Thomas Strakosha: since they scored twice against Inter, Lazio now boast the best statistical defence in the League with their 21 conceded goal. Genoa are improving, but the Biancocelesti back-line is a good bet for this round.
Milan Skriniar: Inter instead have not looked the same defensively sans Samir Handanovic between the sticks. Perhaps the captain will be back on Sunday, in any case the Sampdoria clash could be the right one for them to bounce back and Skriniar is an ex-Blucerchiato.
Amir Rrahmani: Verona kept another clean sheet in the Udinese game and will try to replicate that versus the struggling Cagliari. There is not much separation among their options at the position.
Riccardo Gagliolo: at some point Torino are going to snap out of their funk, but it is fair to go against them until they do, as they have scored just twice in the past five matches. Gagliolo is the top point getter among Ducali’s defenders thanks to his contribution on both ends.
Dries Mertens: he is back with two goals and one assist in the last three appearances and, even should Arkadiusz Milik return from injury, he figures to remain very involved and he is an extremely streaky player.
Juan Cuadrado: he bagged his second goal of the season last week and, more importantly, he is set to see some run as right winger, concentrating his dynamism solely for the offensive phase. SPAL have been a colander.
Alejandro Gomez: despite some excellent showings, he has not scored in six matches in a row, but he notched three assists in such stretch. He is due and the Sassuolo tilt promises to be a high-flying one.
Marco Mancosu: he has found the target for two weeks in a row and he has become accustomed to stinging top team, as he has punished Juventus, Inter and Napoli. Due to few absences up front, Lecce will have to lean heavily on him in the date with the faltering Roma.
Ante Rebic: he is en fuego with five goals in as many matches and he will square off against the team that ditched him quickly earlier in this career.
Edin Dzeko: Roma are in tailspin, but he has hit the net in four of the past five games and they will face Lecce and their Serie A-worst defence on Sunday.
Lautaro Martinez: he was not great in his first match back from suspension, but he was in excellent shape before that with three goals in four bouts. Sampdoria have had all sorts of troubles against big clubs and have given up four or more goals in three of the last five outings.
Honourable mentions: Federico Chiesa has finally rounded into form and will look to keep it up against Milan. Udinese-Bologna could be ripe for both sides, as the Felsinei have conceded in a slew of consecutive tilts, so Kevin Lasagna, Rodrigo De Paul and Stefano Okaka are worth a look, and the Bianconeri have done the same on the road, so Riccardo Orsolini and Musa Barrow should be on the radar and Mattias Svanberg could be a cheap option because of few injuries. Gervinho did not skip a beat despite the recent controversy.
Contrarian play: Napoli are up-and-down defensively and Mario Balotelli, despite not being very productive lately, is Brescia’s best bet to score. Juventus have had some troubles on the road: Andrea Petagna and Mattia Valoti are SPAL’s biggest threats. Genoa’s Antonio Sanabria and Sampdoria’s Fabio Quagliarella are in strong form, but the match-ups are daunting.
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