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Historically, the Italian Serie A football league is one of the most followed and at various times over the past 100 years it has been known as the strongest in Europe.
The Serie A has been on a slight downward trend since those heady days, with the EPL and La Liga overtaking it as the most glamourous in the world.
Italian football, on both the national and domestic front have produced some of the greatest teams in history with the likes of AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus dominating Europe at certain periods.
As recently as 2014 the Serie A was named the second best league in the world, but has moved into third place behind the EPL and Spanish La Liga.
That said, the Italian league has produced the most European Cup finalists over the years and Serie A is widely praised for his tactical astuteness.
The Serie A has been home to 42 of the world’s top 100 footballers as selected by the prestigious FourFourTwo magazine in an article done in 2017.
On a weekly basis, the league is one of the toughest to predict with only Juventus providing any real certainty with regards to a favourite tag. The Turin based club are the defending champions and will start as odds-on favourites to clinch another trophy.
The club are 1.45/1 favourites to win the title but the chasing pack are also on short odds, meaning a real struggle for supremacy tin the 2018/19 campaign.
Napoli (7.5/1), Roma (8/1) and Inter Milan (8/1) are all capable of lifting the silverware at the end of the season and punters can do well taking a chance on an upset.
Fans of former giants AC Milan could well earn a belter with the side at 21/1 to lift the highest Italian honour.
Lazio (67/1) are the next most likely team to win the league.
But all the talk this season is on Juventus, with the Old Lady swooping in to nab Cristiano Ronaldo away from Real Madrid.
Juventus have the most titles, a whopping 34, while the club has finished as runners up an incredible 21 times.
The side have won the last seven consecutive titles and are the most dominant club in any of the major leagues across the world.
The saying, “this is not over until the Fat Lady has sung” is definitely relatable to the Old Lady, and they are rightly installed as firm favourites. Based on historical data, recent form and new signings the club will likely romp to the title once more. Bettors will do well to place a large wager on Juventus and while the odds are low, the likelihood of a winning stake is almost guaranteed.
Bettors can have a field day punting on which sides will qualify for Europe or which teams will be relegated, or use Juventus in a double bet. Juventus to win title and Napoli to finish second for example.
The last team to snatch the title, some eight years back is the famed AC Milan, known simply as Milan. They have won the top honours 18 times. They have been going through a dry spell of late and are more likely to fight for a place in the top six rather than push for the top spot. They have been languishing in mid-table for the past few seasons and will need a serious cash injection to keep pace with Europe’s leading sides.
Intern Milan, or Internazionale, have also lifted the title on 18 occasions and while they have not covered themselves in league glory for many years they have been competitive in Europe and boast a decent side. An outside bet on Inter Milan winning the title is not the worst stake in the world.
The Milan based side were the most consistent league winners before the current age of Juventus dominance and they lifted the title on four successive times from 2005/6 to 2009/2010.
Napoli, Lazio and Roma make up some of the other number one contenders but between these three well established clubs they only boast a combined seven titles. Lazio do have last season’s top scorer in the Serie A in their ranks and Cirro Immobile will be looking to better his 29-goal mark.
Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi also finished on a league leading 29 goals last campaign and the hopes of the Internazionale team will rest heavily on the Argentinean’s form.
But with Ronaldo headed to Juventus the odds on top goal-scorer come season end will be changed dramatically in favour of the Portuguese star. His partners up front Gonzqlo Higuain and Mario Mandzukic may also be a chart-toppers and cannot be discounted when betting on the Serie A leading goal-scorer.
The fight for a starting berth up front at Juventus will tough, with Brazilian forward Douglas Costa also in the mix.
It is just this kind of depth that makes Juve the favourites as counting in variables such as injuries mean that squad quality will come to the fore.
As for relegation, the likes of Bologna, Cagliari, Chievo, Genoa, SPAL and Udinese are all tipped to some degree to struggle to maintain their place in the Serie A next season.
Take in the likes of Serie B promoted sides like Empoli, Parma and Frosinone and the race for the drop will be a frenetic and exciting times for bettors across the world.
The Italian Serie A has often been known in betting circles for the amount of drawn encounters, especially 0-0 results, but this is only a myth as statistics and math has shown that the Italian football league provides more win results than England.
The fight for top honours, the wooden spoon, European spots and outright relegation will be played out across the fields of Italy and bettors can enjoy what will be another entertaining spectacle.