milan’s back-line lets up again, Ernesto Torregrossa could keep it up. Rodrigo De Paul and Seko Fofana are performing admirably for Udinese.
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