Serie A Game of the Round – Roma vs Chievo

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There were not many intense games this week and the most anticipated one, Napoli-Fiorentina, was decided by a single goal. All things considered, Roma-Chievo had the most drama.

Eusebio Di Francesco returned to his basics and arrayed a 4-3-3 with Lorenzo Pellegrini, Steven Nzonzi and Bryan Cristante in the midfield, as Javier Pastore was sidelined by an injury, picked Juan Jesus over Federico Fazio in the back-line and Stephan El Shaarawy as left winger. Roberto D’Anna trotted out a pretty defensive lineup, with two centre-backs like Nenad Tomovic and Federico Barba manning the flanks, and Nicola Rigoni initially starting over the returning Perparim Hetemaj. Continue reading

Serie A Club of the Round: Fiorentina

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An easy choice for best team of the round in this case as Fiorentina pummelled Chievo at home in the first game of their season, finishing with the overly large result of 6-1.

Stefano Pioli will be without his staple Jordan Veretout for a couple of games because of a suspension and picked the newcomers Edimilson and Gerson to complete the midfield, alongside Marco Benassi. The Frenchman is rumoured to be tabbed as deep-lying playmaker this year, basically replacing Milan Badelj, and Gerson certainly staked his claim to continue starting in this one. Valentin Eysseric played as left winger over Marko Pjaca and Kevin Mirallas because they have some conditioning issues. Continue reading

Serie A Match of the Round: Chievo v Juventus

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A couple of games in the first round were intense and high scoring: Parma-Udinese deserves an honourable mention, especially because the Friulani did not give up after the two-nothing goal, but Chievo-Juventus was undoubtedly the most compelling match. On Cristiano Ronaldo’s debut in Serie A, two other players shined brightest: Emanuele Giaccherini and Federico Bernardeschi.

As for the line-ups, Massimiliano Allegri opted for a very offensive 4-4-2 with Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala upfront, Juan Cuadrado and Douglas Costa on the flanks and Miralem Pjanic and Sami Khedira in the midfield. Continue reading

Serie A Game of the Week – Round 29: Milan vs Chievo

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There were no massive clashes in Serie A in the weekend, but it still ended up being a significant round as Napoli got closer to Juventus, Inter re-claimed one of the top four spots and Spal abandoned the relegation zone. The best game of the week was Milan-Chievo, which was surprisingly high scoring and intense up until the final whistle.

The Devil approached the bout riding a nine-game undefeated streak in Serie A and looking to move past the elimination in Europa League by the hands of Arsenal. On the other hand, Chievo had lost in six of their last seven matches and was dragged into the mud fight to avoid the drop.

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Serie A Player Status Updates – Round 25

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There are a pair of key injured players to keep an eye on ahead of the next Serie A round.

Napoli:  Marek Hamsik was subbed off at halftime last week because of some back pain, but he played in Europa League. Raul Albiol missed the last three games because of muscle fatigue, but he could return on Sunday. On the other hand, Vlad Chiriches will be sidelined for a couple of weeks by a pulled hamstring. Arek Milik is progressing in his rehab protocol, but Faouzi Ghoulam had a big setback, even though unrelated to the previous ACL tear: he fractured his patella and had to undergo surgery; per the club statement, he will resume practicing in a month and it will be awhile before he plays in an official game. Continue reading

Serie A Player Status Updates – Round 23

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Several suspensions and few notable injuries could impact the next Serie A round. Here are the updates.

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