Serie A Preview
After much anticipation, Serie A is back, and with Italy winning the Euros earlier this summer, we're expecting a bang from many of the players returning from international duty. Won last year by Inter Milan (Internazionale), who knocked Juventus from their lofty perch. They took the Scudetto back to the San Siro for the first time since 2011, and they won't want to relinquish their hold on the title this season.
The season gets underway on the 21st August 2021, and even though many teams tried to push Inter last season, they won with games to spare and a 12 point gap over their local rivals AC Milan. But with several players expected to move on from their teams in Serie A, will this season be as cut and dry?
Serie A 2020/21 Recap
The question on the lips of every Italian football fan is who will lift the Serie A trophy. Juventus had enjoyed complete domination until last season, and the Scudetto found an almost permanent home at the Allianz Stadium. However, a strong Inter side that featured Romelu Lukaku, Christian Eriksen, and Nicolo Barella helped Simone Inzaghi lift the title for the first time in his managerial career.
Not only that, but for the first time in almost a decade, Juventus finished outside of the top two. Napoli also finished in the Europa League placings with Atalanta stealing third spot. However, Roma missed out on a spot in Europe, with the remaining place going to cross-city rivals Lazio.
Serie A Winner Odds
In terms of the betting markets, it's Juve who are favourites at 3/4 even though they've only brought in 22-year-old Weston McKennie from Schalke. However, given their previous form in the league and Ronaldo leading the line, it's easy to see why they have the shortest odds. Elsewhere in Milan, Gianluigi Donnarumma has switched from AC to PSG, but that doesn't mean the Rossoneri should be ruled out of the title race at odds of 13/1. However, we believe Inter offer the best value at odds of 3/1 to retain their Scudetto title even though they've lost the goal-scoring prowess of Romelu Lukaku to the premier league.
Serie A Relegation Odds
Last season fans saw Parma, Crotone, and Benevento relegated to Serie B. All of whom we think will be looking to bounce back in the coming season. But it's also time to look at who could potentially make the drop, and as well as the newly promoted teams, some Serie A regulars could find themselves in hot water.
In the betting odds, Spezia joins newly-promoted Salernitana, Venezia and Empoli as one the favourites to be relegated from Serie A.
Narrowly missing out in the last campaign, Spezia will need to find a rich vein of form to secure top-flight football. Still, if they can pick off wins against teams rooted to the bottom, then we think they'll survive once again.
Further up the rankings, Torino and Cagliari also managed to save themselves from the drop thanks to some last-minute wins and draws. If the newly promoted teams get off to a flyer, they could be potential teams to watch in the relegation battle.
Serie A Top Goalscorer Betting
When looking at the player who can find the back of the net in any game in Serie A, all eyes fall to the magician that is Cristiano Ronaldo, who was the winner of the Capocannoniere with 29 goals last season.
This season he'll face a new challenge for his crown as Romelu Lukaku has made the switch to the Premier League. Ciro Immobile (11/1) and Lorenzo Insigne (50/1) will need to find their scoring boots if there is a hope of catching him, but in the betting markets, it's Inter Milan's Lautaro Martinez who follows Ronaldo at odds of 6/1, with Duvan Zapata of Atlanta also at odds of 6/1 and on loan, Alvaro Morata priced at 9/1.
Bet on the Best in Lombardy
The rivalry between Inter Milan and AC Milan has been well documented, with many games at the San Siro causing hearts to race and providing fans with some outstanding results. Inter currently have 17 consecutive victories in the Derby Della Madonnina, with the last game ending in a 3-0 win to Internazionale, and even though the first meeting between the two teams isn't until November, it's still a game filled with anticipation. Known as the smaller team in Lombardy, Atalanta have cemented their Serie A status since promotion in 2011. Finishing third behind their local rivals last season, they surpassed Juventus in the league table and secured a place in the Champions League. With all of the teams finishing in the top three in Serie A, it comes down to who will be the best this season, and with Inter looking to secure successive league titles, we're going for Inter to be the best.
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