The most balanced match-up of the next round is Sampdoria-Inter, but trap games are always around the corner in Serie A.
Spal-Juventus: the Bianconeri continue to rack up wins, they are now up to 12th in a row, and clean sheets as they got the job done against both Udinese and Atalanta and have created a four-point cushion over Napoli. However, the Estensi have been feisty lately, collecting seven points in their last three outings and sparking up the relegation race. Despite losing, they put up a great fight against Napoli at home back in Autumn. The return of Paulo Dybala has unlocked a new dimension in the Old Lady’s front-line, with Gonzalo Higuain and Douglas Costa both benefitting from it. Mirco Antenucci has been the most consistent contributor so far for the Biancazzurri, even though it is very tough to score on Juventus these days.
Sampdoria-Inter: the Blucerchiati laid a stinker in Crotone, but this season they have continuously been much better at home. They are now chasing Milan for sixth spot after occupying it for quite some time. The Nerazzurri have held in check Napoli in the last game, at San Siro, but they have not prevailed in the last five away matches. Duvan Zapata is in good form in the last month or so, Fabio Quagliarella has slowed down a little but his numbers remain great. Mauro Icardi has not found the bottom of the net in quite some time, also due to injury, and he is facing his former team. Ivan Perisic and Antonio Candreva’s play remains paltry, perhaps Luciano Spalletti should give more minutes to the slippery Yann Karamoh.
Crotone-Roma: the Sharks got back on track with a great win over Sampdoria after fumbling the matches with the rivals Benevento and Spal. Roma have won in five or their last six Serie A games, including the plunder of San Paolo, and they advanced in Champions League as well. It looks like Marcello Trotta just needed some job security to start delivering steadily, and the injury to Ante Budimir gives him just that, also Federico Ricci and Andrea Nalini could be dangerous should they have room to counter. The Wolf has an elite road record: Edin Dzeko is in incredible shape, Cengiz Under has carried them for quite some time and also Radja Nainggolan’s form is improving dramatically in the hottest time of the year.
Lazio-Bologna: the Biancocelesti did not perform up to their level in Cagliari, perhaps they were tired after the Europa League clash. The situation is not much diverse this weekend, but this time they play at home against the seesawing Bologna, which are roaming around with no clear objective due to their position in the standings. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is a little hurt and Luis Alberto might play in the midfield rather than as no.10: Felipe Anderson and the usual suspect Ciro Immobile are the best picks as far as the Eagles go. The fantasy stud Simone Verdi has not been the same since returning for injury and Mattia Destro has always been up-and-down and he was benched last week. Perhaps Rodrigo Palacio will inject some energy into the Rossoblù.
Napoli-Genoa: the Partenopei will try to get back on track after two unsatisfactory results, which cleared the way for Juventus to go top of the league. The two slipups came in big matches, but they have been a machine against the minnows. Genoa are a solid team, but they are in good enough position to not be too worried about getting points in every game. Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne continue to carry the biggest load offensively for the Azzurri, with José Callejon and Marek Hamsik chipping in from time to time. Their back-line could be worthy of consideration because the Griffon is not an explosive side, but they are getting a lot out of Goran Pandev. Giuseppe Rossi might be a surprise pick.
Do you have what it takes to challenge the best Serie A Fantasy Managers? If you’re up for it play www.seriea-fantasy.com now!