Serie A Fantasy Preview – Round 36 – Early Games


Milan: the Rossoneri came out on top again versus Sassuolo, exploiting the one-man advantage like the veteran team they are. Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted a brace to snap out of a short slump and Hakan Calhanoglu continued to do his thing with two more assists. The Turk has been raining hellfire for a while now, while Ante Rebic’s scoring binge has abated a little bit, but he obviously remains a strong option. They will not have two key men in Ismael Bennacer and Theo Hernandez and their replacements are not on the fantasy radar. Alexis Saelemaekers and Franck Kessie also found the target recently, but in easier match-ups. Giacomo Bonaventura has picked up few bonuses but he is a risky play because of his sporadic minutes.

Suggested picks: Calhanoglu, Ibrahimovic, Rebic.

Atalanta: the Orobici have not been at the peak of their powers over the last two rounds, as they notched just two goals, but they are obviously always a threat. They are dealing with some physical problems of their own, as Duvan Zapata picked up a knock and the timetable for Josip Ilicic’s return is uncertain. But they are deep and Zapata might just play through it: while he scored versus Verona, the other Colombian forward came through off the bench against Bologna, Luis Muriel. Ruslan Malinovskyi and Mario Pasalic instead feasted over Brescia, but their relevancy depends on the amount of playing time. Robin Gosens might have his way down the left flanks, while Alejandro Gomez has been a little muted over the last four or five tilts.

Suggested picks: Muriel, Zapata, Gosens.


Brescia: despite facing the leaky Lecce, they once again struggled on the road even though Daniele Dessena bundled it over the line on a corner kick. They relegation is now mathematical so there could be some funny business going on. At home they had done okay versus opponents that were not insurmountable. If they go with the standard configuration, Alfredo Donnarumma and Ernesto Torregrossa are clearly their go-to-guys, while Jaromir Zmrhal and Nikolas Spalek have both found the target recently. Otherwise, Florian Aye could be worth a flier, but they are quite clearly a stay-away given the situation.

Suggested picks: Donnarumma, Torregrossa, Zmrhal.

Parma: Roberto D’Aversa rested his cornerstones initially against Napoli and Gianluca Caprari took advantage of that with a PK. Then it was their brightest talent who willed them to victory, Dejan Kulusevski, who hit the net after five rounds. Gervinho scored in the previous game and also Roberto Inglese, even though he is not seeing a full load of minutes, could be intriguing thanks to the plum match-up. With Juraj Kucka and Hernani banged up and Gaston Brugman suspended, the only interesting midfielder is Jasmin Kurtic, who has found the target in half of his last four appearances. Caprari is on the radar as well should he get another start since he has been the best in their crop of back-ups.

Suggested picks: Kulusevski, Gervinho, Inglese.


Genoa: the resilient Grifone continue to do just enough to take home absolutely massive points and replicated that versus Sampdoria, where Domenico Criscito converted his eight PK and Lukas Lerager posted his first goal of the season. He is suspended for this one though and the midfield is ravaged by injuries, so Filip Jagiello, who was involved in a pair of goals in the last two outings, should remain relevant. While Andrea Pinamonti and Iago Falque have been heavily leaned upon, the most recent goal by an attacker was actually scored by Antonio Sanabria, who is however dinged up. Goran Pandev bagged one two rounds ago and he tends to get up in big games.

Suggested picks: Pandev, Pinamonti, Jagiello.

Inter: Inter could not crack Fiorentina’s defensive castle despite being pretty much at full force and creating a bunch of chances. Romelu Lukaku and Christian Eriksen had okay displays, while Alexis Sanchez and Lautaro Martinez could not get much going and now they are slowed down by the duel between each other. The Chilean has been more consistent. Their wing-backs have outplayed their midfielders fantasy-wise as Antonio Candreva, Ashley Young and Cristiano Biraghi have been able to accrue some bonuses, but a lot depends on who is getting the nod.

Suggested picks: Lukaku, Sanchez, Eriksen.


Napoli: Lorenzo Insigne buried a PK but for the most part they did not create much against Parma as they lacked a reference point in the middle of the attack and Hirving Lozano and Matteo Politano could not play that position properly. That will not be an issue here as Arkadiusz Milik is back from a suspension, while Dries Mertens is nursing a small injury and will be treated carefully. Both strikers have been able to do damage when called upon. José Callejon will likely be back in the XI here and he has been one of their best contributors after the resumption. Piotr Zielinski could be re-energized from a day off and it could Elijf Elmas’ turn to see major minutes, over Fabian Ruiz, and he is generally pretty lively.

Suggested picks: Insigne, Milik, Callejon.

Sassuolo: a red card undercut them in the second half versus Milan, while in the first one Francesco Caputo notched another one through a PK and he is now up to 19 in the season, a terrific haul. Jeremie Boga subbed off and will likely be spared, Lukas Haraslin has been pretty boom-or-bust when deployed, perhaps they will go with Filip Djuricic as winger, which would allow either Hamed Traore or Giacomo Raspadori to be in the XI. The two youngsters have looked pretty good in their recent stints. Before the last game, Berardi had found the target in three in a row. Rogerio has been surprisingly devastating on the left flank.

Suggested picks: Caputo, Berardi, Djuricic.

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