With the new Serie A season fast approaching, we thought we would ask the bookies for their expectations for the title race, after a summer of frenzied transfer activity in some quarters.
Juventus is the team to beat also for the 2013-14 Serie A. The ‘Old Lady’ are the big favourites for the next season after they improved during the summer market, building on what was already a very competitive squad. The arrival of Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente has given coach Antonio Conte the necessary strikers to perform well also in the Champions League.
They now have many more options and the first objective will be to do well in Europe but without forgetting the Scudetto which this year is going to be more difficult to win. The odds for a Juventus win are at 1.80 and this is also the tip that Marco Narardi, Italian football betting expert, from Betting Tips 4 You has given us.
Rivals have also made some interesting moves to try take the title away from Juve. Napoli have been the team that have made more changes during the summer: the departure of Edinson Cavani has been counterbalanced with a number of acquisitions that have made the team stronger than last season. President Aurelio De Laurentiis has been able to bring to the Vesuvio a top player like Gonazalo Higuain and other experienced international players like Pepe Reina, Raul Albiol and Jose Callejon. Also even if they have lost coach Walter Mazzarri to Inter Milan, they have signed-up Rafa Benitez, who has the necessary experience to make this good team a winning team. Napoli to win the title is at 7.
AC Milan can be backed at 5 even though they haven’t really been impressive in the transfer market. They will be able to have Mario Balotelli from the start of the season and also they have maintained the core structure of the team, however I don’t see them able to compete with the likes of Juventus and Napoli.
Inter Milan have made a good move to sign Mazzarri however the Nerazzurri still need time to rebuild a winning team so we don’t think that they are going to be in the title race for a long. The same thing can be said for Roma who have signed Rudi Garcia as a manager but they surely don’t have the same level of quality of the top two teams.
1.80 is a very good price for a Juventus team who shouldn’t have any major problem in retaining the title.