Six Serie A titles in a row and counting, it seems the Scudetto has found a permanent home at the Old Lady’s newly named Allianz Stadium. Yet, what supporters of Italian football really crave is a true title race that goes to the wire. Well, many pundits predict this year may well be the year.
However, bookmakers do not share their sentiment. The odds at redbet.com have Juventus priced as 1.8 odds-on favourites. Odds like that do little to convince anyone that the title maybe going anywhere else other than Turin. So where does this seemingly misplaced optimism come from?
Firstly, the promise of greater domestic rivalry to challenge Juventus imperious dominance. Napoli, under the masterful guidance of Coach Maurizio Sarri are clear second favourites at 3.8. Napoli played some unbelievable attacking football at the end of last year and have a relatively unchanged squad. A squad at their peak of their playing powers that finally believe they can go all the way. Is this the year, Napoli finally bury the “El Diego” glory days?
Then, there is the re-emergence of the Milan clubs. AC Milan, now under Chinese ownership have spent big this summer and are priced at 7.00. They have brought in some serious talent highlighted in capturing Leonardo Bonucci from Juventus.
Spalletti pulling the strings at Inter
Luciano Spalletti is now in charge at Inter Milan and has brought with him his decisive high-tempo style of play. Inter are now priced at 11.00 after a positive pre-season. They laid out their true title credentials with a 3-1 away win at rivals AS Roma in the second game of the season.
AS Roma drifted to 15.00 after this defeat. After losing Spalletti and some key players, they will need time to adjust. However, great things are expected under promising new coach Eusebio Di Francesco.
On the other hand, Juventus have focused on addressing their Champions League shortcomings this summer. The departure of defensive giant Leonardo Bonucci paved the way for Juventus to adopt a more attacking approach. Such a drastic change in playing philosophy gives rivals hope that Juventus will take time to adapt and lose more games this season.
The arrival of two exciting attacking wingers in Douglas Costa and Federico Bernardeschi means Juventus will certainly be more dynamic. It is this style they hope will help them turn the corner in Europe and at the same time clinch them yet another Scudetto.
This year’s Serie A race could be the most open in years. Great news for both fans and punters alike who want to experience the ups and downs of an exciting Scudetto title race.