Atalanta: Rafael Toloi might be available following a small thigh strain. Luis Muriel picked up a knock in the same area and might be managed.
Benevento: Luca Caldirola is suspended. Iago Falque was unavailable midweek due to a sore adductor. Their other injured guys are done for the season.
Bologna: Gary Medel could make his return from a calf strain either in this or in the final round. Slim hopes instead for their other players on the shelf. Continue reading
Benevento: coach Filippo Inzaghi continues to go back-and-forth with the tactics, but he has not found a solution for their woes. They have collectively netted just one goal in the last three games, on a combination between Gianluca Caprari (5 goals, 6 assists) and Gianluca Lapadula (7/2). The Italo-Peruvian striker and Nicolas Viola (5/3) have been their only reliable contributors in their skid, and the latter is not necessarily a full-time starter. Adolfo Gaich has fallen into a slump after a positive start, while Roberto Insigne has not exploited his recent chances. Riccardo Improta continuously switches from position to position, making it hard to trust him. Artur Ionita is a secondary option thanks to a pair of recent goals. Continue reading
Genoa: two usual suspects powered them in the Bologna game, as Davide Zappacosta recorded his second goal in a row, while Gianluca Scamacca made no mistakes from the penalty spot, improving to eight goals in the season, six of which coming recently. However, he will miss this one with a minor problem, clearing the way for Mattia Destro (11/1) to be their main finalize. Goran Pandev (6/2) had a brace in the last five matches. Eldor Shomurodov (5/1) has found the target twice in the past four appearances, and Marko Pjaca (3/2) picked up an assist over the weekend. They have not really unleashed Paolo Ghiglione (4 assists) despite the absences on the flanks. Nicolò Rovella could gain some momentum in the midfield with his ability on set pieces. Kevin Strootman (four helpers) and Miha Zajc (1/3) are steady hands. Nicolò Rovella has some value for his ability on set pieces. Continue reading
Thomas Strakosha (7 points): Lazio surprisingly had major trouble working their way around the usually sketchy Parma defense. They eventually got an extremely late game-winner, but that was made possible only because the Albanian goalkeeper, who returned between the sticks after ages, stabbed his arms out at the last moment a couple of times to deny surefire attempts by the Ducali.
Theo Hernandez (13 points): he put together the finest performance of the season for a defender in the commanding win over Torino as, on top of securing the clean sheet, he hit the net twice, with a lefty scorcher in the first goal and with a lovely chip over the goalkeeper on the second one. Continue reading
Juventus benefitted from some luck and perfectly used Sassuolo’s aggressiveness against them, feasting on counter-attacks, to take home a precious win that keeps them alive in the Champions League race.
Adrien Rabiot (6 points): he did not look great on the conceded goal, where he got turned around too easily, but he more than up for the mistake on the other end. He opened the scoring against the run of play with a surgical lefty daisy-cutter from distance and played a part in the second goal too, finding Cristiano Ronaldo with a little header to set up the teammate’s fantastic finish. Continue reading
Thanks to the crucial win against Juventus, Milan are now one step closer to a Champions League return. There are just three games left of the season and they will take on Torino, Cagliari and Atalanta. The former clash is scheduled for Wednesday evening and the Rossoneri need a good result.
The 3-0 win at Allianz Stadium surprised many as Milan secured their first win at the stadium, having failed to register a single point there in a decade. It seems the incredible support shown by the fans on the morning of gameday paid off as Stefano Pioli’s side was a level above Andrea Pirlo’s. Continue reading
Napoli-Udinese: the Partenopei demolished Spezia over the weekend, taking home the fourth W in the last six rounds, where they have tied with Inter and Cagliari. The Friulani are coming off a draw with Bologna after the burning defeat with Juventus. They have won two road matches in a row, with Crotone and Benevento, but have generally struggled against elite competition: 2-0.
Cagliari-Fiorentina: the Sardinians came out on top in the monumental clash with Benevento, conquering the fourth win in the last five matches, but their work is not done yet. The Viola are in a positive stretch as they topped Lazio and Verona and shared the spoils with Juventus and Bologna in the last four contests: 1-1. Continue reading
Atalanta: Rafael Toloi is poised to miss another one with a thigh strain.
Benevento: Pasquale Schiattarella is suspended. Iago Falque is again out with a thigh issue. Daam Foulon is very iffy.
Bologna: no new injuries, but Gary Medel (calf strain) and Federico Santander (ACL tear) are facing an uphill battle to come back this season, while Nicolas Dominguez (knee sprain) and Aaron Hickey (shoulder surgery) are already done. Continue reading
After a decade of failing to register a single point away at Juventus, Milan sent a strong signal to their rivals last night as they beat the Bianconeri 3-0. It was truly well-deserved and the Rossoneri are now one step closer to the Champions League, which would be huge for the club in many aspects.
Stefano Pioli really outdid himself last night as the decision to start Brahim Diaz behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic was one of the winning factors. The Spaniard, who’s on loan from Real Madrid, scored the first goal with a beautifully curled effort and also won the penalty that Franck Kessie, unfortunately, failed to convert. Continue reading
Napoli (4-2-3-1): Meret; Di Lorenzo, Manolas, Rrahmani, Rui; Ruiz, Demme; Lozano, Zielinski, Insigne; Osimhen.
Potential lineup changes: Bakayoko for Demme, Hysaj for Rui, Politano for Lozano.
Likely bench options: Politano, Elmas, Bakayoko.
Probable: Mertens (ankle sprain).
Ruled out: Koulibaly (thigh pull), Maksimovic (COVID), Lobotka (tonsillectomy), Ghoulam (ACL tear).