Serie A Match Predictions (21/22)
Fiorentina vs Inter Milan (Tuesday, 7:45pm)
Table-topping Inter squashed any doubts about their title-defending credentials in style last weekend with a thumping 6-1 win over Bologna and travel to Tuscany full of goals and confidence.
In fact, only three sides across Europe have been more prolific at this early juncture.
If that suggests they are coping just fine without Romelu Lukaku they will be further encouraged by I Viola’s recent habit of conceding cheaply, with 1.5 goals per game costing Vicenzo Italiano’s team any conviction in their back-line.
The reason it has not cost them actual points is because Dusan Vlahovic is once again finding the back of the net with unerring regularity.
The deadly Serb has already notched three times after bagging 21 last time out in Serie A. Vlahovic is worth backing in football betting markets to score anytime at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.
Sampdoria vs Napoli (Thursday, 5:30pm)
Napoli head to Udinese on Monday evening before making the long journey to Genoa three days later to face a Sampdoria side who are looking better and better every matchday.
A comprehensive 3-0 triumph over Empoli on Sunday brought two goals for Francesco Caputo and all-round showed that Samp have the patience and variety of attacking means to find a way regardless of stubborn defences. Both traits will stand them in good stead this season.
As for Napoli meanwhile, clear progress is being made under Luciano Spalletti and it bodes well they are accruing good results despite Lorenzo Insigne not yet exploding into life.
A draw feels right for this one and sports betting punters can find a fair price for it.
Roma vs Udinese (Thursday, 7:45pm)
This is a mouth-watering top six clash featuring two sides who were both unbeaten until Jose Mourinho’s men were surprisingly downed at Verona on Sunday.
Even in defeat though, Roma continued their habit of free-scoring, with captain Lorenzo Pellegrini grabbing a third of the season, and what a finish it was.
Whisper it quietly, but Mourinho’s Giallorossi are fast gaining a reputation for being thoroughly enjoyable to watch this term while Udinese are no slouches either in the goal-scoring stakes.
Former Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu is the man to watch with two in three. Both teams to score is a solid shout to include in a bet builder.
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 outright betting odds, Juve will be tough to beat but it may prove prudent to look elsewhere in the race to lift the Scudetto title.
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.
Serie A Predictions Today
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.
Sports 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.
How To Watch Serie A In UK
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.
Serie A Outright Predictions
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.
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.
Top Serie A Betting Teams
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