Odds-on Inter look nailed on for Serie A glory
Jose Mourinho's first year in Italy furthered his reputation as 'The Special One' as Inter Milan romped to the title and the question now is, is the 2009/10 Serie A season set to be another one horse race?
Inter, 4/6 championship outright jollies, instantly clicked under Mourinho last year, so much so that a seventeenth Scudetto was nearly in the bag by as early as Christmas.
And you could argue that they've won it this year before the ball has been kicked, especially after the sensational transfer coup that saw them collect Samuel Eto'o and £25million in exchange for the unpredictable Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Talk as much as you like about who is better, Eto'o or Ibrahimovic, but I don't think it matters. The Swede guaranteed a great scoring ratio every season and, as he showed in Barcelona, Eto'o will do exactly the same.
Defensively they're just as sound as last year as well and through Esteban Cambiasso they have perhaps the best holding midfielder in the world.
And if the chasing pack struggled to contend last season then it could be even worse this time around after Juventus still failed to fill a number of holes in the transfer window while AC Milan were considerably weakened from mega-bucks outgoings.
Juve, 11/4 outright shots, were impressive last season as they held off AC to claim a respectable second place finish and that should be where they'll be in May 2010.
The ever-green Alessandro Del Piero remains a big inspiration and I bianconeri finally appear to be over the enforced relegation that was imposed on them after the match-fixing scandal.
A gamble has been taken in appointing rookie manager Ciro Ferrara but at least he'll have the fans on his side unlike previous manager Claudio Ranieri.
The big money signing of Diego from Werder Bremen certainly catches the eye, while Fabio Cannavaro is a legend but it just doesn't seem quite enough for me.
But while it's hard to think Juventus can maintain a challenge, I think it's impossible to see AC Milan justifying their third favourite 9/2 tag.
The loss of Carlo Ancelotti and Kaka is sure to massively dent Milan's chances but there is so much more about the San Siro residents that make them un-backable for me.
David Beckham made a big impact in his short time in Milan, but he's also gone, while Nesta, Pirlo, Ronaldinho, Seedorf and Gattuso are all the wrong side of thirty.
The acquisition of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is interesting and he could potentially form a sumptuous partnership alongside the highly touted Alexandre Pato but it's by no means a given - it seems more likely that another season of ridicule from their city rivals is on the cards though.
Other teams that could be worth looking out for could be last season's fourth place finishers, Fiorentina (40/1) and Roma (16/1).
A slow start cost Roma dearly last year as they were forced to settle for a sixth place finish and a place in the new Europa League.
Luciano Spalletti knows the pressure is on to produce so expect big things from Francesco Totti and Daniele De Rossi. If they don't produce, Spaletti will be gone.
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