Of all Europe’s top divisions, Italy’s Serie A is often the one crowded with the most unpredictability despite the Scudetto dominance of Juventus.
Resurgent Parma are set to start five points down on the rest but the Crociati’s return to the big time has though brought a smile to those of us who remember the heyday of Serie A and not one but two great Parma teams of the 1990s.
They may not be as star-studded this time around but that is counteracted across the league by the signing of one CR7. The arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo in Turin suggests another season of domination for the Bianconeri.
Ronaldo – Top Goalscorer @ 20/33
The lack of value in his price to win the Capocannoniere makes it seem odd to offer him up but it is tough to look elsewhere and in doing so he would do something his Brazilian namesake never achieved.
This will be a strange season at Juve with no Gianluigi Buffon between the posts but they are sure to add some interesting names to an already talented squad and they and their new talisman should have too much for the competition.
Napoli – Serie A without Juventus @ 2/1
For the neutrals, Napoli have been the team to watch in recent years and with Maurizio Sarri gone, they have appointed the perfect firefighter in Carlo Ancelotti.
While Sarri was fiery and demonstrative, ‘Carletto’ is more laidback than an ironing board and has often proved the man to stabilise big clubs who have either struggled in the previous season or lost an iconic coach.
He won the Scudetto with AC Milan in 2003-04 and while a second title is a tough ask, the Partenopei should again provide the main competition for Massimilano Allegri’s men.
Lazio to finish in the top four @ 16/5
While the big business seems to be going on around them, Lazio have again gone about their transfers quietly, plucking players from more obscure leagues or from lesser Italian sides to bolster their options.
Despite losing Stefan de Vrij on a free, the £50m sale of Felipe Anderson gives them money to spend and Simone Inzaghi appears a really shrewd operator.
I Biancocelesti missed out on the top four on the final day last term but I think Inzaghi and his team are improving together and look a real value shot to make the Champions League.
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