Matchday nine is officially upon us with a number of intriguing matchups on deck. League leaders Milan take on Fiorentina, while the high-flying Sassuolo will host a struggling Inter side. Elsewhere, reigning champions Juventus take on the newly-promoted Benevento and will be hoping to continue their recent resurgence.
Here are three players you might want to add to your fantacalcio sides ahead of the upcoming matchday:
Alex Sandro – Juventus (4.5): The Brazilian has returned to action after his long injury layoff, and is slowly establishing himself as a starter in Andrea Pirlo’s new-look Juventus. Equally comfortable a left wingback as he is at left centerback, expect Alex Sandro to feature prominently this season. The former Porto man most recently made his Champions League debut against Ferencvaros, marauding the left flank at will.
As he looks to put his injury problems behind him, Sandro will be hoping to reach his former heights. With Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini sidelined for the foreseeable future, Alex Sandro should get regular minutes. At 4.5 million euros, adding the leftback to your team is a no brainer.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan – Roma (4.5): The Armenian international has taken Serie A by storm this season, propelling Roma into an unlikely title race after eight matchdays. Mkhitaryan has hit the ground running this year, netting five goals and four assists to kick off the season, emerging as a catalyst in the final third for Roma.
The former Manchester United man was at the heart of the action in Roma’s most recent triumph in the Europa League, drawing a penalty. Jordan Veretout converted with great aplomb from the spot, leading Roma to an important three points. As the Giallorossi travel to Napoli to take on Gennaro Gattuso’s men, Mkhitaryan will need to be at his best this weekend.
Much like Sandro, the 31-year-old represents a low-cost option that will likely generate a number of fantacalcio points. Include him in your sides before his price skyrockets! On current form, it is only a matter of time.
Aleksey Miranchuk - Atalanta (5.5): The 25-year-old has taken time to adapt to Atalanta’s setup, but is starting to make an impact in Bergamo. Miranchuk already has two goals to his name in under 50 minutes of action and is ready to stake his claim for a bigger role within Gian Piero Gasperini’s side.
Atalanta’s offensive ranks may be congested at the moment, with Duvan Zapata, Papu Gomez, and Josip Ilicic the preferred starters, but Miranchuk will have his opportunity to impress. Atalanta’s upcoming clash against Hellas Verona is a good chance for Gasperini to rotate his men and give Miranchuk some meaningful minutes. Gli Orobici are coming off a big win against Liverpool in midweek and will be hoping to give their starters some rest ahead of the final two matchdays.
The Russian international has impressed in his limited supersub appearances and should get the nod against Verona on Sarturday. At 5.5. million euros, Miranchuk is good value for money; especially in a free-scoring Atalanta side.
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