Serie A Predictions This Weekend
Juventus vs Verona
Hosting Verona after a significant 1-0 win over Inter, Juventus have an outside shot at Champions League qualification even after their points deduction.
The Old Lady are expected to cruise past relegation-threatened Verona according to football betting markets, and are only seven points off fourth heading into this weekend’s round of matches.
Verona have claimed only two points from their last five Serie A outings. They are five points off safety. It is just one point taken from matches against top six opposition so far this season, which came from a 1-1 against Lazio at home.
The visitors have not won on the road yet this term, scoring only seven goals in 13 matches away from Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi.
In what was a hot-tempered win over Inter, Max Allegri left before the final whistle. His frustration was not at his players, however, and he spoke glowingly of his team’s performances, reserving particular praise for Dusan Vlahovic and the midfield.
"They didn't need me anymore at that point. I was getting irritated, so rather than get myself booked or sent off, I decided it was best to leave. I left it in their hands, the players knew what they were doing…
“I thank the team for giving me a nice relaxing break for international duty, because otherwise it's a tense time. You have to win games also to enjoy the next few days of your life, so I tell the lads, I am of a certain age now, so please win and don't make me suffer too much. They did well.”
This Juventus team is not the most entertaining for the neutral, but their record speaks for itself. Allegri has long been underrated among the sport’s great managers – they churn out results, and beating Inter was a real marker of where this team is at.
With Verona finding it so difficult on the road and Juventus winning 10 of 14 home matches, the outcome seems like a foregone conclusion. Back goal-shy Verona to fail to score again here. Juve to win to nil is value at 21/20.
Napoli vs Milan
With a whopping 19-point lead at the summit, Napoli’s Serie A drought is coming to an end in 2023.
Completely dominant so far this season, the club from Naples are odds-on Serie A betting favourites over Milan. The Rossoneri failed to win their final three league matches before the international break.
Embroiled in a ferocious tussle for the Champions League spots, Milan are four points off second and only three ahead of sixth. They have been performing like a mid-table side since the start of November.
We are rolling with Napoli once again here, and there’s no reason to overthink it. Take the hosts -1.
Serie A Outright Winner Prediction
Juventus finished 13 points behind Serie A champions Inter Milan in 2020/21 but the return of Massimiliano Allegri could rejuvenate the Old Lady as they bid to regain the Italian crown.
Red hot favourites in 888sport's Serie A betting odds, Juve will be tough to beat but it may prove prudent to look elsewhere in the race to lift the Scudetto title. The Old Lady will be popular in every prediction for today games in Italy's top flight.
ATALANTA have been threatening to top the Italian table in recent years and a first Serie A triumph could be on the cards if everything goes to plan for the Bergamo club.
Inter are defending champions but summer departures will hinder their chances of glory while the likes of AC Milan, Napoli and AS Roma may not have enough over a 38-game season.
Serie A Top Scorer Prediction
The only thing standing in the way of CRISTIANO RONALDO and the Serie A top scorer award is mother time. Now 36 years old, the Juventus star could be set for regression if age catches up with him.
With closest goal scoring rival Romelu Lukaku heading back to Chelsea, the path is clear for Ronaldo to finish best of the bunch once again in the Italian top flight goal charts.
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The 90th edition of Serie A kicks off on August 22nd and runs through to May 22nd of next year with a break for Christmas in between.
Reigning champions Inter Milan will be on a high after preventing Juventus from winning a remarkable ten Scudetto in a row though the Nerazzurri head into the new campaign with a different coach after Antonio Conte departed in acrimonious fashion. It is the third time Conte has left a club having guided them to a title.
In his place comes Simone Inzaghi from Lazio who secured four top six finishes during his time in Rome, and the former striker’s first order of business is to retain the services of Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez who scored 41 Serie A goals between them last term.
Betting giants Juventus meanwhile can be expected to bounce back re-energized and stronger after enduring a disappointing campaign in 2020/21.
Like Inter, there has been a change at the top with Massimiliano Allegri returning after a two-year hiatus and the 53-year-old coach has his own high bar to aspire to. Under Allegri the ‘Old Lady’ won five successive league titles and twice reached Champions League finals.
The uncertain future of Cristiano Ronaldo is Juventus’ biggest complication and even at his ripened age, CR7 would be a huge loss, averaging a goal every 96 minutes in the league last season.
Still, with Euro 2020 stars Chiesa, Bernardeschi and Morata on their roster, not to mention Paulo Dybala, Juventus has plenty of goals in their arsenal. A few players could challenge the Serie A top scorers in 2021/22...
It is Allegri’s reinstatement however that best explains why the Turin giants start the campaign as firm favourites despite their recent struggles. He tends to get the best out of a club that is formidable when in its pomp.
Speaking of goals, last season saw a bumper amount of them across the league with an average of 3.06 per match topping any other year this century and if that is a cause for eager anticipation so too is the expected continuation of Atalanta’s rise to prominence.
Three consecutive third-place finishes for the ‘Goddess’ suggests she can no longer be considered a plucky over-achiever. She is here to stay, competing at the very top under the shrewd guidance of Gian Piero Gasperini.
Elsewhere, intrigue surrounds Serie A newcomers Empoli, Salernitana, and Venezia who each have the potential to surprise while Napoli, Roma and Lazio will be looking to build on solid campaigns.
All these storylines will develop across 38 rounds of fixtures in 2021/22 and every page and plot-twist will be covered in detail by 888sport, your home for Italian football.
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The 2021/22 Serie A season begins on August 22nd and though the fixtures have not yet officially been released, Saturday evening and Sunday games are often reserved for the bigger matches.
Games can be viewed in the UK via Premier Sports while every Serie A goal and highlights package is made available on the league’s YouTube channel. Check out our prediction for today games in Italy here at 888sport!
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It would be wrong to wholly see it this way but a good rule of thumb when assessing Juventus’ chances this season of making it ten titles in 11 years is not to compare them to the Juve of last term but instead recall their dominance under Allegri.
Andrea Pirlo’s twelve months at the helm can hardly be viewed as disastrous, with I Bianconeri winning two domestic trophies but at no stage did they seriously mount a challenge to Inter in Serie A and ultimately Champions League qualification was settled for.
Under Allegri, by comparison, the ‘Old Lady’ was all-conquering and a much more complete proposition, averaging over 90 points across the coach’s five seasons.
That seven of the current side’s most important players were around during Allegri’s final successful season is pertinent and if he carries on where he left off, expect his charges to follow suit.
Yet, for all that Juventus are rightfully priced as favourites we can also expect an open championship to excite in the months ahead. The betnumbers prediction for today on Italian football can be found right here!
With their prolific strike-force Inter cannot be easily dismissed while a decent transfer window by Atalanta, Napoli, or even Milan, might see them in the mix throughout.
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In its present round robin format Serie A has existed since 1930 and it’s perhaps hardly shocking to learn that Juventus boast the most Scudettos, winning 36 in total.
Add in the 21 occasions the Turin club have finished runner-up and they have been in the reckoning for over half a century of Italian football.
Most relevant to previewing the forthcoming season, they recently had a stranglehold on Serie A, winning nine titles in a row.
The two Milan football betting behemoths meanwhile, Internazionale and AC Milan have also lifted the Coppa Campioni d'Italia numerous times, with 19 and 18 respectively. Each have enjoyed sustained periods of supremacy.
Beyond these three, we find only infrequent moments of glory for others unless we go right back to the Grande Torino days of the Forties. Roma, Lazio, Fiorentina and Napoli have a scant nine titles between them.
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FIRST PUBLISHED: 24th July 2021