Serie A Probable Lineups – Round 15

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Juventus-Inter

Juventus XI: 4-3-3 Szczesny; Cancelo, Bonucci, Chiellini, De Sciglio; Bentancur, Pjanic, Matuidi; Dybala, Mandzukic, Ronaldo.

Potential lineup changes: Can for Bentancur, Costa for Dybala.

Questionable: Bentancur (thigh).

Confirmed Out: Khedira (ankle), Sandro (thigh), Barzagli (quad), Kean (thigh).

 

Inter XI: 4-2-3-1 Handanovic; D’Ambrosio, Skriniar, De Vrij, Asamoah; Brozovic, Vecino; Politano, Mario, Perisic; Icardi. Continue reading

Serie A Injury Report – Round 15

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Juventus: Emre Can made the squad list, approximately two months after suffering the thyroid issue. Rodrigo Bentancur is dealing with a back problem, but he was called up. Alex Sandro (thigh) and Sami Khedira (ankle) have been ruled out, same for Andrea Barzagli, who is rumoured to have suffered a severe quad injury, and Moise Kean, who has some muscle fatigue.

Napoli: Simone Verdi will remain on the mend because of an ankle sprain, while Adam Ounas missed the last game with a minor muscular ailment. Alex Meret should be ready to start. Continue reading

Serie A Fantasy Predictions – Round 15

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The next round features one of the games of the season, Juventus-Inter, and few other juicy match-ups.

Juventus-Inter: the Bianconeri got the better of Fiorentina, extending their winning streak to five fixtures, but in that occasion they were not as dominant as the final score showed. Against Roma, Inter dropped points for the second time in a row on the road and, despite scoring twice, they never looked in control. The same thing happened in Bergamo, but they are extremely opportunistic, so they can never be counted out. Cristiano Ronaldo added one to his tally with a penalty in Florence, while Rodrigo Bentancur continues to impress. Mario Mandzukic is generally money in big matches, while Douglas Costa has the potential to be a factor off the bench. Despite being useful in other areas, Paulo Dybala’s offensive stats in Serie A have been subpar. Continue reading

Three things we learned from AC Milan’s hard-fought win against Parma

Despite having 63% of the possession, AC Milan had a hard time finding clear-cut chances against a very compact Parma defence, consisting of all of their players for most of the time. Luckily, Gattuso’s men got away with the three points, which certainly can be described as hard-fought. Continue reading

Serie A Probable Lineups – Round 14

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SPAL-Empoli

SPAL XI: 3-5-2 Gomis; Cionek, Vicari, Felipe; Lazzari, Missiroli, Schiattarella, Kurtic, Fares; Antenucci, Petagna.

Potential lineup changes: Djourou for Vicari, Costa for Fares, Paloschi for Petagna.

Questionable: Vicari (thigh),

Ruled Out: Simic (ankle).

 

Empoli XI: 3-5-2 Provedel; Veseli, Silvestre, Maietta; Di Lorenzo, Acquah, Bennacer, Krunic, Pasqual; La Gumina, Caputo.   Continue reading

Champions League on the line for Lazio in season-defining December

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Thursday night’s Europa League defeat to Apollon Limassol won’t live long in the memory of Lazio fans.

The team that stepped out onto the waterlogged pitch of a deserted stadium in Cyprus wasn’t a familiar one, as Simone Inzaghi made 10 changes to the team that drew 1-1 with Milan the previous weekend.

A performance devoid of any urgency, spirit or fight followed as the Biancocelesti B-team fell to a 2-0 loss. However, the match did serve an important purpose.

Lazio were already guaranteed a place in the Europa League knockout stages, but Thursday’s setback meant they have to settle for second place in their group and, potentially, a trickier last 32 draw. Continue reading

Serie A Injury Report – Round 14

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Juventus: Federico Bernardeschi is expected to be called up after shaking off an adductor problem, while Alex Sandro subbed off in Champions League because of a thigh issue that has not been disclosed yet, so he is questionable for the Fiorentina game. Sami Khedira (ankle) and Emre Can remain out for this week.

Napoli: Raul Albiol suffered a mild ankle sprain against Red Star Belgrade and he is at risk for the Monday game. After picking up the same injury, Amin Younes should be at the coach’s disposal, while Simone Verdi is set to skip another one, and likely few more, because his was more severe. Continue reading

Serie A Fantasy Predictions – Round 14

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The next Serie A slate is pretty tasty on paper.

Fiorentina-Juventus: the Viola are having a weird season. They started off decently, showing well especially at home, where they are still undefeated and have a sound defense, but they have struggled to score recently. They have not netted more than one since late September and they have drawn in their last five matches, against Cagliari, Torino, Roma, Frosinone and Bologna. On the other hand, the Old Lady is cruising with 12 wins in the year, four in a row after the tumble against Genoa, but it will be tested before the break. Fiorentina’s offensive problems stem primarily from Giovanni Simeone and Marko Pjaca’s poor form, as they have combined for just three goals so far. Federico Chiesa is always doing stuff, but he has not bagged many as well. Continue reading

Serie A Fantasy Recap – Round 13

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Standings implication: Juventus had an easy time against SPAL and Inter got back on track by spanking Frosinone,so they both gained ground on Napoli, which were astonishingly held to a tie at home against the lowly Chievo. Lazio equalized at the buzzer in the meeting with Milan. Roma against sputtered, this time in Udine. Genoa and Sampdoria shared the spoils in the Derby della Lanterna. Parma got a quality win over Sassuolo. Fiorentina did not found the deciding goal in Bologna and had to settle for a nil-nil draw. Empoli mounted a furious comeback to best Atalanta. Continue reading