Serie A Fantasy Game Predictions – Round 38


Let’s take a look at the most interesting games of the conclusive round.

Cagliari-Atalanta: the Sardinians are one point above Spal and Crotone and would be safe with a win, however Orobici are on the hunt for points that could allow them to leapfrog Milan and avoid the long Europa League playoff next summer. After some disappointing performances, Cagliari came to life in Florence with a key victory. The Goddess have not lost in their last seven matches. Continue reading

Serie A Game of the Week – Round 27: Crotone vs Lazio

Soccer: Serie A; Crotone-Lazio

Rather unsurprisingly, the best match of the last round was one of the few were both teams had something to fight for: Crotone-Lazio, which was exhilarating up until the final whistle.

The Sharks came into the game looking to atone for last week’s tough loss to a direct rival, Chievo Verona. On the other hand, the Biancocelesti had not lost since late February and were coming off a draw with Atalanta.  Continue reading

Serie A Player Status Updates – Round 34


Some of the most recognizable players risks being out in the upcoming round, here are the updates on everybody’s conditions.

Juventus: Miralem Pjanic is trying to recover for the big match against Napoli after skipping one due to a hamstring contracture and there are good chances he will be able to. Same for Mario Mandzukic, who was unavailable in Crotone due to gastroenteritis. Stefano Sturaro has a sore Achilles tendon, Mattia De Sciglio is out with a foot injury.

Napoli: no problems for the Partenopei, other than Faouzi Ghoulam who has been out for a while with a patella fracture.  Continue reading

Serie A Fantasy Game Predictions – Round 33


Let’s take a look at the top five games of the midweek round.

Inter-Cagliari: the Nerazzurri have failed to win and to score in their last three outings, but had pretty good chances in all three of them, so it is likely just a temporary issue. What is persistent, though, is that they are getting next to nothing offensively from players not named Ivan Perisic and Mauro Icardi. The Sardinians are coming off a monumental win over Udinese after three straight losses and they are now much more tranquil in the standings. Continue reading

Serie A Player Status Updates – Round 32


Here are the latest updates on few players’ conditions heading into the next Serie A matchday.

Juventus:  Mattia De Sciglio was taken out of the Real Madrid match due to an apparent plantar fascia lesion that will require further testing. Federico Bernardeschi and Andrea Barzagli are working their way back from a knee sprain and an abdominal strain and practiced partially this week, but they will likely not be available this week.

Napoli: Mario Rui is suspended, no other absentees other than the usual one, Faouzi Ghoulam.

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Serie A Player Status Updates – Round 31


Once again the conditions of some of Serie A’s top players need to be monitored entering the next round.

Juventus: Andrea Barzagli suffered an abdominal injury against Real Madrid and he could miss one or two weeks. Federico Bernardeschi is again not in the squad list, even though he is close.

Napoli: Raul Albiol and Jorginho are suspended and Faouzi Ghoulam is out with a fibula fracture. Lorenzo Tonelli is a little banged up, while Vlad Chiriches was called up last week after a six-week absence due to a hamstring injury.

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Serie A Player Status Updates – Round 30


The international break was not that beneficiary for injury recoveries: here are the latest updates.

Juventus: Alex Sandro and Sami Khedira got hurt with their national teams: the muscular injury of the Brazilian left back is believed to be more serious and he will miss the Milan game, while the midfielder has a bruised knee, but he is availableJuan Cuadrado will return on the bench after sports hernia surgery, while Federico Bernardeschi will be available next week and he will not require knee surgery. Mario Mandzukic did not make the squad list due to a last-minute contusion. 

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Serie A Fantasy Game Predictions – Round 29


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.

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Serie A Game of the Week – Round 25: Benevento vs Crotone


In a Serie A round that included some anticipated match-ups such as the Derby della Mole between Torino and Juventus, the bout for the sixth place between Sampdoria and Milan and an intriguing tilt between Atalanta and Fiorentina, the most hard-fought and high scoring game ended up being the battle for survival featuring Benevento and Crotone.

The Sanniti had won two games at home before running into Napoli, while Crotone were coming off four positive results: the commanding win against Verona and the three straight draws with Cagliari, Inter and Atalanta. Continue reading

Serie A Player Status Updates – Round 17


As always, busy times ahead for Serie A medical staff and clinics as they try to help the injured players recover. Continue reading