Serie A Weekly Transfer Market Recap


The transfer market finally heated up this week as Milan replaced Gonzalo Higuain, who flew to Chelsea via Juventus, with Krzysztof Piatek. An unpleasant surprise hit fantasy managers on Monday, as Kevin-Prince Boateng moved to Barcelona. The ex-Milan man had success as false-nine this season at Sassuolo, before missing a chunck of the season with a pelvic injury. He has scored four times in 11 appearances and was a precious asset since he was listed as midfielder.

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Serie A Fantasy Game Predictions – Round 38


Let’s take a look at the most interesting games of the conclusive round.

Cagliari-Atalanta: the Sardinians are one point above Spal and Crotone and would be safe with a win, however Orobici are on the hunt for points that could allow them to leapfrog Milan and avoid the long Europa League playoff next summer. After some disappointing performances, Cagliari came to life in Florence with a key victory. The Goddess have not lost in their last seven matches. Continue reading

Serie A Fantasy Game Predictions – Round 37


The title race has ended, but there is still a lot to play for in the final two rounds of Serie A. Here is the preview of the penultima one.

Inter-Sassuolo: both teams have won three out of their last four games. As a result, the Beneamata are now just two points behind Lazio and the head-to-head clash is coming next week, while the Neroverdi have secured a Serie A stay. Luciano Spalletti is getting excellent contributions from Mauro Icardi and Ivan Perisic, as usual, while Rafinha has finally notched his first Serie A and Marcelo Brozovic has emerged as their best central midfielder. Continue reading

Serie A Fantasy Game Predictions – Round 29


The most balanced match-up of the next round is Sampdoria-Inter, but trap games are always around the corner in Serie A.

Spal-Juventus: the Bianconeri continue to rack up wins, they are now up to 12th in a row, and clean sheets as they got the job done against both Udinese and Atalanta and have created a four-point cushion over Napoli. However, the Estensi have been feisty lately, collecting seven points in their last three outings and sparking up the relegation race. Despite losing, they put up a great fight against Napoli at home back in Autumn. The return of Paulo Dybala has unlocked a new dimension in the Old Lady’s front-line, with Gonzalo Higuain and Douglas Costa both benefitting from it. Mirco Antenucci has been the most consistent contributor so far for the Biancazzurri, even though it is very tough to score on Juventus these days.

Sampdoria-Inter: the Blucerchiati laid a stinker in Crotone, but this season they have continuously been much better at home. They are now chasing Milan for sixth spot after occupying it for quite some time. The Nerazzurri have held in check Napoli in the last game, at San Siro, but they have not prevailed in the last five away matches. Duvan Zapata is in good form in the last month or so, Fabio Quagliarella has slowed down a little but his numbers remain great. Mauro Icardi has not found the bottom of the net in quite some time, also due to injury, and he is facing his former team. Ivan Perisic and Antonio Candreva’s play remains paltry, perhaps Luciano Spalletti should give more minutes to the slippery Yann Karamoh.

Crotone-Roma: the Sharks got back on track with a great win over Sampdoria after fumbling the matches with the rivals Benevento and Spal. Roma have won in five or their last six Serie A games, including the plunder of San Paolo, and they advanced in Champions League as well. It looks like Marcello Trotta just needed some job security to start delivering steadily, and the injury to Ante Budimir gives him just that, also Federico Ricci and Andrea Nalini could be dangerous should they have room to counter. The Wolf has an elite road record: Edin Dzeko is in incredible shape, Cengiz Under has carried them for quite some time and also Radja Nainggolan’s form is improving dramatically in the hottest time of the year.

Lazio-Bologna: the Biancocelesti did not perform up to their level in Cagliari, perhaps they were tired after the Europa League clash. The situation is not much diverse this weekend, but this time they play at home against the seesawing Bologna, which are roaming around with no clear objective due to their position in the standings. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is a little hurt and Luis Alberto might play in the midfield rather than as no.10: Felipe Anderson and the usual suspect Ciro Immobile are the best picks as far as the Eagles go. The fantasy stud Simone Verdi has not been the same since returning for injury and Mattia Destro has always been up-and-down and he was benched last week. Perhaps Rodrigo Palacio will inject some energy into the Rossoblù.

Napoli-Genoa: the Partenopei will try to get back on track after two unsatisfactory results, which cleared the way for Juventus to go top of the league. The two slipups came in big matches, but they have been a machine against the minnows. Genoa are a solid team, but they are in good enough position to not be too worried about getting points in every game. Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne continue to carry the biggest load offensively for the Azzurri, with José Callejon and Marek Hamsik chipping in from time to time. Their back-line could be worthy of consideration because the Griffon is not an explosive side, but they are getting a lot out of Goran Pandev. Giuseppe Rossi might be a surprise pick.

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Serie A Team of the Week – Round 28


Some anticipated contributors and some surprises feature in the Serie A Team of the week concerning the 28th round.

Alisson: there were plenty of clean sheets over the week, with Juventus, Atalanta, Verona, Napoli, Fiorentina and Inter also not allowing any goal, but the best performer was once again the Roma’s goalkeeper, who paved the way for his team’s victory with a couple of excellent saves in the first half against Torino, in particular on Iago Falque. He picked up 7 points.

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Serie A Game of the Week – Round 26: Crotone vs Spal


Once again, the game with the most drama in Serie A was a battle for survival in the lowest part of the standings: Crotone-Spal was not only the highest scoring game in the last weekend, but it also had an extremely impactful result.

The Sharks approached the game hoping to redeem themselves after a tough loss against another rival, Benevento, but on the road. They had fared decently at home in the last month or so, sharing the spoils Cagliari and Atalanta and defeating Chievo. On the other hand, the Estensi were looking to resume winning after eight negative results and three straight losses, which had put Leonardo Semplici on the hot seat.

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Best Strikers in Serie A – Week 11


With further chapters in this season’s Serie A story having been written, Napoli’s lead at the top of Serie A was cut to a single point with Juventus breathing down their necks. Continue reading

Best Strikers in Serie A – Week 10


Napoli continue to lead Serie A following the latest round of matches, with Juventus hot on their heels. Continue reading

Crotone slightly above the competition


The relegation race in Serie A is mostly going as planned: the freshly promoted teams, Benevento, Hellas Verona and Spal, are knee-deep into it, alongside a couple of sides that have gravitated in those positions in the past, such as Cagliari and Genoa. The only mild surprises are Udinese and especially Sassuolo, which were expected to be a tad better and avoid troubles. The season is long and they will probably pull away in the upcoming months, leaving the battle to the first five.

There have already been a couple of head-to-head matches down there and Crotone showed they have a little advantage over the other contenders. In the last two games, the Sharks easily defeated Benevento at the Scida stadium and then came away from Ferrara with a tie. Two massive results. Spal built last season’s promotion on their home performances and they will struggle mightily if they do not rack up points at the Mazza stadium: they still looked better than a couple of competitors, but their road map is clear and the opportunities are slim. Hellas Verona and Benevento have looked very disorganized and have been heavily hit by the injury bug.

Crotone lost a good amount talent in the summer, because their best players were either on loan, such as Diego Falcinelli and Lorenzo Crisetig, or because they sold them before or during the season and then temporarily took them back, like Gianmarco Ferrari and Leonardo Capezzi. However, they have worked well in the summer and managed to replace almost all of them.

Crotone confirmed Davide Nicola on the bench, and they could not have done otherwise after the incredible late comeback last season. As a result, they have a clear idea of who they are and what they need to do. They have a basic tactic and a straightforward game plan: they will be end up being outplayed by better teams more often than not, but they always put up a fight and have more experience in these situations. They are scrappy.

In the summer, they brought in several players, almost in a “throw everything at the wall and see what sticks” type of mentality. Arlind Ajeti seems to have overtaken Leandro Cabrera as starting centre-back: he does not have Ferrari’s upside, but he is a gritty defender. Marco Davide Faraoni is more solid than Mario Sampirisi. Rolando Mandragora has been as good as anticipated: a highly touted prospect at Genoa, he suffered a couple of big injuries, but now that he is being given consistent playing time he is back on track. The midfield duo with Andrea Barberis is sneaky interesting. They could find at least one more solid contributor in the crop of remaining newcomers: Daniel Pavlovic, Oliver Kragl, Stefan Simic, Giovanni Crociata and Aristoteles Romero.

The one area they definitely need to improve is in the attack: they scored only four goals, all in the last three games. The coach is still searching for the right combination, but it has been difficult to replace Diego Falcinelli. The returning Ante Budimir has not been as efficient as in Serie B, Marcello Trotta has surprisingly been given little playing time, and Simy is mostly an off-the-bench, late game weapon, but he does have intriguing skills given his size. The coach seems to prefer having a pure centre-forward and a second-striker, but Aleksandar Tonev and Andrea Nalini have both spent time on the shelf and have not find the right condition yet. If Budimir does not work, Nalini-Trotta could be the most explosive couple or they could try Adrian Stoian there as well. Unfortunately, Marco Tumminello suffered an ACL tear: they desperately wanted a youngster who could provide a spark and maybe play more carefreely, without being burdened by the standings. They missed out on Patrick Cutrone, but the Roma striker looked promising and already scored: he could be helpful down the stretch.


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