Serie A Fantasy Predictions – Round 14

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The next Serie A slate is pretty tasty on paper.

Fiorentina-Juventus: the Viola are having a weird season. They started off decently, showing well especially at home, where they are still undefeated and have a sound defense, but they have struggled to score recently. They have not netted more than one since late September and they have drawn in their last five matches, against Cagliari, Torino, Roma, Frosinone and Bologna. On the other hand, the Old Lady is cruising with 12 wins in the year, four in a row after the tumble against Genoa, but it will be tested before the break. Fiorentina’s offensive problems stem primarily from Giovanni Simeone and Marko Pjaca’s poor form, as they have combined for just three goals so far. Federico Chiesa is always doing stuff, but he has not bagged many as well. Continue reading

Serie A Club of the Round – Atalanta

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There were a pair of dominant displays in the weekend, in particular by Roma and Atalanta, but since the score was the same, the Goddess gets the shout-out as they did it against a way more competitive team. They always seem to put up a good fight when facing Inter, but their performance on Sunday went beyond the rosiest expectation.

Gian Piero Gasperini mostly stuck with the XI that has been working lately, promoting Duvan Zapata after the deciding display against Bologna, with Alejandro Gomez in the hole and Josip Ilicic as second striker. Rafael Toloi was able to recover from an ankle roll and started, but bowed out before the end of the match. Continue reading

Serie A Fantasy Recap – Round 12

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There were certainly some surprising results in the last round before another international break.

Standings implications: Juventus bested Milan in the last Sunday game, while Napoli prevailed in the soggy battle in Genoa and have re-assumed sole control of the second place since Inter came crashing down hard in Bergamo. Roma finally put together a brilliant performance against the wheezing Sampdoria. Atalanta leapfrogged few teams in the Europa League race since Fiorentina conceded late and was held to yet another 1-1 tie in Frosinone and Parma snatched a quality road win versus Torino. Continue reading

Serie A Club of the Round – Atalanta

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Atalanta had won just in the first game prior to this weekend, against Frosinone, and had failed to score in five of the last six outings, where they were defeated four times. However, they snapped out of their slump and thoroughly dominated Chievo on Sunday, spoiling Gian Piero Ventura’s debut and earning the club of the week award.

Gian Piero Gasperini shook things up a little after the break, putting Josip Ilicic into the starting XI even though he had not done anything relevant so far and picking Musa Barrow over Duvan Zapata in the attack. Gianluca Mancini again filled in for the injured Andrea Masiello, while Hans Hateboer and Robin Gosens manned the flanks. Continue reading

Serie A Fantasy Predictions – Round 7

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A seminal Serie A weekend is approaching, featuring the Derby della Capitale and Juventus-Napoli.

Roma-Lazio: the Giallorossi shook off at least part of the negativity surrounding them by routing Frosinone on Wednesday, which is not particularly difficult these days, but they needed it. They had won just in the opening round. The Biancocelesti keep feasting on the minnows and are coming off four wins in a row. La Lupa has been so inconsistent so far, but 4-2-3-1 with Javier Pastore in the hole and Steven Nzonzi and Daniele De Rossi screening the defence might ultimately be the way to go, at least in big matches. Stephan El Shaarawy has been their most trustworthy player so far, but Cengiz Under broke through on Wednesday and he does not need a lot to get hot. Continue reading

Serie A Fantasy Picks – Round 6 & 7

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A two-game round is coming up, so it is better to play the hits rather than chasing longshots.

Emil Audero: Sampdoria have conceded the least goals so far, three, and the youngster certainly held his own. They have a reasonably favourable schedule, considering they will face Cagliari on the road, which will likely be without Leonardo Pavoletti and then will host SPAL.

Domenico Criscito: similarly to Blucerchiati, Genoa have two decent match-ups in the next four days, as they will face the sputtering Chievo at home and then pay a visit to the reeling Frosinone. The ex-Zenit has already picked up three assists. Continue reading

Serie A Game of the Round – Milan vs Atalanta

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The most enthralling game of the weekend was certainly Milan-Atalanta, which was hard fought until the final whistle. The Devil came into the game after a disappointing draw in Cagliari, where they did not play well and were lucky to come away with a point. Atalanta were eager to bounce back as well, since they were coming off two bitter losses to SPAL and Cagliari.

Gennaro Gattuso deployed his usual line-up, with Mateo Musacchio retaining his starting job because Mattia Caldara got hurt. Gian Piero Gasperini instead continued to tinker with his formation, sending out Mario Pasalic in the hole and Musa Barrow as centre-forward. Continue reading

Serie A Injury and Player Status Updates – Round 5

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Juventus: Sami Khedira and Mattia De Sciglio both pulled their hamstrings and are unlikely to be available for the upcoming three games. Douglas Costa was handed a four-game suspension in Serie A and got hurt in Valencia as well, but the test results have yet to be announced. Andrea Barzagli remains out with a calf problem.

Napoli: no significant updates on their long-term injured players, since Alex Meret and Faouzi Ghoulam are still working their way back from an arm and a kneecap fracture. Amin Younes could return sooner rather than later from an Achilles tear. Adam Ounas is out with muscle fatigue. Continue reading

Serie A Fantasy Game Predictions – Round 5

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There are not any mammoth clash this week, but a pair of match-up could turn to be very succulent.

Sampdoria-Inter: if it was not for the tumble they took in Udine in their season opener, the Blucerchiati would be regarded as one of the most impressive squads in Serie A, considering they how they dusted Napoli and Frosinone and came back against Fiorentina. Their attack is humming: Gregoire Defrel, Fabio Quagliarella, Gianluca Caprari and Dawid Kownacki have all already found the target at least once and the former Roma and Sassuolo striker is raining fire.  Continue reading

Serie A Player of the Month – Marco Benassi

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The first three weeks have been a little odd fantasy-wise as many of the most recognizable Serie A players underperformed. A clear signal of the fact that things are progressing in an awkward way is the fact that no striker is among the top earners so far. Atalanta’s ace Alejandro Gomez, SPAL’s goalie Alfred Gomis and Marco Benassi have been the best three players so far, collecting 14 points each.

The bubbly Argentinian gathered all his points in one scintillating performance against Frosinone, where he scored a brace and provided two assists. Continue reading