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

Serie A Fantasy Predictions – Round 2

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After some flashes in the first match day, the second one is more intriguing on paper.

Juventus-Lazio: the Old Lady had to toil to defeat Chievo, but the attack confirmed to be deep and hard to contain, even though few players had an off game, while the defence needs some fine-tuning. Cristiano Ronaldo was electric, but teammates had troubles finding him and Paulo Dybala and Douglas Costa suffered from the fact that the spaces were all clogged up. Among the forwards, Federico Bernardeschi certainly looked the most in-form. Perhaps things will be a little more open against better competition. The Portuguese was devastating on the wing, which is good news for Mario Mandzukic, his ideal partner in crime, and for Alex Sandro as well because he had much more room to operate. Continue reading

Serie A Club of the Round: Atalanta

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In a round where the top clubs mostly had troubles toppling their respective opponents, the most impressive team was surely Atalanta, which manhandled Frosinone on Monday night. The Orobici and Empoli were the only two sides to score multiple goals while keeping a clean sheet.

Gian Piero Gasperini will not have Josip Ilicic for a while, so he opted for the lineup he has been fielding in Europa League with limited rotation. Berat Djimsiti played over both Gianluca Mancini and José-Luis Palomino in the defence and Musa Barrow won the duel with Duvan Zapata up front, with Mario Pasalic in the hole. Continue reading

Serie A Team of the Week – Round 1

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The first round had few surprises, let’s take a look at the best performers.

Andrea Consigli (7 points): four teams kept a clean sheet, only Roma among the top clubs but Robin Olsen did not have a great debut, then SPAL and Empoli, so Alfred Gomis and Pietro Terracciano, two back-up goalie on paper, earned the same amount of points as Sassuolo’s #1. Consigli gets the nod because he had the most difficult match-up and preserved the result late with an exceptional diving save on a close-range header. Continue reading

Atalanta acquire Duvan Zapata from Sampdoria

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Duvan Zapata is on the move again: Atalanta signed him from Sampdoria on a €14M two-year loan with €12M option to buy, which is just a gambit to water down the instalments. The Colombian spent just a year with the Blucerchiati, which paid €17M to have him from Napoli. The 27-year-old striker had offers from China, but opted to stay in Serie A.

It is an unusual signing for the Goddess, that usually prefer to bring in young and unknown prospects rather than already established players, but they had a smashing success with a similar acquisition last summer, Josip Ilicic from Fiorentina, and they are certainly hoping to replicate that. Continue reading