Juventus: Aaron Ramsey skipped the Wales game after picking up an injury while warming up during the Inter game, but there is not much concern and he should be available in the weekend. Danilo and Mattia De Sciglio have recovered from their thigh strain, while Douglas Costa is still practicing on his own. Mattia Perin has resumed practicing after off-season shoulder injury.
Inter: Alexis Sanchez underwent surgery to repair some torn peroneal tendons in the left ankle and will miss up to three months. Danilo D’Ambrosio fractured a toe while with Italy and should be out for four weeks. Continue reading →
Juventus: Cristiano Ronaldo remains on the mend, Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukicjoined him due to a calf ailment and the flu. No recoveries among their long-term injured players.
Napoli: Dries Mertens suffered a blow to the tibia against Roma, while Elseid Hysaj has some muscle fatigue: they are questionable but they have been called up. Lorenzo Insigne is not expected to be back in this round, while David Ospinaremains sidelined with a head injury. Raul Albiol, Vlad Chiriches, Faouzi Ghoulam and Amadou Diawara remain out. Continue reading →
Wojciech Szczesny: the Juventus back-line has not been super robust in the last few games, so they will be looking to course correct against Empoli, which have had troubles producing on the road.
Jens Larsen: Udinese could benefit from the new coach’s bump against Genoa, which is not a particularly productive side anyway, while the Zebrette posted okay numbers at home. The fullback has often been able to pick up bonus points at the Friuli stadium. Continue reading →
Standings implications: Napoli were finally able to cut into Juventus’ lead atop of the standings, since they bludgeoned Sampdoria at home, while the Bianconeri squandered a two-goal lead versus Parma at the Stadium. Roma and Milan tied in a key match-up for the Champions League race and they both got closer to Inter, which dropped the ball at home versus Bologna. However, Atalanta and Lazio both closed the gap with their narrow wins on Monday. SPAL and Torino shared the spoils in what was fittingly the games with most fouls this season, while Empoli and Chievo did the same early on Saturday on a result that does not really help anybody. Ties galore on Sunday, as Genoa-Sassuolo and Udinese-Fiorentina both finished 1-1, slowing down the road teams in their quest for a Europa League berth. Continue reading →
Here are the best performers of the season finale.
Lukasz Skorupski: just four clean sheets in the last round, the spot goes to the talented Roma player, who denied Matteo Politano with a great save on a one-on-one. He will likely nab a starting job elsewhere next season.
Luca Ceppitelli: Cagliari’s centre-back was the only defender to score and keep a clean sheet, so he was the top earner with his nine points. He buried a typical header off a corner kick to secure the Sardinians’ permanence in Serie A. Continue reading →
Some of the big guns sputtered in Decembers, others had to deal with injuries, and so the Serie AFantasy Player of the Month award unusually goes to a defender, but, if you have been following the League, the team he comes from is not shocking at all, the red-hot Udinese: Silvan Widmer.