Serie A Team of the Week – Round 35

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The last round was rich of goals: here are the top performers.

Marco Sportiello: just two clean sheets in the weekend, by Fiorentina and Lazio. The Viola did not have to defend too much after an early red card to Napoli, but Thomas Strakosha was booked, so Sportiello was the only goalie to receive seven points.

Cristiano Biraghi: the full back was the top earner among defenders with seven points this week as he assisted Giovanni Simeone with a long ball for the opening goal.

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Serie A Game of the Week – Round 31: Benevento vs Juventus

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There was a good amount of drama in the last round, particularly in Napoli’s late win and in a pair of clashes in the relegation zone, but the marquee game, Sampdoria-Genoa, was a dud, so the weekly shout-out goes to the highest scoring match: Benevento-Juventus.

The Sanniti were coming off a commanding win over Verona, where they confirmed their strength at home, but unfortunately they basically would have to win out to hope to avoid relegation, but they are too poor on the road. Juventus were looking to bounce back after a very disappointing result in the first leg against Real Madrid.

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Serie A Player Status Updates – Round 28

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The injury bug is running through few teams, also most of last week’s suspensions have carried over to this round. Here are the updates.

Napoli:  Vlad Chiriches could return from a hamstring strain, while Faouzi Ghoulam is in the rehab phase of a fractured fibula. Arek Milik played few minutes against Roma.

Juventus: Alex Sandro and Stephan Lichtsteiner are suspended. Mario Mandzukic missed the last game due to some adductor pain, but he might recover in time for Sunday. Gonzalo Higuain played at Wembley, so he got past an ankle sprain. Mattia De Sciglio is expected back from a hamstring strain. Medhi Benatia rolled an ankle against Tottenham and is questionable. Juan Cuadrado should resumed practicing fully next week after undergoing sports hernia surgery, while in the coming days Federico Bernardeschi will take the tests on his knee to determine his rest-of-the-season outlook.

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Serie A Player Status Updates – Round 27

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Once again some key players risk missing the next Serie A round due to injuries. Here are the latest news: you can find the updates compared to the original version in italic.

Napoli:  Marek Hamsik was under the weather late in the week, but he will try to shake it off by Saturday night. Elseid Hysaj was subbed off on Monday, but it was only precautionary. Vlad Chiriches is out with a hamstring strain, Faouzi Ghoulam with a fractured fibula. Arek Milik should make the squad list this time.

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Serie A Team of the Week – Round 25

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Here is the best XI from the last round of Serie A, which features several surprises.

Alisson: he was again a big part of Roma’s win with a pair of excellent interventions, especially coming out of the goal. His confidence is skyrocketing and he proved to be a true sweeper-keeper. He collected seven points thanks to the clean sheet.

Alex Sandro: he was used as a winger due to the emergency in Juventus’ attack and he delivered: not only he was a nuisance down the flank, but he also scored the game winning-goal with a movement and a finish worthy of a seasoned striker. He was the top earner this week with nine points. Continue reading

Serie A Game of the Week – Round 25: Benevento vs Crotone

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In a Serie A round that included some anticipated match-ups such as the Derby della Mole between Torino and Juventus, the bout for the sixth place between Sampdoria and Milan and an intriguing tilt between Atalanta and Fiorentina, the most hard-fought and high scoring game ended up being the battle for survival featuring Benevento and Crotone.

The Sanniti had won two games at home before running into Napoli, while Crotone were coming off four positive results: the commanding win against Verona and the three straight draws with Cagliari, Inter and Atalanta. Continue reading