Serie A Fantasy Preview – Round 28 – Early Games

Juventus-Lecce: the Bianconeri are a very top-heavy team and further reaffirmed it against Bologna, where their two starts Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala both found the target. The surprise was Federico Bernardeschi showing signs of life after a long while and he will probably get the call again as Douglas Costa needs to work on his fitness. Aaron Ramsey could also see his minutes increase and he remains a wild factor fantasy-wise. Juan Cuadrado and Rodrigo Bentancur are okay choices out of their midfield given the inevitable workload. Lecce have the worst defence in the League, so it is a plum match-up.

Suggested picks: Ronaldo, Dybala, Bernardeschi. 

The Salentini did fine for an hour against Milan before melting away due to the usual woes in the back and lost Gianluca Lapadula for few matches in the process. Matteo Mancosu did his thing by converting a penalty, but they did not muster up much after their top striker went down. Khouma Babacar and Filippo Falco will have to pick up the slack, but the former has been underwhelming so far and the latter did not look spry in his first game from an injury. Riccardo Saponara was dragged down by the circumstances. At least they could get back Antonin Barak for this one and he has been a key addiction.

Suggested picks: Mancosu, Falco. 

Brescia-Genoa: Alfredo Donnarumma broke his dry spell with a penalty against Fiorentina and he tends to be a streaky scorer. Ernesto Torregrossa came off the bench because of imperfect physical conditions, but should be better with few more practices in his legs. The supporting cast, Jaromir Zmrhal, Simon Skrabb and Jaromir Zmrhal did not shine in a mostly defensive match. In general, only Romulo has proved to be a somewhat useful fantasy contributor, but he is not seeing consistent playing time these days. The Rossoblù’s defence looked weirdly terrible against Parma, so perhaps the Rondinelle’s attackers are worth a flier here.

Suggested picks: Donnarumma, Torregrossa, Romulo. 

The Grifone struggled as a whole and especially in the back in the last game. Not having Antonio Sanabria was a massive blow and the Andrea Favilli-Goran Pandev tandem did not deliver, although they were collectively hit by a typhoon and Domenico Criscito missed a penalty. The good news is that Iago Falque might have finally put his injuries behind him and he can be extremely prolific, but it depends on how many minutes he is ready to see. If Sanabria is out again, this time it will be likely Andrea Pinamonti getting the nod, but he has been subpar to say the least. Their midfield lacked offensive punch in the standard configuration even if they put Francesco Cassata over Valon Behrami and they probably just do not have the personnel to be really intriguing there.

Suggested picks: Sanabria, Falque, Pandev. 

Cagliari-Torino: Giovanni Simeone has scored in two matches in a row and that is an event given his past, but credit to him for working hard during the pandemic, and the stud Joao Pedro returned in style with a seminal assist to finally end the losing streak. Radja Nainggolan might be back in some capacity, but it is a wait-and-see approach until he is fully fit. Walter Zenga did not deploy Valter Birsa in a match where it made sense, so the mildly appealing options in the midfield are limited to Nahitan Nandez and Marko Rog, but it probably will not be a high scoring game.

Suggested picks: Pedro, Simeone, Pellegrini. 

Andrea Belotti redeemed himself with a deciding goal against Udinese, returning to the stat-sheet after eight matches. The trident with Simone Zaza and Simone Edera has looked promising even if Zaza has not scored. The youngster instead picked up an assist. It remains to be seen whether the coach will stick with it now that Cristian Ansaldi is available and they can move Alex Berenguer back to the front-line, where he would become an even better option than he currently is. He set up a teammate with a corner kick against Parma.

Suggested picks: Belotti, Berenguer, Edera.

Lazio-Fiorentina: an outstanding start turned to dust for the Biancocelesti against Atalanta. They were humming early with plenty of quick counters and a fantastic goal by Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, but they did not kill the opponents, mostly due to a pair of misses by Ciro Immobile, and they mounted a furious comeback in the second half. Further proof that fitness is everything in the restart and they run out of gas too early. Luis Alberto did not shine and Joaquin Correa bowed out with an injury, so the plug-and-play Felipe Caicedo will probably be in the XI here. Manuel Lazzarri had a noteworthy display. The capocannoniere might bounce back here.

Suggested picks: Immobile, Milinkovic-Savic, Lazzari. 

The Viola are coming off a very disappointing performance against Brescia, where they laid siege for a long time but could not produce a second goal. Dusan Vlahovic often looks like a million bucks, but his production is not at a high level yet. Federico Chiesa will miss the match due to suspension, which will likely lead to some rejiggering in their lineup and they might go back to 3-5-2 rather than sticking with a three-man attack and deploy somebody else. On the positive side, Franck Ribery was his usual trickster self and Gaetano Castrovilli tried to lead the charge, so they two of their technical leaders up and running. However, the match-up is as tough as it gets.

Suggested picks: Ribery, Vlahovic, Pulgar. 

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