Serie A Round 12 Fantacalcio Player Trends: Stock Up

We are rapidly approaching the winter months of the 2019/20 Serie A season, and with this, are nearly a 1/3rd of the way through. This is the point in the campaign where we begin to learn who should be taken seriously as contenders, and who should perhaps be dismissed as pretenders in the race for European qualification.

Last week saw plenty of notable outcomes that changed the shape of the table, including Roma’s 2-1 win over Napoli at the Stadio Olimpico, as well as Cagliari shooting into 4th with a 2-0 victory away versus Atalanta. With these results came plenty of standout performers, several of which you may want to consider adding to your fantacalcio rosters this weekend.

Here are five players to look at for round 12. Continue reading

Five keys to Juventus vs Napoli

This weekend of the 2019/20 Serie A season is one of the more anticipated rounds, with it having been circled on the calendar ever since it came out last month.

Saturday evening sees two of the league‘s main title contenders pitted against one another at Juventus Stadium in Turin as Maurizio Sarri’s Juventus play host to Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli. Though the attention and buzz surrounding this fixture stems from Sarri’s first match against his former club, his status for the bench remains unclear at the moment. In any case, this clash promises to deliver plenty of excitement, tension and drama.

Here are five key elements which could determine the outcome of this round 2 encounter. Continue reading

SERIE A ROUND 1 MATCH PREVIEW: Fiorentina vs Napoli

The players returned from summer holiday with their families, have been training regularly and are now ready to hit the pitch once again for their respective clubs as the 2019/20 Serie A season commences this weekend in Italy.

For Round 1 of action, our attention turns to one of the opening weekend’s main events on the peninsula as Fiorentina play host to Napoli at the Stadio Artemio Franchi in Firenze.

Here is everything you need to know ahead of the clash. Continue reading

Four Talking Points Ahead of Napoli’s Clash with Juventus

juventusnapoli

Stars collide on Sunday in Naples at the Stadio San Paolo as Juventus and Napoli will author another chapter in their heated rivalry.

Back in late September, the Partenopei, led by Carlo Ancelotti, leapt out of the gates early with a Dries Mertens strike 10 minutes into proceedings in Turin. From there on however, ‘the Old Lady’ established dominance once again over their league rivals, as Mario Mandžukić equalized then grabbed the lead before Leonardo Bonucci put the bow on the victory with Juve’s third in the final quarter-hour.

Entering this tie, the Bianconeri hold a firm grasp of first place with a 13 point advantage over Napoli and sit in pole position to make it eight straight Serie A titles. Despite that, Ancelotti men will press on and look to exact revenge from earlier in the season against a Juventus side hoping to catch fire again after a rough patch of form.

Here are four talking points ahead of Napoli vs Juventus: Continue reading

Four Takeaways From Napoli’s Draw with Torino

gettyimages_1125490265-169

For the second week in a row, Napoli dominate the opposition and create the bulk of the chances, yet fail to capitalize as they were forced to settle with another 0-0 draw at home versus Torino Sunday evening.

With the Partenopei dropping four points over these previous two matchdays, they are now -13 from league leaders Juventus who basically have the Scudetto in the bag.

Here are four takeaways from the Partenopei’s scoreless stalemate. Continue reading

Four Takeaways from Fiorentina’s Scoreless Draw with Napoli

fiorentinanapoli

By no means was it a simple task, nor the ideal route to a result Stefano Pioli drew up, but Fiorentina managed to snag a hard-earned point at the Franchi from Saturday’s encounter with Napoli.

The Partenopei were perhaps the better side on the evening, winning the possession battle (60% to 40%) and showing a bit more going forward that led many to believe they’d leave Florence victorious. But the lack of an end product and clinical touch to finish off counter attacks were ultimately the difference between a road victory and having to settle for the point.

Here are four takeaways from Fiorentina vs Napoli. Continue reading

Three Keys for Napoli vs Liverpool

Napoli

Champions League Group C is a tight one between leaders Napoli, Paris Saint-Germain and last year’s runner-up Liverpool entering the final round of play. As things stand, the Partenopei lead PSG by a single point, while holding a three point cushion over the English giants who they will pay a visit tonight at Anfield.

Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli can qualify for the Round of 16 through one of the following scenarios: 1) win or draw vs Liverpool, 2) lose by a goal, but score at least once (2-1, 3-2) and PSG wins/loses. Continue reading

Napoli cruise past Parma, prepare for Juventus clash

Napoli Parma

Napoli entered somewhat of a tricky test last night at the Stadio San Paolo versus Parma who, early on in the season, look destined to stay up in the Italian top-flight after an historic promotion run back from the depths of Serie D. However, the Partenopei ensured the Crociati were not to replicate their impressive victory over Inter by taking control of the tie from the opening whistle – and putting Roberto D’Aversa’s group to the sword by way of a 3-0 beating. Continue reading

Poland, Adam Nawalka must consider tactical alterations vs Colombia

Polska - Litwa

Poland came out extremely flat in their Group H 2-1 defeat to Senegal – and it showed from the opening whistle.

Aside from Grzegorz Krychowiak’s back pass into ‘no mans land’ that allowed an alert M’Baye Niang to spring into action and pounce on the loose ball quickly before beating both Jan Bednarek and Wojciech Szczesny for the decisive goal, the Poles overall performance simply did not meet the expectations that come with being FIFA’s 8th ranked nation. Continue reading

Seven Polish internationals from Serie A to feature in World Cup

Polska - Litwa

After 12 excruciating years, Poland have made it back to the World Cup, returning as a dark-horse in the competition after topping their group in WCQ and currently being ranked 8th in the FIFA rankings.

The Biało-czerwoni have the most Serie A representatives (7) among the 32 nations heading to Russia for the 2018 edition of the tournament, and since 2008 when there were 0 Poles plying their trade in Italy’s top flight, 14 are now active on the Peninsula in what appears to be an evolving trend by the year.

Here are those seven Polish internationals manager Adam Nawałka has called upon to make the trip to Russia. Continue reading