Marco Silvestri: Verona and their stifling defence will visit an undermanned Sampdoria squad on Monday. The Scaligeri have not given up more than one goal in the past eight rounds.
Kostas Manolas: Napoli can be very stingy when they want to be, as evidenced by the Barcelona clash, and Torino have been incredibly subpar offensively over the last two months. Giovanni Di Lorenzo and Mario Rui have more upside than the Greek centre-back, but it is possible that the coach rotates the squad a bit.
Pol Lirola: the Spanish fullback is finally picking up some steam with two assists in the last six weeks. Fiorentina have a pretty good defence overall and Udinese have failed to score more than once in the past five matches.
Riccardo Gagliolo: the Ducali have an underrated defence and have not surrendered more than one goal in the last eight home fixtures. SPAL are a little more proactive now, but their output, especially away, has been meagre.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan: he is a great contributor when healthy as, he has hit the net twice in the last three matches, providing one assist. With Lorenzo Pellegrini on the shelf, he is going to be their main creator against Cagliari, which have been struggling for a while.
Manuel Lazzari: after two straight appearances off the bench, he is slated to be back in the XI since Adam Marusic and Jony are both a little banged up and Bologna have had all sorts of troubles on the defensive left wing.
Jeremie Boga: Sassuolo will host one of the worst defences in the League, Brescia, and therefore the speedster could have an opportunity to run amok. His inconsistency is maddening, but he is worth the gamble in most week given his upside and position. Among the Neroverdi, Filip Djuricic does not have much competition at the moment and he can be pretty effective.
Rodrigo Bentancur: he has been Juventus’ best midfielder for a while and he is becoming a fantasy asset with few assists lately. On the opposite side, Matias Vecino tends to deliver in this kind of bouts.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic: after some unlucky calls and uncharacteristic misses, it is about time for him to capitalize on his chances and return on the stat-sheet. Genoa are improving, but they surely are not an impossible foe.
Arkadiusz Milik: Dries Mertens has outplayed him recently but will be limited, if not entirely sidelined, by an ankle problem this week. The Polish hammer has struck gold in his last two starts.
Duvan Zapata: Lecce sometimes fall apart in the back and have been the leakiest in Serie A for almost the entirety of the season, so the Colombian striker might be able to take another step in his road to peak condition.
Fantasy elite suite: Ciro Immobile, Cristiano Ronaldo, Romelu Lukaku, Josip Ilicic, Joao Pedro, while Ante Rebic, Andrea Petagna and Edin Dzeko are knocking on the door considering their recent outstanding level of production.
Honorable mentions: Federico Chiesa has scored three times in the last three games, Fabio Quagliarella will have to carry the Blucerchiati, Dejan Kulusevski will be fully healthy and ready to rumble after a week off, Mattia Valoti plays in a very offensive position now, Brescia will recover some pieces, Ernesto Torregrossa and Romulo being the most interesting.
Contrarian play: Bologna have been prolific in the recent road contests and Lazio will not have their defensive linchpin Francesco Acerbi, so their attackers should be considered. Goran Pandev continues to be Genoa’s most reliable player, while Domenico Criscito is making a living off of penalties. Gianluca Lapadula is Lecce’s main scoring option and Atalanta will be dealing with some absences in the back. Rodrigo De Paul and Stefano Okaka found the target recently. The Roma match could be the right one for Radja Nainggolan to wake up.
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