SERIE A 2017/18 OUTRIGHT BETTING PREVIEW
The 2016/2017 edition saw Juventus win their 6th consecutive 'Scudetto' and the Bianconeri are odds on favourites to retain their title. The Old Lady have lost two of their best defenders in the shape of Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves this summer and suffered a disappointing 3-2 defeat at the hands of Lazio in their first official match of the season, the Italian Super Cup. They look stronger in midfield and attack as they signed the likes of Federico Bernardeschi, Blaise Matuidi and Douglas Costa. But will they be the usual solid team at the back without skipper Leonardo Bonucci?
Roma, who begin life without Francesco Totti this season, only came 4 points short of Juventus last year. They had an eventful summer as manager Luciano Spalletti moved to Inter Milan and striker Mo Salah to Liverpool. The likes of Leandro Paredes and Antonio Rudiger also left the club. Former Sassuolo manager Eusebio Di Francesco is rebuilding the team through the signings of Rick Karsdorp, Cengiz Under, Bruno Peres, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Juan Jesus, Mario Rui, Hector Moreno, Maxime Gonalons, Aleksandar Kolarov and Gregoire Defrel.
Napoli have done a fine job holding all their talents. They have been very quiet in the trasfer market so far with Adam Ounas representing the sole new signing. Anyway, should they reach the final stage of the Champions League, we expect the Azzurri to brought in some new face. They enter their third season under coach Maurizio Sarri and they have undoubtedly shown the best quality football in Serie A. The Partenopei look set to come closest to Juventus, but need the self-belief to take them that step further.
AC Milan have had the most exciting summer of any Italian side. Mattia De Sciglio is the only major departure, while Leonardo Bonucci, Andre Silva, Hakan Calhanoglu, Andrea Conti, Mateo Musacchio, Lucas Biglia, Franck Kessie and Fabio Borini have all arrived. As a result, many pundits consider the Rossoneri a contender in the title race. Can Vincenzo Montella's men become a serious Serie A contender after a such restyling?
After a disappointing season, Inter Milan will have Luciano Spalletti in charge and a number of new faces in order to reach a top 4 finish. The Nerazzurri have signed Borja Valero and Matias Vecino from Fiorentina, Milan Skriniar from Sampdoria and Dalbert from Nice. They enjoyed an impressive pre-season, beating the likes of Lyon, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Villarreal and Betis Seville. They will have no European football duty this season and this could be a huge advantage over their rivals (can you remember Chelsea last week?)
Best of the rest?
Lazio have recently beat Juventus in the Italian Super Cup, showing they can repeat last season's impressive performance under the guide of manager Simone Inzaghi. The probable departure of Keita Balde can weaken the team and the Europa League participation is another key factor to deal with.
Fiorentina definitely have a much weaker squad than the previous seasons having lost the likes of Bernardeschi, Borja Valero and Vecino.
Atalanta, the surprise package of the 2016/17 season, having lost Kessie and Conti, will probably fade. They will also have to play two competitions (Serie A and Europa League), something they are not used to do.
SERIE A 2017/18 OUTRIGHT ODDS
- Juventus @ 1.85
- Napoli @ 7.00
- AC Milan @ 7.50
- Roma @ 13.00
- Inter Milan @ 15.00
- Lazio @ 67.00
- Fiorentina @ 176.00
- Atalanta @ 301.00
- Torino @ 751.00
- Sassuolo @ 1001.00
- Udinese @ 1001.00
- Sampdoria @ 1501.00
- Genoa @ 1501.00
SERIE A 2017/18 OUTRIGHT PREDICTIONS
|OUR PICKS||BEST ODDS||BOOKMAKER|
|Top 4 Finish: AC Milan||1.50|
|Top Goalscorer: Dries Mertens||9.50|
|Highest Scoring Team: Napoli||2.50|
|Top 10 Finish: Torino||1.40|
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