Being a football fans comes with its high and lows, and by its very nature both extremes are often experienced within the realms of the same season. While fans of some teams have aspirations of seeing their heroes lifting some silverware come the end of the campaign, many live in regular fear that May could bring one of the worst experiences for any person as a fan – relegation for their beloved club.
The infamous Calciopoli scandal of 2006 saw Juventus demoted to Serie B for the first time in the club’s history, and this represented an unthinkable situation for fans of the Bianconeri.
So, here we will take a look at the teams likely to struggle against the dreaded drop from Serie A this season.
The favourites, at this stage, are by far Sassuolo. Only two points from the first seven games have indicated a real struggle for a club who have only just entered Italy’s top flight for the first time in their 91-year-history, having been crowned Serie B champions last season.
Five goals scored aren’t too bad from a side’s first seven games among their respective nation’s elite, but 21 goals conceded indicates a real struggle for defensive solidarity, and this appears likely to prove their undoing this season.
Bologna and Livorno are the two favourites to occupy the other two bottom-three spots with various bookies, though the latter’s form has seen them sit 13th – above expectations perhaps, but with only a five point margin between themselves and third-from-bottom Sampdoria there is plenty of time for the Labronici to fall into the scrap if they are unable to continue their decent form thus far.
As far as the outsiders go, Atalanta have longer odds with most bookies and recent form doesn’t seem to have exactly offered plenty of signs of encouragement, and so while this is a slightly longer shot the most adventurous of punters may find some value with this one, with relative inexperience certainly playing a potential part. The club have not exactly set the top division alight since their arrival in 2011, and could face a struggle by the time May arrives.
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