Just one Serie A representative in this month’s EFL Team of the Month, so the pick for best player of the last 30 months is naturally Fiorentina’s midfielder Jordan Veretout, who brought home a hefty 25 points in the last six matches. Despite playing one more round than most of the other leagues, the top strikers missed the cut and the closest ones were actually Benevento’s Cheick Diabate and Udinese’s Kevin Lasagna.
The Viola came in hot in April, riding a four-game winning streak, and prevailed in the first two matches against Udinese and Roma, both with a two-nil result. The midfielder netted his first goal of a very prolific month against the Zebrette with a terrific solo action after dispossessing an opponent in advantageous position. Continue reading →
The wheel keeps spinning in Serie A, so it is already time to take a look at the games of the upcoming round, which features the much-anticipated clash of the titans between Juventus and Napoli.
Spal-Roma: the Estensi have not lost in over two months and have drawn in their last six matches. They are a very tenacious and well-organized side, however the lack of a goal poacher makes them a little bland in the fantasy game as they rely mostly on random goals and stout defending. It’s a formula that works, though. The Wolf resumed winning midweek against Roma and Cengiz Under hit the net after a while. Continue reading →
Two rounds this week, which makes the selections a more difficult. Here are the recommended players to pick.
Alisson: his play has not been always superhuman lately, but, among the top defences, Roma have the most favourable schedule tas they host Genoa and then visit Spal, which are pretty lousy offensively.
Joao Cancelo: he continues to be one of the few consistent players at Inter and has also been used in a more offensive position. The Nerazzurri will take on the low-wattage attacks of Cagliari and Chievo in the next seven days.
There was a good amount of drama in the last round, particularly in Napoli’s late win and in a pair of clashes in the relegation zone, but the marquee game, Sampdoria-Genoa, was a dud, so the weekly shout-out goes to the highest scoring match: Benevento-Juventus.
The Sanniti were coming off a commanding win over Verona, where they confirmed their strength at home, but unfortunately they basically would have to win out to hope to avoid relegation, but they are too poor on the road. Juventus were looking to bounce back after a very disappointing result in the first leg against Real Madrid.
Few players took advantage of the double duty last week, but a couple others managed to sneak into the Serie A Team of the Week despite playing just one game.
Marco Sportiello: Fiorentina impressively managed to keep two clean sheets, one rather comfortably against Udinese, while the other was much more difficult, at Olimpico against Roma, where they were helped by the woodwork. Sportiello was the only one to do that this week and so his 14 points separated him from the pack.
An interesting Serie Around is coming up, let’s take a look at the most intriguing matches.
Benevento-Juventus: even though they are too far away from the positions that would allow them to avoid the drop, the Sanniti always perform well in front of their crowd, having won four of their last six games here. They were defeated only by Napoli and by Cagliari after a late comeback by the opponents. The Bianconeri quickly returned to winning ways after drawing against Spal as they defeated Milan last Saturday, helped by Sami Khedira and Juan Cuadrado. Continue reading →
Here is the best XI from the last round of Serie A, which features several surprises.
Alisson: he was again a big part of Roma’s win with a pair of excellent interventions, especially coming out of the goal. His confidence is skyrocketing and he proved to be a true sweeper-keeper. He collected seven points thanks to the clean sheet.
Alex Sandro: he was used as a winger due to the emergency in Juventus’ attack and he delivered: not only he was a nuisance down the flank, but he also scored the game winning-goal with a movement and a finish worthy of a seasoned striker. He was the top earner this week with nine points. Continue reading →
In a Serie Around 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 →