The last week prior to the official start of the transfer market was understandably quiet: Sampdoria pulled off the most interesting move by adding another talented youngster, Gonzalo Maroni from Boca Juniors, who can feature in few positions up front and has the potential to be electric. Genoa made a sizeable investment to have Andrea Pinamonti from Inter, who had a very promising rookie season in Frosinone and is set to be their featured guy up front moving forward. Fiorentina are giving the keys to their goal to Barlomiej Dragowki, who blossomed in Empoli last season, and thus sent Alban Lafont to Nantes on a two-year loan. Sassuolo permanently signed left back Rogerio from Juventus after the 18-month loan, Brescia did the same with Ales Mateju, who belonged to Brighton.
With La Liga taking a break for the next ten days, managers will be assessing their respective starts to the 2018-19 season.
Newly promoted Real Valladolid are sitting in 16th place, just above the relegation zone following their return to the top flight for the first time since 2014.
The big news surrounding the club has been their dodgy pitch and then their purchase by former Real Madrid and Brazilian superstar Ronaldo, who made a big money investment to become majority shareholder.
Reviews of their performances have been mixed, particularly as they have faced a relatively tough run of fixtures to start the new season, with ties against Girona, Barcelona and Getafe.
The primary issue they have faced is a lack of attacking power – with no goals scored yet for the Leon-based side.
There are a pair of key injured players to keep an eye on ahead of the next Serie A round.
Napoli: Marek Hamsik was subbed off at halftime last week because of some back pain, but he played in Europa League. Raul Albiol missed the last three games because of muscle fatigue, but he could return on Sunday. On the other hand, Vlad Chiriches will be sidelined for a couple of weeks by a pulled hamstring. Arek Milik is progressing in his rehab protocol, but Faouzi Ghoulam had a big setback, even though unrelated to the previous ACL tear: he fractured his patella and had to undergo surgery; per the club statement, he will resume practicing in a month and it will be awhile before he plays in an official game. Continue reading
The Serie A games this week spread from Friday to Monday. Napoli-Juventus is obviously the most anticipated one, but there are few interesting match-ups. Here are the striker picks.
Little may have changed at the top of the Serie A league table, with only the top three winning their games from all teams in the top seven, but there were a few standout performances from strikers in the Italian top flight.
Things are starting to look incredibly tight at the top of Serie A. Continue reading