The great Serie A binge has reached its last course. Three days in just over a week; not bad for fans and fantasy coaches who practically never stopped. Of course, for some teams the hellish cycle is not over as the European cups return next week.
Obviously we are all looking for fresh news: once again we rely on the team of Sky Sport reporters. The work of our correspondents these days it is more valuable than ever. Between physical problems, ballots, absences and surprises it is not easy to set up a competitive fantasy. Let’s go straight to the solo without getting too lost in chatter: this is the situation from the 20 Serie A fields
INTER-UDINESE, Sunday at 12:30
Inter, Dzeko returns. Who by his side?
Bomber defenders in 2021: Dimarco is now on the podium
After the initial bench against Empoli, Edin Dzeko is ready to put on his starting shirt but in view of Udinese the question concerns the Bosnian’s attacking partner. Who between Lautaro and Correa? With Sanchez on the pitch from the start in the midweek, the Correa hypothesis is by no means to be put aside, on the contrary. The ‘Tucu’ is in pole position. On the right, Dumfries overtakes Darmian while in defense, after Skriniar’s rest, it cannot be ruled out that the turnover ‘hits’ de Vrij. Chance for Ranocchia. In the median, on the other hand, a rest lap probably for Barella, with Vidal ready to replace him.
Udinese, Pussetto still has problems
His exclusion from the match against Verona had surprised a little but then it was immediately understood that for Pussetto it was a physical problem. The knee still has problems and therefore in all probability it will also be absent at San Siro. The one who returns instead is Deulofeu, who Gotti managed precisely with the aim of returning against the Italian champions. The former Milan should, however, start from the bench with Success hoping for the second game as a starter in a row but there is always the option Pereyra alto and Makengo inserted in the median with Arslan and Walace.
FIORENTINA-SPEZIA, Sunday at 3pm
Fiorentina, forced attack for Italian
Nico Gonzalez is still positive at Covid while Saponara is to be verified. Together with Vlahovic therefore only Callejon and Sottil remain unless Maleh is raised. “Necessary” ballot on the right: Odriozola has just returned from two consecutive benches and therefore we cannot yet assume his ownership. Instead, there are many options for the midfield but someone, necessarily, will have to take a breath. Perhaps it will be in that department that Italian will have to evaluate with the utmost attention.
Spezia, Motta does not want to hear about tiredness
“They are young and two games in a row cannot be an excuse to be tired”. This is Thiago Motta’s summary of the possible turnover against Fiorentina. In terms of availability, the technician hopes to recover Sala and Erlic. Verde hopes to regain a shirt as a starter while the nice words spent for Strelec can make us think of his confirmation in the starting line-up.
GENOA-VENICE, Sunday at 3pm
Genoa, starting shirt ready for Pandev
When we think about the starting line-up of a team, the first thing to do is to look at the infirmary and lately, among the teams with the most doctors’ appearances, there is Genoa. For Sunday’s delicate challenge Ballardini still has Fares, Hernani, Bani and Maksimovic out. Behind then there will be Biraschi with Masiello fighting for a jersey with Vasquez. In the median, on the other hand, we will probably see Touré again while in front of us we think about Pandev’s return from the first minute.
Venice, midfield and attack decided
There don’t seem to be big doubts about two departments in the Venice home. Ampadu’s disqualification, combined with Vacca’s new unavailability, should result in ownership of the trio formed by Busio, Kiyine and Crnigoj. In attack, there remains the small doubt linked to Aramu who, however, should grit his teeth. Henry returns as owner while Okereke remains immovable. Behind, on the other hand, the return of Haps is ready while Caldara is at risk from the bench.
SASSUOLO-EMPOLI, Sunday at 3pm
Sassuolo, news in defense and attack
Fresh from a very heavy success at the Turin Stadium, Sassuolo tries to hit the third consecutive victory. Dionisi should re-propose both Chiriches and Toljan in defense. On the left, instead, Kyriakopoulos is a candidate. The Frattesi-Lopez couple, unless they are in precarious physical conditions, will be very confirmed while in attack we should review Scamacca with a possible ballot Defrel-Raspadori on the outside trocar. Boga and Djuricic have recovered and trained with the rest of their teammates but perhaps it is still too early to see them both from the start.
Empoli, forced change in the middle
First red in Serie A for Samuele Ricci who then skips the Reggio Emilia match. In the median Andreazzoli has some solutions but the most accredited is the one that foresees Haas owner. In defense on the left Marchizza returns while in the middle Luperto is in a runoff with Isamjli. Di Francesco is not yet at 100%, Pinamonti is certainly not in doubt but up there it is not so obvious that Cutrone will be there from the beginning. In fact, a sort of double playmaker is also possible with Henderson and Bajrami simultaneously on the pitch.
SALERNITANA-NAPLES, Sunday at 6pm
Salernitana, rebus attack for Colantuono
Osimhen injury, the latest news
The midweek comeback victory has given Salernitana new security: now comes the derby with Napoli and there are 4 candidates for two jerseys up front. In the last round everyone set foot on the pitch: possible tandem Bonazzoli (fresh off the goal) and Simy (decisive with Schiavone’s 2-1 assist) but certainly both Gondo and Djuric are not totally cut off. In defense we could see Gagliolo from the beginning while Obi, Di Tacchio and Kastanos go towards confirmation in the median.
Naples, Osimhen out: calf problem
Victor Osimhen will miss the commitment with Salernitana, stopped by a muscle problem in the calf: on Sunday the checks to assess the extent. In its place more Mertens than Petagna. Spalletti also thinks of a moderate turnover. Mario Rui, for example, must defend himself from Ghoulam’s attack. In the median Demme could be proposed from the beginning while in attack.
ROME-MILAN, Sunday at 8.45pm
Rome, El Sha overtakes Miky
Abraham-Tomori, is a challenge between fraternal friends
A question of formation (resolved) for José Mourinho who receives the leaders Milan at the Olimpico. The fourth consecutive equal formation in the league should not occur. Mancini and Ibanez will be the central players while Cristante will act alongside Veretout. The ‘different’ name appears on the trocar compared to the usual one: El Shaarawy seems to have exceeded Mkhitaryan in the approval rating. The Armenian is not going through a particularly positive moment and the “Pharaoh” hopes (as a former) to prove that he deserves promotion for the future as well. Villar, Diawara, Reynolds and Borja Mayoral are still out of the squad
Milan, two ballots still to be resolved
The situation from the Rossoneri infirmary speaks of a Rebic still in pain. The player has done custom work and will not be available. In defense, both Kjaer and Theo Hernandez are ready to return from the start. In the median, on the other hand, there are three eligible candidates but only two jerseys. It is possible that Tonali remains out with Kessié and Bennacer as owners. Brahim Diaz is back on the trocar but this is one of Pioli’s two formation doubts. The training sessions have not given too many indications but the Rossoneri 10 is in a run-off with Krunic. Same goes for the central striker: it is not certain that Ibra is the chosen one since Giroud is not left out. Pioli will wait until the end for both ballots
BOLOGNA-CAGLIARI, Monday at 8.45pm
Bologna, Arnautovic recovers
There will be two discounted returns to Bologna: Soumaoro and Soriano, unavailable against Napoli on Thursday due to disqualification, will return from the first minute. Headlights aimed at Casteldebole on Arnautovic. The attacker did not play midweek also due to a small muscle problem but Mihajlovic expects to have him back even if at the moment he is not yet sure his presence on the pitch from the first minute. Orsolini therefore remains on the alert. In the median pair formed by Svanberg and Dominguez.
Cagliari, Mazzarri awaits good news
The list of unavailable players, to date is long and full of possible holders, but given that the rossoblù will play on “Monday Night”, Mazzarri has more time to receive good news about Strootman, Godin and Nandez. If the midfielders don’t make it, watch out for the possible surprise Oliva. In attack, however, Pavoletti still seems to be slightly favored over Keita even if he is almost certain of the relay, he will see both with minutes on the pitch.
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