Serie A Fantasy Predictions – Round 2

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After some flashes in the first match day, the second one is more intriguing on paper.

Juventus-Lazio: the Old Lady had to toil to defeat Chievo, but the attack confirmed to be deep and hard to contain, even though few players had an off game, while the defence needs some fine-tuning. Cristiano Ronaldo was electric, but teammates had troubles finding him and Paulo Dybala and Douglas Costa suffered from the fact that the spaces were all clogged up. Among the forwards, Federico Bernardeschi certainly looked the most in-form. Perhaps things will be a little more open against better competition. The Portuguese was devastating on the wing, which is good news for Mario Mandzukic, his ideal partner in crime, and for Alex Sandro as well because he had much more room to operate. Continue reading

Serie A Fantasy Predictions – Week 1

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Serie A is finally here after a compelling transfer market window.

Chievo-Juventus: Cristiano Ronaldo will debut in Verona, a city where the Old Lady has had a lot of success, winning in the last six trips. There is obviously a lot of curiosity to see how Massimiliano Allegri will feature the Portuguese ace and whether he will be quick to adapt to the new scenario. Paulo Dybala and Douglas Costa have looked good in pre-season, while Mario Mandzukic was late to the party. Continue reading

Serie A Weekly News Recap

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The transfer market formally opened this week and so a flurry of moves were made official. Gianluigi Buffon joined PSG; Inter signed Stefan De Vrij and Kwadwo Asamoah on free transfers and acquired Lautaro Martinez from Racing; Milan brought in Pepe Reina, Ivan Strinic and Alen Halilovic without paying anything.

Napoli announced the arrivals of Alex Meret and Orestis Karnezis from Udinese and Fabian Ruiz from Real Betis, for whom they paid around €30M. Sampdoria have bought Jakub Jankto from Udinese, who totalled nine goals and 12 assists over the last two seasons with the Zebrette. Continue reading

Inter sign Stefan De Vrij, Kwadwo Asamoah and Lautaro Martinez

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With the official start of the transfer market, the League’s site has made official a bunch of deals, among those the free transfers of Stefan De Vrij and Kwadwo Asamoah to Inter, which the club secured months ago. The former Lazio has penned a five-year contract, the ex-Juventus a three-year one.

De Vrij leaves the Biancocelesti after four seasons, where he racked up 118 appearances and scored ten times. He quickly asserted himself as one of the most polished and complete centre-backs in Serie A after his €7M move from Feyenoord. Continue reading

Serie A Best Team to Pick – Round 28

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Here’s the list of the proposed players to pick ahead of the next Serie A round.

Alex Meret: his return from sports hernia surgery has not gone swimmingly, with several goals conceded, due to the weakness of Spal’s back-line and a pair of blunders, but he had a good showings in the last two games and Sassuolo have scored only five times so far in home games.

Kwadwo Asamoah: Alex Sandro is suspended and so it will be the Ghanaian fullback’s turn to attack down the left flank against Udinese. Juventus’ defence has been airtight in the last two months.

Cristiano Biraghi: he has found the back of the net in the last home game, where he benefitted from playing in a more advanced position. That might happen again in the Benevento game, it also helps that the guests have yet to collect a single point on the road so far this season. Continue reading

Serie A Fantasy Game Predictions – Round 28

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Serie A returns on the pitch with a heavy heart: the upcoming round is headlined by Inter-Napoli.

Roma-Torino: the Giallorossi will try to carry on their good momentum after a terrific win at San Paolo. While they have an elite road record, they have not been as convincing at home lately, but the last result could propel them. Patrik Schick is set to start because Edin Dzeko is suspended and he will try to turn his season around. Cengiz Under is undoubtedly the most appealing option, recently also Diego Perotti has had some decent showings, but there could be some rotation ahead to the midweek game against Shakhtar Donetsk: Lorenzo Pellegrini and Stephan El Shaarawy are always pretty active when fielded. Torino will try to bounce back after two straight losses: Andrea Belotti has shown signs of his best self, while Iago Falque has been their best contributor so far this season. Both him and Adem Ljajic are ex-Roma players and Eusebio Di Francesco’s back-line has been less stout than usual recently.

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Serie A Fantasy Picks – Week 12

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Exploiting favorable match-ups is always a good idea when picking the lineup. Continue reading

Best Defenders in Serie A – Week 10

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In Week 10, two defenders separated themselves from the rest of the pack, while there is a plethora of players tied for second place. Continue reading