Serie A Injury Report – Round 9

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Juventus: Paulo Dybala had a little scare with Argentina, but his knee is fine. Daniele Rugani nursed a rib fracture during the break and Leonardo Spinazzola has a chance to make the squad list. The only injured player is Sami Khedira, who is dealing with a hamstring strain.

Napoli: Lorenzo Insigne has picked up a minor injury and will not be available. Kalidou Koulibaly returned early from international duties because of muscle fatigue and he is likely to rest. Faouzi Ghoulam (kneecap fracture), Amin Younes (torn Achilles) and Alex Meret (arm fracture) are inching closer to a return but the could be held out for another week. Sebastiano Luperto is fatigued. Continue reading

Serie A Probable Lineups – Round 9

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Roma-SPAL

Roma XI: 4-2-3-1 Olsen; Florenzi, Manolas, Fazio, Santon; Nzonzi, Cristante; Under, Lo.Pellegrini, El Shaarawy; Dzeko.

Potential lineup changes: Santon for Florenzi, Kluivert for Under.

Questionable: Pastore (calf).

Confirmed Out: Perotti (calf), Karsdorp (thigh), Kolarov (foot), De Rossi (foot), Schick.

 

SPAL XI: 3-5-2 Gomis; Cionek, Vicari, Bonifazi; Lazzari, Luiz, Schiattarella, Missiroli, Fares; Antenucci, Paloschi. Continue reading

Serie A Fantasy Predictions – Round 9

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Serie A returns with a pretty decent slate capped off by the mouth-watering Milan derby on Sunday night.

Roma-Spal: the Giallorossi have solved some of their initial problems and have put together a three-game winning streak, defeating Frosinone, Lazio and Empoli. The Estensi are going in opposite direction, since have suffered four straight losses, to Fiorentina, Sassuolo, Sampdoria and Inter, after a hot start. Eusebio Di Francesco seems to have found the right scheme for his men, a 4-2-3-1 with Lorenzo Pellegrini in the hole. The youngster has been remarkable filling in for the injured Javier Pastore, to the point that there is a real competition here. Continue reading

AC Milan gain important momentum ahead of derby clash

As they were set out to do, Milan grabbed all three points as they hosted Chievo on Sunday afternoon. With this being the Rossoneri’s third consecutive win, it seems Gattuso’s men have finally found their feet, gaining some much-needed momentum. 

After a somewhat rocky start to the season, Milan have managed to pick themselves up, grabbing yet another victory today. In fact, much to the joy of the Rossoneri fans, it was a quite comfortable one as well, although the guests did manage to decrease the deficit to two goals. With that said, Donnarumma will have to wait a bit longer for his first clean sheet in the league this season. Continue reading

Serie A Probable Lineups – Round 8

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Torino-Frosinone

Torino XI: 3-5-2 Sirigu; Izzo, Nkoulou, Moretti; Aina, Meite, Rincon, Soriano, Berenguer; Zaza, Belotti.

Potential lineup changes: Baselli for Soriano, Falque for Zaza.

Confirmed Out: De Silvestri (hamstring), Ansaldi (knee), Lyanco (foot).

 

Frosinone XI: 3-5-2 Sportiello; Goldaniga, Salamon, Krajnc; Zampano, Chibsah, Crisetig, Hallfredsson, Molinaro; Ciano, Ciofani. Continue reading

Gattuso finally gets it right for Milan with two crucial substitutions

The Rossoneri were expected to grab all three points against Olympiacos at San Siro earlier this evening with relative ease. However, as became evident during the game, it was easier said than done, much due to the Rossoneri’s wasteful approach in front of goal. 

However, as opposed to what we saw at the start of the season, Milan didn’t exactly crumble in the first 20 minutes, instead they took charge of the game quite easily. In fact, they could have taken the lead already after five minutes as Bonaventura headed Suso’s cross beautifully, though Castillejo, who was in an offside position, decided to get the final touch to deny the goal. Continue reading

AC Milan breathe a sigh of relief after big win against Sassuolo

As requested by the fans and management ahead of the game, Milan managed to grab all three points away at Sassuolo, quite convincingly as well. 

Even though the Rossoneri’s previous results had taken a major toll on their confidence, this only showed during a few periods of today’s game: which must be considered as an upgrade. Struggling to close games and convert their opportunities, the players were eager to get out and break the negative trend.  Continue reading

Serie A Fantasy Recap – Round 7

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An action-packed Serie A round is almost completely in the books, here is what happened in the fantasy world.

Standings implications: Juventus downed Napoli in convincing fashion, extending their lead over the pack to six points. Roma are now fully back after triumphing in the Derby della Capitale. Inter extended their winning streak to four games by topping Cagliari. Milan finally played a complete game in Sassuolo. Fiorentina were not that great on Sunday but escaped with a win on a pair of set pieces against Atalanta. Genoa and Torino blitzed Chievo and Frosinone on their own turfs, while Bologna and Parma got two quality home wins versus Udinese and Empoli. Continue reading

Sassuolo a must win for AC Milan tonight

Having drawn their last three games in the league, facing Cagliari, Atalanta and Empoli, Milan will certainly look to get back to winning ways this evening, with the pressure mounting on the squad as well as head coach Gennaro Gattuso. 

The Rossoneri’s start to the season has been anything but enjoyable, much like the past seasons, failing to live up to the hype that was created during the summer. With most of the players’ confidence hitting rock bottom, Gattuso’s men will have to put the past behind in order to regain positions in the standings.  Continue reading

Serie A Probable Lineups – Round 7

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Roma-Lazio

Roma XI: 4-2-3-1 Olsen; Santon, Manolas, Fazio, Kolarov; Nzonzi, De Rossi, Pastore; Florenzi, Pastore, El Shaarawy; Dzeko.

Potential lineup changes: Marcano for Manolas, Under for Santon.

Questionable: Manolas (hamstring).

 

Lazio XI: 3-5-1-1 Strakosha; Wallace, Acerbi, Felipe; Marusic, Parolo, Leiva, Milinkovic-Savic, Lulic; Alberto; Immobile. Continue reading