Juve Set To Dominate Again - Serie A Betting Preview
Can Juventus continue their dominance this season?
Juventus have dominated Italian football for the past two seasons and look set to do so once again as they have got rid of some of the dead wood in their squad while also investing wisely, and quite heavily in players like Carlos Tevez, Angelo Ogbonna, Fernando Llorente (free) and Federico Peluso. These additions have certainly strengthened Juve's squad on paper and it would not be a surprise to see them win their third consecutive Scudetto. They are certainly worthy favourites to win Serie A at 8/11 and with Antonio Conte back in the dugout for a full season hopes are high for The Old Lady.
AC Milan are likely to be Juventus' main rivals this season with Mario Balotelli looking to inspire the Rossoneri to their first title since 2010/11. Their squad looks pretty competitive but barring Super Mario it's hard to see who will inspire Milan to victories in their toughest matches. Juve look pretty nailed on to win the title so perhaps it's better to follow Balotelli in the Top Goalscorer market at 10/3.
Last season's main challengers to Juventus were Napoli and despite losing Edinson Cavani to PSG for a vast sum they look to have a quality squad under new manager Rafa Benitez. Pepe Reina has come in from Liverpool, Higuain, Callejon and Albiol have joined from Real Madrid and Belgian star Dries Mertens has also come in to bolster the lineup. Cavani was inspirational for Napoli but they do look good value at 9/2 to win Serie A considering the excellent investments they've made with the money from PSG.
Outside the top three in the betting it's hard to see any challengers for the Scudetto. That said, Fiorentina have made some intriguing signings and should at least challenge for Europe. Mario Gomez fell down the pecking order at Bayern Munich but looks a decent buy at €16m. He should chip in with plenty of goals for last season's fourth placed team. The experienced Massimo Ambrosini could be an inspired signing from Milan, while Josip Ilicic also adds plenty of quality to the midfield. La Viola are tempting at 14/1 to win the league, as is Gomez at 5/1 for Top Goalscorer.
At the other end of the table Serie B champions Sassuolo make their debut in the top tier of Italian football and are 11/10 to finish in the bottom three and that looks like a great bet. They have invested in some Serie A experience, with Reto Zeigler and Simone Zaza joining from Juventus but they will have a tough task to stay in a very competitive league.
With Cavani out of the picture, Udinese's Antonio Di Natale should go very close to being top scorer in Serie A this season. At 10/1 he looks great value, even worth an each-way interest.