Serie A Round 22 Fantacalcio Player Trends: Stock Up

Ciao ragazzi! We are back to deliver more of the fantacalcio content you love and need ahead of round 22 Serie A action on the peninsula, but let’s briefly recap what happened last weekend.

AC Milan grinded out a 0-1 win over Brescia on the road, with super-sub Ante Rebic delivering yet again off the bench the decisive goal to seal the victory.

Atalanta thrashed Torino 0-7 on Saturday, with Josip Iličić stealing the show with an impressive hat-trick that included a goal from near midfield.

Radja Nainggolan returned to the San Siro to face his former club Inter, scoring a goal later in the second half to give Cagliari a point in a 1-1 draw. Roma and Lazio also played out to a 1-1 stalemate in their latest Derby della Capitale, with Thomas Strakosha and Pau Lopez each committing regretful errors which led to goals.

In the weekend finale, Napoli stunned league leaders Juventus with a 2-1 win at the San Paolo. Lorenzo Insigne and Piotr Zielinski each found the back of the net which held up in the end despite Cristiano Ronaldo striking for the eighth straight match.

Here are our five players to consider adding this week in fantacalcio. Continue reading

New AC Milan boss Pioli right to give Piatek another chance

Following a disappointing start to the season, Stefano Pioli has officially taken over from Marco Giampaolo, who had his job for just seven games. Next week, the first game under the new manager will take place, as Lecce will pay a visit to the San Siro. 

However, it remains to be seen which players Pioli will opt for in the starting eleven, especially up front. The other two departments, namely the defence and midfield, have more or less been decided already, at least so it seems. For the attack, on the other hand, it is different. Continue reading

Serie A Round 7 Fantacalcio Player Trends: Stock Up

Last weekend in Round 6 of the 2019/20 Serie A season, the current league’s top six clubs in the table each pulled out victories, most notably Antonio Conte’s Inter making it a perfect six wins with their 3-1 result over cellar dweller Sampdoria at the Marassi.

Along with some positive results, there were plenty of notable performances accompanying them. Stefano Sensi and Alexis Sanchez ran the show for the Nerazzurri, with the Chilean bagging a brace before subsequently being sent off with a red card. Colombian striker Duvan Zapata and Papu Gomez also kept their hot starts rolling with a battering of Sassuolo 4-1.

For Round 7, there are plenty trending in the right direction, including several newcomers who have quickly risen to play key roles at their respective clubs.

Here are five individuals to consider for your fantacalcio rosters this weekend. Continue reading

Rating the summer signings of AC Milan

The transfer market has finally come to an end, thankfully. After several months of rumours, AC Milan will now be able to focus fully on the season ahead. During the summer, the Rossoneri made a total of six signings for the first team, and down below are my ratings of them all. Continue reading

Feronikeli 0-2 AC Milan: Comfortable win as Giampaolo tests several players

AC Milan won their second to last game of the pre-season, taking on Feronikeli away from home in front of an enthusiastic crowd. After a slow start, the Rossoneri eventually scored twice through Borini and Suso, both of which have impressed thus far. 

Given the opponent, many expected the Rossoneri to score more goals. However, as Feronikeli decided to sit back and defend for almost the entire game, Milan initially struggled to break down their defensive line. Luckily, Suso broke the deadlock with a stunning free-kick, but it wasn’t until the second half that the possession looked more dangerous.

Before the final 45 minutes, Giampaolo decided to change more or less the entire eleven, bringing on A. Donnarumma, Conti, Musacchio, Strinic, Borini, Paqueta, Bonaventura, Piatek and Leao. As it happened, this decision paid off as the San Siro side immediately looked more threatening. Perhaps the home side got tired, but nevertheless, the second-half players impressed.

Thanks to brilliant work from the new signing Rafael Leao, who made his debut this evening, Borini was able to double the lead in the 58th minute. After that, Milan continued to create chances, coming close to a third as Conti hit the bar with a powerful shot from the right flank.

However, Feronikeli managed to escape the Rossoneri’s final push as the game finished 0-2 in favour of the Italian side. Despite the scoreline, it was a good performance by Giampaolo’s men, who grabbed their first win of the pre-season. More importantly, the manager got the opportunity to test several players.

Of course, it’s hard for anyone to stand out in a scrappy friendly, especially if you only get 45 minutes to show yourself. However, a few managed to do so, including the new boy Leao. Playing his first game for the team, he showed great promise as he fearlessly took on his opponents, using his speed and ability to get past the defenders.

In the post-match interview, however, Giampaolo held back on the praise, focusing on the things that Leao can improve: “He is an instinctive type. Instinct is fine, but there are times when you have to follow orders as well. He has just arrived and I need to understand what the best position is for him”.

Only one game remains before the season starts in two weeks, as a friendly has been scheduled with Cesena for next Saturday. With that said, the upcoming week of training will be important for the players, since Giampaolo most likely will pick the starting eleven he believes could play the opener in Serie A.

AC Milan rumour round-up: Suso set to stay; Leao arrives, Correa next?

Another week of transfer rumours has been, and as always with AC Milan, there have been tons of them. From the arrival of Rafael Leao to new updates on Suso’s future, this recap brings you up to speed with all things Rossoneri. 

Suso set to stay after impressive pre-season

The Spaniard has impressed everyone in his new role behind the strikers, after previously struggling there. During the pre-season, he’s been the Rossoneri’s best player, managing to create chances both for himself and his teammates. Against Man Utd, he scored an elegant curler past De Gea, in addition to assisting Castillejo for the second. Continue reading