Serie A Weekly News Recap

Alisson Becker

It was a quieter week on the transfer market front, but a ginormous deal still went down as Roma sold Alisson to Liverpool. Milan will participate to Europa League as they won the appeal in front of the CAS. Parma and Chievo are still awaiting judgement on the trials that have put their Serie A stay in danger.

SPAL made a considerable investment to bring in Andrea Petagna from Atalanta, who would cost €15M if they avoided relegation, therefore triggering the obligation to buy. They had signed a similar striker in Marco Borriello last year, but that did not pay off. Continue reading

Serie A Fantasy Game Predictions – Round 28


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 Game Predictions – Round 27


A triple main-event in the upcoming Serie A round: Juventus take on Lazio on the road, Napoli host Roma and Inter and Milan square off in the Derby della Madonnina.

Lazio-Juventus: the Biancocelesti have won two games in a row, as they always do with the minnows, against Verona and Sassuolo. Ciro Immobile continues to punish opponents and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is in stellar form recently. The last Serie A game of the Bianconeri was postponed, then they got the job done in Coppa Italia against the same opponent, Atalanta. With Gonzalo Higuain and Federico Bernardeschi sidelined and Paulo Dybala working his way back from injury, Douglas Costa has been the one to step up upfront and Mario Mandzukic will play a big role as well. The Old Lady has had a ton of success in Rome in recent years. Their defence is stifling, but they will go against the best scoring attack in the League.

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Serie A Fantasy Game Predictions – Round 25


The next Serie A round features the Derby della Mole and a clash with valuable Europa League points at stake.

Udinese-Roma: Udinese have won only one in the last six games and their offensive punch seems to have worn off, as they have failed to score multiple goals in each fixture of this most recent stretch. Kevin Lasagna will be out for a while, so Maxi Lopez and Rodrigo De Paul will have to step up, even though they have not found the back of the net often this year: Antonin Barak and Jakub Jankto are much better bets, but the Giallorossi defenders and Alisson are worth a look here. Di Francesco’s side is coming off two straight wins against the lowly Verona and Benevento and will try to keep the good things going against better competition. The early returns of the new-look 4-2-3-1 are positive: Cengiz Under is red-hot, while also Radja Nainggolan and Edin Dzeko could reap the benefits from it, the Belgian star in particular as he prospered in this position last season. Continue reading

Serie A Fantasy Player of the Month in December


Some of the big guns sputtered in Decembers, others had to deal with injuries, and so the Serie A Fantasy 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.

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Serie A Fantasy Striker Picks for Week 13

Icardi has bagged two braces in two appearances so far this season

Week 13 of Italy’s Serie A will be featuring some very interesting match-ups: in particular Roma-Lazio, Napoli-Milan and Sampdoria-Juventus. Continue reading

Udinese’s final moves make little sense


The deadline day in Italy mostly went as expected, with teams finalizing the deals they had already in place. There was however one were unexpected transition: Udinese sold Cyril Thereau to Fiorentina. It was not a financial decision, as they fetch only mere €1.5M for the 34-year-old forward. The Frenchman has been a staple in the starting XI for four seasons, combining well with either Antonio Di Natale or Duvan Zapata: despite his size, Thereau is a second striker/left winger, whose primary job is to connect the midfield and the attack and feed his offensive partner. He is no stranger to scoring himself, tallying double-digit goals in every season with Bianconeri.

Udinese’s brass has been vocal about the sale, indicating that some tactical and technical reasons were behind it. The sporting director Manuel Gerolin commented: “It was a hard and mindful decision. The current structure of the team needed one pure centre-forward.” They signed Maxi Lopez from Torino to replace Thereau, who is said to be in great shape but has not done much in the last two seasons.

The coach Luigi Delnari stated: “I endorsed the choice to sell Thereau. When you build a team, you can not look only at the single player. He could have scored some goals like in the past, but he did not involve or improve his teammates. On that front, Maxi Lopez is better. We were at the point we were tolerating Thereau’s movements, rather than supporting them. It was no longer endurable.”

The explanations barely hold up. It is true that Udinese have only one big and tall striker, newcomer Riad Bajic, acquired from Konyaspor for €5.5M, who will need some time adapt. Kevin Lasagna and Stipe Perica are more mobile forwards and the fit next to Thereau was shaky, but they could have taken more time to work on it. Perica is well-built and could have maybe grown into a more traditional centre-forward with more consistent playing time, which he has never been given since his move to Italy.

The main hole will be in the creativity and unpredictability areas, where Thereau excelled. He provided that extra zing to their offense, he started most of the actions. Lasagna and Perica can wander around, but they do not have the finesse, the quality feet and the vision of the Frenchman. Delneri could be forced to come up with new solutions to fill the inventive void. The first one could be moving from his hybrid 4-4-2/4-3-3 to a diamond lineup, with Rodrigo De Paul as no.10. If that did not suffice, 4-3-2-1 could be in the cards, with Antonin Barak, who just joined from Slavia Praha, or Andrija Balic as De Paul’s partner behind the lone striker. A scheme that would render some of the recent acquisitions up front superfluous.

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