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This week’s top five performers may seem like a throwback piece as both Gervinho and Daniele De Rossi make it into the list. Yet – just like 36-year-old Fabio Quagliarella – they are representing the veterans remarkably well.


Gervinho – Parma (£0.74)

Newly-promoted Parma made an incredible comeback from 3-1 down away to Juventus on Saturday evening, earning a 3-3 draw versus a side who are still yet to be defeated in domestic action. Former Arsenal man Gervinho is playing a star role in the Ducali’s success this season, the 31-year-old having scored eight goals in 14 starts so far.

His surging runs have been difficult for opposition defenders to cope with this season, and it was the Ivorian who was instrumental in securing the unlikeliest of points in Turin with two goals and a star performance.


Daniele De Rossi – AS Roma (£0.51)

Roma Captain Daniele De Rossi had to watch from the sidelines as the Giallorossi were mauled 7-1 in the Coppa Italia quarter-final versus Fiorentina last Wednesday, but the 35-year-old was determined that they wouldn’t suffer the same fate in a tough league encounter with AC Milan at the weekend.

He would from a lengthy layoff through injury on Sunday to put in a typically assured performance in the Roma midfield, single-handedly erasing the issues in that area that had cost them so dearly in cup action. Never looking to grab personal glory, De Rossi made a series of clean and simple passes to team-mates that allowed the play to flow through him, making a huge improvement in order that the Giallorossi bagged a much improved 1-1 draw.


Gianluigi Donnarumma (£1.15)

In truth, Roma could have won this fixture if it wasn’t for an incredible double save from 19-year-old Gianluigi Donnarumma. It’s difficult to believe that such an established stopper is still so young, and it is down to the man himself that he has seemingly emerged from a poor run of form to replicate his early displays of sublime talent.



Erick Pulgar (£0.56)

After having sacked the inept Pippo Inzaghi, Bologna showed they were justified in appointing Sinisa Mihajlovic as his replacement in the dugout. The Serie A Coach is something of an expert at mid-table clubs, and demonstrated his influence with a shock 1-0 win over Inter on Sunday evening.

The performance of Chilean midfielder Erick Pulgar helped Mihajlovic in his endeavours, as statistics from revealed he registered no less than two tackles, four interceptions, three clearances as well as an assist during the 90 minutes.


Hans Hateboer (£0.78)

Atalanta were made to wait until Monday night for their match in this round, but took the opportunity to dispatch Cagliari with a 1-0 win. That meant that Gian Piero Gasperini’s men drew within one point of the Champions League places, and they had Dutchman Hans Hateboer rather than one of their dynamic front three to thank.

The 25-year-old right wing-back scored the only goal of the game, creating three chances for team-mates, as well as completing 89.5% of 57 passes on the night in what was a superb all-round display.

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About Author

Chloe Beresford is a freelance Serie A writer who has been featured in Mundial magazine, Guardian Sport and in addition to Football Index, regularly contributes to The Sportsman, Tifo Football, Football Whispers and more. She supports Fiorentina and can often be found in the Curva Fiesole as well as attending as many other matches on the peninsula as possible.

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