Serie A Preview “Mid Table” Part 3 #308

12. Genoa 

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Genoa was a team that I fully expected to go down last year after extremely poor form to end the previous season. During the first half of the season it really looked like Genoa would be faced with relegation. They even lost their best talent to Monaco it had seemed that it would was going to be hard to stay up. However the team improved during the second half of the season did a tremendous job protecting their home soil drawing with Champions league semifinalists Roma and beating Inter Milan proving to be a strong team at home. They ended the season conformably in the middle of Serie A earning an improbable 12th place finish. A large part of their success last season was Genoa’s goalkeeper Matteo Perin who is regarded as one of the most underrated goalkeepers in the world. I’ve thought of him as one of Italy’s best and I think he has been for several years. He left to make a strange move to Juve to back up Szczęsny. Despite losing their keeper they still had a solid team that is capable of repeating what they were able to do last year. I don’t think they will be any drop off or an increase in league position they win finish in exactly the same spot at least that’s what I believe. They brought in PSG 20-Year old Lorenzo Callegari and Domenico Criscito from Zenit who will bring quality into the team. They both should mesh well with Genoa’s Diego Laxalt who is the engine of this team. Not going to be threaten by the drop but wont challenge Europe either just smack dab in the middle something Genoa would be happy with given the fact they could of gone down last two years.

 

11. Sampdoria

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Sampdoria are coming off two back to back 10th place finishes after being a team that struggled to avoid the drop Sampdoria did well to avoid that recently. However I think they will drop off slightly despite the fact that Sampdoria was pushing for 8th last season before they crumbled late in the season. They did really well last season beating teams such as Juventus and Roma could of done better as it was viewed as a disappointment to finish 10th having been in striking difference of 7-8 range. Sampdoria have lost much of their fire power having lost Patrik Schick to roma last summer and Lucas Torreira to Arsenal this summer. Losing their best player two years in a row is a major blow to a top 10 finish this season. I believe they will drop off but just slightly this Sampdoria team isn’t a one man show as they have several good pieces throughout the team. Losing Torreira was a big loss they now lack that star player to take over a game but I only see a slight decline. Sampdoria still have Dennis Praet,Karol Linetty and Fabio Quagliarella who is one of the highest goal scorers in Itaila football history even at his age he will continue to score goals which will be key for them this season. They have also brought in Grégoire Defrel and Jakub Jankto on loan deal which could really help them this season. Sampdoria aren’t as good as they were last year but in terms of the quality it will only slightly decrease they should finish around the same place as last season. 

10. Torino

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Torino has finished in the top 10 in back to back seasons I don’t see that changing this season as they should maintain their spot in the top ten. Torino I believe will push back a little but should still find themselves in the top 10 for the third straight season. Torino made a lot of signings but none that I think will be all that impactful. Torino as is is a very strong team capable of another top table finish. This team goes as Andréa Belotti goes he is their star and their most dangerous weapon its very important that he bounces back from a poor season. He only scored 13 goals after 28-goal season in 2017 he must improve if Torino wants to get better he holds such great importance in this team he is so valuable. However Torino have other pieces around him that really steeped up last season as Torino finished 9th despite a low goal total by Belotti’s standards. Torino could have a pretty good attack next year with Adem Ljajić,M’Baye Niang and Iago Falque as attacking options.  Torino also have a strong midfielder in Daniele Baselli a very solid team that can win games I think Torino track back just a little but should gain a 10th place finish. If Belotti scores 25+ goals it could be a different story but as it stands I see them dropping one place but will remain in the top 10.

 

9. Udinese 

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Udinese should see major improvements going into this season after a 14th place finish last season I see them cracking into the top 10 for the first time since the 2012-2013 season. I was even tempted to put them higher as on paper their team looks incredible. Easily the best team in this section of the table with 5 or 6 different players that can be a crucial difference makers throughout this upcoming season. Obviously they have to prove it on the pitch and this may be a bold prediction but I think this team has it in them to crack the top 10 as crazy as it sounds right now in see them as one of my dark horse teams this season. Udin brought in south American star Ignacio Pussetto and Juve youngster Rolando Mandragora who will help this allready very solid team. Ignacio Pussetto can add to what dimensions to what will be a very strong attack who could potential partner with Kevin Lasagna and Rodrigo De Paul. Udin has strong player in every part of the field with Seko Fofana and Valon Behrami in the Udin midfield they will cause issues for many teams this team proved they can beat the top 6. Udin also have a very good defense that can frustrate teams they have a very good attack, defense and midfield. All round if they perform to their ability they could even finish higher then 9th on paper this is a very good football team if they don’t get into the top 10 they will only halve themselves to blame this team is far to good a very underrated team that could shock a few will be a very exiting team to watch in 2019. Udinese will make a massive jump from last year to get a top 10 finish for the first time in 6 years.      

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