Serie A Top Fantasy XI – Round 27

Robin Olsen (7 points): four clean sheets in the 27th round and therefore four goalies managed to rack up points, as David Ospina, Salvatore Sirigu and Wojciech Szczesny join the Cagliari player in such list. Sirigu had a very strong outing as well, but Olsen just edges him thanks to a fantastic late save on Andrea Petagna, where he threw himself in front of the striker to deny a clear-cut opportunity. It is not outlandish to think that he will supplant Alessio Cragno.

Faouzi Ghoulam (7 points): only one defender scored in this matchday, Fiorentina’s German Pezzella, but they conceded once, therefore the three spots are reserved to members of the teams that blanked their opponents. Ghoulam played just a handful of minutes but picked up an assist with a venomous corner kick towards the far post, which was successful met by Hirving Lozano for the two-nil against Verona.

Leonardo Bonucci (5 points): if Juventus managed to shut down almost entirely a usually sprightly Bologna side, most of the credit goes to their star-studded duo of centre-backs, as both Bonucci and Matthijs De Ligt had impeccable performances and held in check their direct foes throughout the night.

Armando Izzo (5 points): the Torino back-line has finally started to look like its 2018/2019 self, when it was one of the most reliable in the Peninsula, after the long lockdown and the gritty Izzo has resumed making energetic and morale-boosting plays all over the pitch.

Hirving Lozano (6 points): similar to Ghoulam, he surely made the most of his limited playing time by punching it in from close range, scoring his first goal in seven months. A nice reaction after being recently reprimanded by the coach for lack of effort in practice and perhaps will manage to be a factor down the stretch after a bumpy ride until now.

Ruslan Malinovskyi (4 points): not only he bagged a pivotal goal in the Lazio clash, but he destroyed the net with a rocket from distance right in the top corner, just past the arm of Thomas Strakosha. He is another guy that could benefit from more frequent rotations and he is not short on talent.

Dejan Kulusevski (4 points): he bounced back from the dud versus Torino with a dominating performance against Genoa, where he run the show offensively for Parma and got his goal late with a deadly accurate lefty strike.

Hakan Calhanoglu (4 points): he did not score differently from the aforementioned players, but he pulled the strings versus Lecce, cunningly setting up two goals, the Samu Castillejo one with a perfect pass, then teeing up Ante Rebic with a gorgeous long ball from downtown to beat the offside trap.

Andreas Cornelius (16 points): he must have a personal vendetta against Genoa, because he has now tallied six of his 11 seasonal goals against the Grifone. He put on a proper finishing exhibition, finding the back of the net with two terrific shots and a header, making a fool of a pretty good defender such as Cristian Romero.

Edin Dzeko (8 points): speaking of spectacular finishes, Roma’s leader had a volley clinic against Sampdoria, powering his side’s comeback in a tougher-than-expected tilt. The first one, on a splendid chip over the top, was textbook, the second one more lowkey on a somewhat random longball, but even more meaningful result-wise.

Paulo Dybala (4 points): Malinovskyi outdid him when it comes to lefty darts, but his one that basically sealed the Bologna contest early was also pretty, also thanks to the elaborate interplay with Federico Bernardeschi that preceded it.

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