What to Watch For in Serie A: Round 8

Round 8 sees a jam-packed schedule of Serie A fixtures coming our way out of the international break, with plenty of fascinating storylines to sort through.

Let’s break down what you should be watching for this weekend around Italy’s top flight. Continue reading

Lazio need Joaquin Correa to sharpen his blunt edges – and fast

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As he watched his penalty cannon off the crossbar, Joaquin Correa’s head sank into his hands.

He wanted this – no, he needed this – to go in.

Correa desperately wanted to dedicate a goal to his grandmother, who passed away recently.

He wanted to be the man to secure a hard-fought win for Lazio against Bologna, after seeing his side come back from behind twice.

But most of all, he needed the goal to help change the narrative that has been building this season: that the Argentine lacks a clinical edge.

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Serie A Round 8 Fantacalcio Player Trends: Stock Up

Another international break has come and gone, with Italy, Poland and Spain among the nations to qualify for next summer’s 2020 UEFA European Championship. But, now, it’s back business for club football on Italian soil as we prepare for round 8 this weekend.

Lazio-Atalanta, on paper, promises to be the round’s marquee matchup. Yet, there are a slew of fixtures that have the potential to provide more upsets early on in the campaign, a ton of goals and standout fantacalcio performances.

Here are five players you will want to consider adding to your roster ahead of the weekend. Continue reading

What to Watch For: Torino vs Napoli

Round 7 of the still young 2019/20 Serie A season is highlighted by the Derby d’Italia between first place Inter and reigning 8-time champions Juventus for what has already been confirmed to be a record-setting gate attraction for the affair, generating €6,5 million.

However, there are plenty of intriguing matches taking place elsewhere across the continent, including Turin where Walter Mazzarri’s Torino will host Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli.

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Serie A Round 7 Fantacalcio Player Trends: Stock Up

Last weekend in Round 6 of the 2019/20 Serie A season, the current league’s top six clubs in the table each pulled out victories, most notably Antonio Conte’s Inter making it a perfect six wins with their 3-1 result over cellar dweller Sampdoria at the Marassi.

Along with some positive results, there were plenty of notable performances accompanying them. Stefano Sensi and Alexis Sanchez ran the show for the Nerazzurri, with the Chilean bagging a brace before subsequently being sent off with a red card. Colombian striker Duvan Zapata and Papu Gomez also kept their hot starts rolling with a battering of Sassuolo 4-1.

For Round 7, there are plenty trending in the right direction, including several newcomers who have quickly risen to play key roles at their respective clubs.

Here are five individuals to consider for your fantacalcio rosters this weekend. Continue reading

Serie A Round 6 Fantacalcio Player Trends: Stock Up

Round 5 came and went, with several of the top clubs faltering in losing fashion.

Wednesday saw Roma suffer a 2-0 defeat to Gian Piero Gasperini’s Atalanta, while their city rival Lazio succumbed to Inter at San Siro with a 1-0 loss, further solidifying the Nerazzurri’s case as a title contender. While the biggest stunner was Cagliari taking all three points at the San Paolo from Napoli, Torino riding Andrea Belotti’s four minute brace to victory over an AC Milan side who controlled most of the match became the lasting memory from yet another eventful round of calcio. Now, it is time to set our sights on round 6.

Here are five players with increasing stock that you will want to consider for your fantacalcio squad this weekend. Continue reading

Napoli Player Ratings vs Cagliari

The Round 5’s biggest upset arrived in Naples Wednesday evening as substitute veteran Lucas Castro’s header in the 87th minute dealt Napoli a gutwrenching 1-0 defeat.

Spoiling far too much of their chances in the opposition‘s third, this one showed shades of the 2018/19 season for the Scudetto contenders as they too often struggled to pull ahead and put this one to bed. Throw in the fact both Juventus and Inter managed to come out with wins despite the quick turnaround in the schedule and this one will certainly leave a sour taste in Napoli’s mouth as they head into the next phase of the campaign.

Here are the player ratings for Carlo Ancelotti’s men in the defeat. Continue reading

Serie A Round 5 Fantacalcio Player Trends: Stock Up

This past weekend in round 4 of the Serie A season delivered some scintillating displays. From Nicolò Barella bossing the midfield in Inter’s commanding 2-0 win over rivals AC Milan in the Derby della Madonnina, to Napoli newcomer Fernando Llorente following up his big midweek performance in the UEFA Champions League vs Liverpool with a brace against Lecce, there were plenty of noteworthy performances deserving of much praise. But, with a quick turnaround to the first set of midweek fixtures lurking for round 5, it is time to turn our attention to those whose stock has risen in the world of ‘fantacalcio.’

Here are five players trending in the right direction and deserving of a look for your squad. Continue reading

Serie A Round 4 Fantacalcio Player Trends: Stock Up

After putting a bow on the opening round of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League competitions, it is time to circle back to Serie A where the fourth weekend promises to deliver more drama.

Without question, AC Milan and Inter authoring another chapter of the Derby della Madonnina remains top priority in the build-up to Saturday’s San Siro clash, but as always, we are here to make sure you are prepared with everything you need to get the upperhand on your opponents in ‘fantacalcio’.

Here are five players to consider inserting into your Fantasy Serie A side this weekend for Round 4. Continue reading

Napoli’s vacant lead can be Amin Younes’ perfect audition for Ancelotti’s casting call up front

Depth is of paramount importance to any title contender looking to take the next step with their project and propel themself into the upper echelons of football’s best. A simple inventory check of their reserves paints a very clear picture of which clubs have a strong 11-13 and who has strength in numbers up and down the teamsheet.

Believe it or not, but you can tell an awful lot about what a club’s objectives are and where they are headed based on the quality of their 14th, 15th and 16th player. For instance, Juventus, Napoli’s main nemesis, have a star-studded XI, but a stocked second team that is quite capable of competing at a high level.

On matchday 1 vs Parma, the Bianconeri‘s bench included the following notables: Gianluigi Buffon, Emre Can, Mario Mandzukic, Matthijs de Ligt, Paulo Dybala, Adrien Rabiot, Juan Cuadrado, Rodrigo Bentacur and Federico Bernardeschi. This list excludes Aaron Ramsey who, although injured, will likely be one of the first names summoned, lending even more credence to a Maurizio Sarri squad equipped to navigate a long, grueling season and last in the end.

So, if Carlo Ancelotti and Napoli‘s aim is to knock Juventus from off their perch and dethrone them as Serie A champions this season, then it will take all hands on deck and elevated performances from those fringe players with something to prove, including Amin Younes.  Continue reading