Serie A Round 3 Fantacalcio Player Trends: Stock Up

Wave goodbye to the dreaded (depending on who you ask) international break and welcome club football back into your lives this weekend.

Round 3 of the 2019/20 Serie A season does not quite measure up to Round 2 in terms of the matchups as it was ‘rivalry week’, but calcio fans should expect more of the same drama from early on in the campaign.

If you have joined one of our many ‘fantacalcio’ leagues hosted on the site, then you will want to brush up on who to consider adding to your respective rosters for this week based on what we have watched thus far.

Here are five players trending upward that you should look to add this weekend. Continue reading

Five takeaways from Italy’s latest Euro 2020 qualifiers

Italy wrapped up their latest set of Euro 2020 Group J qualifiers with a 2-1 victory Sunday evening over second-place Finland, with Ciro Immobile putting away his first goal for the Azzurri since September 2017 and Jorginho converting the decisive match-winner from the penalty spot.

With wins over Armenia and Finland, Roberto Mancini’s men maintained their perfect record in the qualifying phase with 6 victories and have moved closer to securing a spot in next summer’s competition.

Here are five takeaways from Italy’s latest matches. Continue reading

New season but same old Inter

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“Club: promises maintained, requests all respected. Boss and players: no excuses, no words… head down and win!” Those were the words of Inter’s fanatical Curva Nord support, who clearly believe that their beloved team is sufficiently well-equipped to mount a serious challenge to Juventus’ dominance of Serie A. Given how hard sporting director Piero Ausilio worked to add depth and quality to Luciano Spalletti’s squad, it is very hard to argue with their point of view. Continue reading

Familiar foe Mazzarri will not make life easy for Spalletti’s Inter

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Walter Mazzarri came in for plenty of criticism throughout his spell in charge of Inter between May 2013 and November 2014, with many of the club’s supporters expressing their dissatisfaction with what they perceived as defensive tactics. He had been brought in by then president Massimo Moratti as a safe pair of hands, following the failed experiment of entrusting rookie coach Andrea Stramaccioni with the task of managing an underperforming group of players. Continue reading

Restricting Belotti is pivotal to Inter’s chances of beating Torino

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If Luciano Spalletti and his Inter players want to be considered as genuine title contenders this season, they have no option but to clinch all three points against Walter Mazzarri’s well-drilled Torino side this weekend. That sounds like quite an ultimatum at this very early stage of the campaign, but is merely a consequence of the manner in which Juventus and Napoli came from behind to beat Chievo and Lazio on the opening matchday. Meanwhile, defeat to Sassuolo has already left Inter playing catch up behind their rivals. Continue reading