Juventus won their ninth Seria A title in a row last season but finished just one point ahead on Inter Milan. Can new boss Pirlo guide them to their tenth in their first season?
Will Pirlo have success in his first season?
Last season was an unusual one for Juventus. They won the Serie A by just one point, however, it would have been more had the Champions League not been extended. Due to them resuming their campaign in this competition in August, they rested most of the first teams for the final league games when the Serie A was wrapped up.
With Juventus only winning the league and the fans and players seemingly not impressed with Sarri, the ex-Chelsea manager was sacked. He was replaced by club legend and recently appointed U23’s manager Andrea Pirlo.
To strengthen for next season, Juventus have brought in Weston McKennie on loan from Schalke. On top of this, it looks like Luis Suarez will be joining the club from Barcelona, as long as a work permit is sorted.
Juventus, like Bayern Munich, are the favourites to win their league again. They are priced at 10/11 on Betfair, which is one of the highest prices they’ve been to win the league in a while. However, their squad is fantastic and then will be confident of ending getting that tenth consecutive title.
WHO CAN STOP THEM?
Inter Milan – 15/8
Inter last won the Serie A back in 2009/10. This was a fantastic season for them under Mourinho in which they won the treble including the Champions Leauge. Since then though they declined but seem now to be getting back to their very best.
They brought in Antonio Conte as their manager as well as many big-name players including Lukaku and Eriksen. This saw them record their highest finish in the Serie A since 2010/11. Lukaku had a great season and scored 23 league goals in his debut season.
The fact they were just a point within Juventus will fill them with confidence. If they can turn some of the last years draw against the lower sides into wins, they can really push Juventus all the way.
Atalanta – 15/2
Atalanta was everyone’s surprise package last season, in the Serie A and the Champions Leauge. They scored 98 goals which saw them finish in third place, just five points behind Juventus.
On paper Atalanta doesn’t have the best squad, however, sometimes this can work in a teams favour. The opposition may not take them as seriously or certain players may be rested. Striker Luis Muriel chipped in with 18 goals last season and he will need to do the same again for them to have any chance.
For a club like Atalanta, their main aim will just be securing Champions League football and maybe even a cup run. At 4/6 to finish in the top four, there may be better value backing that then Atalanta to win the Serie A.
Napoli – 11/1
Finishing seventh last season would have been extremely disappointing for Napoli. Head coach Gennaro Gattuso was brought in halfway through the season to shake things up and we expect a better Napoli in 2020/21 because of it.
Napoli have a good squad, but it is one that has a lot of clubs around Europe interested. Kalidou Koulibaly is said to be one of Man City’s targets, whilst Hirving Lozano is another one being looked at by many clubs. Going from seventh to first is too big of a jump and Gattuso will be taking it one step at a time. 8/11 top four odds looks the best bet.
AC Milan – 11/1
Like Inter, AC have been through some tough years but seem to be improving of late. Last season they finished sixth place, however, which still won’t be good enough for the fans.
They finished the 19/20 season positivly as they went unbeaten in 12 games, one of which was a 4-2 win over rivals Juventus. If they can carry on this sort of form this season then who knows. Their frontman Zlatan Ibrahimovic has just signed a new one year contract with the club and he would love to end with a trophy of some sort.
Winner Without Juventus
Betfair has an alternative market of Winner Without Juventus. This is better on who will finish highest placed in the Serie A once you take out Juventus. Inter lead the way on this one at 8/11 but the free-scoring Atalanta are at 9/2. It’s still a tough ask of last years third-placed side but if they keep scoring then who knows!
Similar to that of most leagues around Europe and the Premier Leauge, it is the bottom three sides in the Seria A who get relegated. There are no play-offs to decide who stays and goes and they are replaced by the three highest teams in Serie B.
Spezia – 4/9
Spezia won promotion to the Seria A after finishing third in the Serie B and winning the playoffs. This is the first time Spezia have ever been in the Seria A. They won’t be used to playing this quality of teams so often and after only coming up through the play-offs it could be too much for them.
Crotone – 4/6
Crotone finished seven points ahead of Spezia last season. Unlike Spezia though, this is their third season in the Serie A having being first promoted to it in 16/17. They survived their first season in the Seria A but were relegated the one after. This may help them though as they have experienced what it takes to stay in Italy’s top flight.
Benevento – EVS
Benevento was the third team to be promoted to the Serie A last season. However, they finished 18 points clear of everyone else so are clearly the best team coming up. AC Milan legend Filippo Inzaghi is the current boss of Benevento and will be hoping that their time in the Seria A last longer than one season, unlike last time.
Serie A TOP SCORER ODDS
Cristiano Ronaldo – 6/4
Ronaldo finished the season with 31 goals last season, five behind Ciro Immobile. He is one of the best players in the world still and with 31 last season he is definitely not slowing down. Juventus dominate most of the games and with players like Dybala, Cuadrado and Douglas Costa they will create many chances for him. Ronaldo has been top goalscorer before and he can quite easily do it again.
Romelu Lukaku – 4/1
The Belgian striker had a fantastic first season in Italy. He finished with 23 goals but is very capable of getting more. With Inter looking to push Juventus, they will be desperate for Lukaku to get amongst the goals. He is a huge physical presence who can score with both feet and has great heading ability.
Ciro Immobile – 7/1
With 36 goals last season, at 7/1 this looks too good to be true. Immobile is a fantastic finisher and if he can finish above Cristiano Ronaldo when he scores 31 goals, then there’s no reason he can’t do it again this season.
* Odds listed are with Betfair unless stated.