Following the important win against Sassuolo, after having drawn the previous two games, Milan have regained some confidence and will be looking to end 2020 with another win. On Wednesday evening, they will take on Lazio at the San Siro with only one goal in mind, as Inter are still just one point behind.
It certainly was crucial for Stefano Pioli’s men to get back to winning ways at the weekend, putting in a very good performance despite the tough injury situation. However, the test is far from over as the injury list now has a new name on it, at the time of writing (Tuesday evening). Continue reading →
Parma: they were pretty underwhelming in the Cagliari game, where Gervinho (four goals, one assist) confirmed to be in a pretty good run of form, but the prolonged drought of both Andreas Cornelius and Roberto Inglese is starting to hurt. The midfielders have picked up some of the slack, Hernani and Jasmin Kurtic in the particular as they have hit the net respectively three and two times, but it is not a sustainable model. Neither Yann Karamoh nor Juan Brunetta have fully exploited the increased role the coach has given them, maybe they will go with a more conservative option in this one since Juraj Kucka is available and he played in an attacking position in the past. However, he has not been convincing from the fantasy standpoint so far this season. Continue reading →
Atalanta: Aleksey Miranchuk has cleared the COVID protocol and has been called up.Mario Pasalicwill undergo sport-hernia surgery and return in January. Matteo Ruggeri (fatigue) and Josip Ilicic (strep throat) are questionable.
Benevento: Nicolas Viola has returned after some physical problems, while Gabriele Moncini (ankle), Christian Maggio(calf) and Luca Caldirola (knee) remain sidelined. Continue reading →
Udinese: the Argentinian trio led the charge again for the Bianconeri, as both Ignacio Pussetto and Rodrigo De Paul hit the net against Torino, Roberto Pereyra dished two assists and Ilija Nestorovski chipped in late with his first goal of the season. Some improvements also out of Gerard Deulofeu, who set up a teammate. Nestorovski and Deulofeu will remain relevant until Stefano Okaka and Kevin Lasagna fully return, while Pussetto has played himself into a starter’s role, especially given Lasagna’s struggles thus far. He and De Paul have both scored three times so far. Pereyra moved to five helpers thanks to the recent showing. The two wingbacks Jens Larsen and Marvin Zeegelaar are only midrange options. Continue reading →
Lazio: they had two sweat it out, but the Biancocelesti got the job done in Champions League, positively following up last weekend’s win over Spezia after a stumble. Ciro Immobile is returning to last year’s level of consistency and he is now up to 11 goals in 12 appearances between the two competitions. Joaquin Correa hit the net in Champions League, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic did it in Serie A (third goal) and the two have outperformed Luis Alberto so far, who continues to be their mastermind but as not been as prolific as in the past. Andreas Pereira was not great last week but had a late goal that was called back, while Felipe Caicedo is reportedly a little banged up, but this game might call for his late-game heroics. No bonuses for their wing-backs lately, even though Manuel Lazzari and Adam Marusic have been decently bubbly. Continue reading →
Spezia: after few convincing performances and a couple of assists, winger Emmanuel Gyasi finally scored against Cagliari, becoming their tenth player to find the target, which is not abnormal given the size of their roster. M’Bala Nzola converted a late PK for his third goal of the season and Andrej Galabinov will have his work cut out for him when he will eventually come back. Since Kevin Agudelo has been a little banged up and Daniele Verde is hurt, Diego Farias has completed the trident and, while he has been very lively, he has had some major misses. The teammate should be in better shape this week. It is instead uncertain whether Tommaso Pobega (two goals) will be able to return, so it could be again Nahuel Estevez and Giulio Maggiore playing as box-to-box and they interpret the role in dynamic fashion. Simone Bastoni continues to surprise and picked up his second assist in the past game, while Salvador Ferrer worked his way back into the XI after an injury and he is their most proactive right-back. Continue reading →
If anyone deserves a bit of festive cheer, it’s Simone Inzaghi.
It’s remarkable that the Biancocelesti boss has any of those luscious locks left on his head and hasn’t torn them out in frustration by now, because even by the standards of this most unpredictable and disrupted of seasons, he’s had a rough ride.
The 44-year-old came in for some criticism when Serie A returned after lockdown last season, as his side slipped from one point off top to fourth place.
He struggled to effectively rotate his squad and manage the energy levels of his key players as Lazio’s form nosedived.
The international break can often be a time of rest and recuperation for Serie A clubs. Not for Lazio.
Outside the gates of Formello, the investigation into the club’s handling of its Covid-19 testing continues to attract endless debate and speculation.
Inside, Luis Alberto’s public complaints about the club buying an aeroplane while not fully paying their players angered staff and fans alike.
On the pitch, Ciro Immobile finally returned to availability after eventually testing negative for the coronavirus, but the celebratory mood was soon dampened when the Serbian FA announced that Sergej Milinkovic-Savic picked up the virus on international duty. Continue reading →