Exploiting favorable match-ups is always a good idea when picking the lineup. Juventus have arguably the most favourable one this week, as they host Benevento, who are having the worst start in Serie A history and has already conceded 29 goals this year. Massimiliano Allegri will operate some rotation, but he will continue to ride Gonzalo Higuain, who is coming off a terrific week. Federico Bernardeschi could be a sneaky pick, as he scored in his lone two starts.
Lazio have an easy fixture on paper: Udinese has won in their last two fixtures, including the one in Sassuolo, but had lost in the previous four away games. The Biancocelesti are always very efficient against low-table teams and have had several high scoring matches so far. Unfortunately, Ciro Immobile is questionable for the game with some muscle fatigue and could be preserved for the Italy playoffs. If he was not fielded, somebody else would have to pick up the slack, likely Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Luis Alberto.
Speaking of injuries, Alejandro Gomez could miss the Spal game to try to solve the foot problem that has been bothering for a while. While their best player has been sidelined, Josip Ilicic and Jasmin Kurtic have stepped up for Atalanta and the former serves as main offensive playmaker. Rafael Toloi could be a good pick for the defence, as he rested in the Europa League tilt.
Mauro Icardi has scored of most of his goals at home: the match-up is not super cozy, but Torino’s defence could be leaky at times. Sampdoria will be technically on the road, but they will obviously play at Luigi Ferraris in the Derby della Lanterna, where they have won all five bouts this year: Fabio Quagliarella is a big-game player and has scored and assisted twice in the last four games.
Crotone have the second worst defence on the road and Bologna will try to get back on track after three losses in a row: they will be helped by the return of Rodrigo Palacio. Simone Verdi has not scored much this year, but he has been quite brilliant and has a decent chance in this one. Leonardo Pavoletti could be an under-the-radar pick: Hellas Verona have conceded at least two goals in their last four away matches.
As for the defence, Daniele Rugani and Alex Sandro could be good candidates if they got on the pitch. Sassuolo has scored only once at Mapei Stadium so far, so picking somebody, like Leonardo Bonucci or Ricardo Rodriguez, from the much maligned Milan backline could be a decent idea in this weekend.
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