Serie A Club of the Round – Roma

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Three perfect results in this long Serie A weekend, by Milan, against Cagliari, Juventus, versus Sassuolo, and by Roma in Verona. While the Bianconeri had the toughest opponent, the Giallorossi were the ones that risked less defensively and therefore they are the pick for the club of the week.

They were coming off two draws in Serie A, against Atalanta and Milan. Eusebio Di Francesco did not really rotate the squad despite the upcoming Champions League with Porto and only rested Daniele De Rossi among the projected starters, who however is not quite ready to play twice in a row after a tough knee injury. Continue reading

Serie A Player Status Updates – Round 3

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Juventus:  Miralem Pjanic is fine after subbing off in the second half last week, Mattia De Sciglio might be able to make the squad list.

Napoli: Mario Rui is expected to recover from the little muscular problem he had against Milan, while Fabian Ruiz remains questionable due to muscle fatigue. Alex Meret (arm) is unlikely to play, but he is close to returning.

Roma:  Alessandro Florenzi suffered a knee trauma, but it is nothing major. He, Diego Perotti, still dealing with an ankle sprain, and Antonio Mirante, for some neck pain, have been ruled out for the Milan game. Continue reading

Serie A Best Team To Pick – Round 32

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A titillating Serie A round is coming up, here are the suggested players to select.

Antonio Mirante: Bologna are not the most trustworthy team, but Verona have failed to score in their last four away games, so he could be a decent pick. His season has been solid but unspectacular as usual.

Cristiano Biraghi: Fiorentina have kept five clean sheets in the last six outings and they will take on Spal this week, which is a gutsy team but not certainly an untameable beast. He is also no stranger to doing damage on offence.

Daniele Rugani: the Juventus back-line has conceded in the last two games, but they have allowed only five goals so far at home and they will face Sampdoria, which is surely less-than-formidable on the road. He has been dependable this season and he could get a chance to start in the midst of a busy stretch of the schedule. In fact, any Bianconero defender is worth considering.

Ervin Zukanovic: the Bosnian centre-back is having an OK season and Genoa will face Crotone, which are suspect on the road.

Adem Ljajic: the Serbian attacker has won the coach over and he has been extremely effective lately, either scoring or assisting in the last three games. Their three-headed attack is humming. Torino will visit the floundering Chievo on Saturday.

Dries Mertens: he is a in little scoring slump, but he will try to snap out of it in San Siro against Milan, which will be without their starting pair of centre-backs Leonardo Bonucci and Alessio Romagnoli.

Luis Alberto: he has put his name in the scoresheet in the last two showings and assisted against Bologna, so he has stayed prolific despite the dualism with Felipe Anderson. Roma’s defence has not been as staunch as at the beginning of the year lately.

Nicolò Barella: Cagliari will challenge the wavering Udinese, which have lost eight straight matches, in a key match-up. The youngster has been one of the few bright spots for the Sardinian this season

Giovanni Simeone: the determined striker has found the net in three straight matches, with some great goals as well. Spal’s defence is rather permissive and he can definitely be streaky.

Paulo Dybala: he is coming off a hat-trick in Benevento and he is a lock to start due to the suspension in the Champions League. He has recorded seven goals in the last six matches, finally looking like himself after a hamstring injury.

Matteo Politano: he is leading the charge for Sassuolo in a crucial part of the season and he has bagged two goals in the last three games, against very worthy opponents. This time, he will go against Benevento, which have lost every single road game so far this season, conceding a bunch of goals.

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Best Serie A Club of the Week – Round 17

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There were four contenders for Serie A club of the week in the last round: Hellas Verona and Udinese came away with stunning wins over the Milan clubs, while Napoli and Juventus had dominating performances against Torino and Bologna. Continue reading