Serie A Round 12 Fantacalcio Player Trends: Stock Up

We are rapidly approaching the winter months of the 2019/20 Serie A season, and with this, are nearly a 1/3rd of the way through. This is the point in the campaign where we begin to learn who should be taken seriously as contenders, and who should perhaps be dismissed as pretenders in the race for European qualification.

Last week saw plenty of notable outcomes that changed the shape of the table, including Roma’s 2-1 win over Napoli at the Stadio Olimpico, as well as Cagliari shooting into 4th with a 2-0 victory away versus Atalanta. With these results came plenty of standout performers, several of which you may want to consider adding to your fantacalcio rosters this weekend.

Here are five players to look at for round 12. Continue reading

Serie A Round 9 Fantacalcio Player Trends: Stock Up

Round 9 of the 2019/20 Serie A season is upon us after what was an exhilarating, goal-packed round 8 last weekend off the international break.

Lazio and Atalanta played to a six-goal thriller in which the former overturned a three-goal deficit to pick up a point at home. Sassuolo and Inter saw seven fly into the net while Parma ambushed a free-falling Genoa side 5-1 which resulted in Aurelio Andreazzoli’s sacking and Thiago Motta’s hiring.

If last weekend was any indication of where this season is trending, then surely more drama lurks around the corner this matchday.

Here are five selections for you to consider bolstering your fantacalcio roster with. Continue reading

What to Watch For in Serie A: Round 8

Round 8 sees a jam-packed schedule of Serie A fixtures coming our way out of the international break, with plenty of fascinating storylines to sort through.

Let’s break down what you should be watching for this weekend around Italy’s top flight. Continue reading

Serie A Round 8 Fantacalcio Player Trends: Stock Up

Another international break has come and gone, with Italy, Poland and Spain among the nations to qualify for next summer’s 2020 UEFA European Championship. But, now, it’s back business for club football on Italian soil as we prepare for round 8 this weekend.

Lazio-Atalanta, on paper, promises to be the round’s marquee matchup. Yet, there are a slew of fixtures that have the potential to provide more upsets early on in the campaign, a ton of goals and standout fantacalcio performances.

Here are five players you will want to consider adding to your roster ahead of the weekend. Continue reading

Italy 2-0 Greece Euro 2020 Qualifying: The Azzurri player ratings

Italy have done it! After the 2018 World Cup qualifying disaster, Roberto Mancini and his reborn Azzurri have officially qualified for next summer’s Euro 2020 with a 2-0 win over Greece.

Jorginho and Federico Bernardeschi goals sealed a hard fought win over a compact, organized Greece side, making it a perfect 7 wins from 7 in Group J play.

Here are the player ratings for the Italians. Continue reading

Italy boss Roberto Mancini spoiled for choice in the midfield

The biggest talking point in Italy camp this international break is, ahead of two Euro 2020 qualifiers, how a berth can be achieved in this round, and with two matches to spare.

Since day 1 on the job for CT Roberto Mancini after the sacking of Gian Piero Ventura, clinching a spot in this tournament was deemed the first step in the Azzurri’s restoration project towards a revival to reclaim what was once theirs – a seat at the adult table with the world’s powers.

Sitting comfortable and cozy atop the Group J table with a perfect 6-0 record, the Italians have been elevated all over the pitch through some impressive performances, though it would be remiss to not hone in on the special happenings which lie in the midfield. Continue reading

What to Watch For: Torino vs Napoli

Round 7 of the still young 2019/20 Serie A season is highlighted by the Derby d’Italia between first place Inter and reigning 8-time champions Juventus for what has already been confirmed to be a record-setting gate attraction for the affair, generating €6,5 million.

However, there are plenty of intriguing matches taking place elsewhere across the continent, including Turin where Walter Mazzarri’s Torino will host Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli.

Here are five things to watch for on Sunday. Continue reading

Serie A Round 7 Fantacalcio Player Trends: Stock Up

Last weekend in Round 6 of the 2019/20 Serie A season, the current league’s top six clubs in the table each pulled out victories, most notably Antonio Conte’s Inter making it a perfect six wins with their 3-1 result over cellar dweller Sampdoria at the Marassi.

Along with some positive results, there were plenty of notable performances accompanying them. Stefano Sensi and Alexis Sanchez ran the show for the Nerazzurri, with the Chilean bagging a brace before subsequently being sent off with a red card. Colombian striker Duvan Zapata and Papu Gomez also kept their hot starts rolling with a battering of Sassuolo 4-1.

For Round 7, there are plenty trending in the right direction, including several newcomers who have quickly risen to play key roles at their respective clubs.

Here are five individuals to consider for your fantacalcio rosters this weekend. Continue reading

Serie A Round 6 Fantacalcio Player Trends: Stock Up

Round 5 came and went, with several of the top clubs faltering in losing fashion.

Wednesday saw Roma suffer a 2-0 defeat to Gian Piero Gasperini’s Atalanta, while their city rival Lazio succumbed to Inter at San Siro with a 1-0 loss, further solidifying the Nerazzurri’s case as a title contender. While the biggest stunner was Cagliari taking all three points at the San Paolo from Napoli, Torino riding Andrea Belotti’s four minute brace to victory over an AC Milan side who controlled most of the match became the lasting memory from yet another eventful round of calcio. Now, it is time to set our sights on round 6.

Here are five players with increasing stock that you will want to consider for your fantacalcio squad this weekend. Continue reading

Napoli Player Ratings vs Cagliari

The Round 5’s biggest upset arrived in Naples Wednesday evening as substitute veteran Lucas Castro’s header in the 87th minute dealt Napoli a gutwrenching 1-0 defeat.

Spoiling far too much of their chances in the opposition‘s third, this one showed shades of the 2018/19 season for the Scudetto contenders as they too often struggled to pull ahead and put this one to bed. Throw in the fact both Juventus and Inter managed to come out with wins despite the quick turnaround in the schedule and this one will certainly leave a sour taste in Napoli’s mouth as they head into the next phase of the campaign.

Here are the player ratings for Carlo Ancelotti’s men in the defeat. Continue reading