Betting Preview and Odds for the Serie A 2021/22 Season
Italy surprised a lot of people this summer by winning Euro 2020 only three years after failing to even qualify for the World Cup in Russia.
The players will have an extra week to prepare for domestic duty compared to their La Liga, Bundesliga and EPL counterparts. But Serie A will kick off on Saturday, August 21, and all eyes will be on Juventus to see whether it can win back the title from Inter.
A lot has changed at both clubs – and throughout the Italian top-flight – and I will be taking a look at the main stories going into the new season.
It feels as though it will be an entertaining and open race for the top spots, with a number of sides able to challenge for the coveted Champions League places.
Read on to find out more about who to target at the top soccer betting apps – and what else to look out for in Serie A for the 2021/22 season.
Maxi Allegri Returns to Juventus
Like many of the other big European soccer leagues, there has been a lot of change in the managerial positions this summer. Head coaches have swapped roles and moved around the league, with some familiar faces returning to some of the most coveted jobs.
After the Andrea Pirlo experiment at Juventus failed, the club has looked to former coach Maxi Allegri to win back the league title this year. He won five successive titles between 2014 and 2019 and has now returned to rescue the club from going another season without winning the league.
He inherits a squad that has changed little from last season and with a lot of attention on Messi in the summer, I get the feeling that Cristiano Ronaldo will want to generate a few headlines once the season actually kicks off.
|Maxi Allegri’s Record at Juventus|
|2014/15||Serie A, Coppa Italia|
|2015/16||Serie A, Coppa Italia, Supercoppa Italiana|
|2016/17||Serie A, Coppa Italia|
|2017/18||Serie A, Coppa Italia|
|2018/19||Serie A, Supercoppa Italiana|
Elsewhere, Simone Inzaghi has taken over at champions Inter and Luciano Spalletti is the new head coach at Napoli.
Both will have their hands full trying to keep up with Juve this season after losing key personnel.
The Giallorossi have gambled on the special one remaining, well, ‘special’ after largely failing at his last two posts at Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur in the EPL.
Roma’s owners are probably hoping that Mourinho can regain the success he enjoyed at Inter over a decade ago. I think some major disappointment might be in store though, as Mourinho has been left behind by the game’s best coaches in my opinion.
Serie A – Big Names Depart
At a time when financially troubled soccer leagues are desperate to convince broadcasters to pay handsomely for television contracts, those running Serie A will be worried that the world’s attention has fallen away from Italian soccer.
A lot has changed since the heyday of the 1990s, and Messi’s move to France will have focused the world’s gaze on Ligue 1 rather than Serie A. And, big name departures from the Italian top-flight will not have helped either.
He is still very young and is likely to be the Italy number one for quite a while, so his move is not a good look for the league. Comparisons to Gianluigi Buffon’s long Serie A career are obvious.
But even the foreign players that have helped prove that Serie A is an attractive destination for the very best, have been leaving during this offseason. Atalanta’s Cristian Romero’s loan move to Spurs in the EPL is a blow for both La Dea and the league – but it is Romelu Lukaku’s departure that will really hurt.
After winning the scudetto with Inter last season, and being criminally undervalued in England, it seemed as though the Belgium striker had proved his critics wrong and was looking forward to winning more trophies with the Nerazzurri.
But a £97.5 million deal from Chelsea was too big to ignore and now Inter – and Serie A – will be without one of their biggest stars for the 202/22 season.
Juventus to Win Back the Title?
The idea was that Juventus would sign Ronaldo and he would help the club to continue racking up Serie A titles and also push on to reclaim the biggest prize of all – the Champions League.
Appointing Pirlo as head coach always seemed a little hasty and now Juventus has returned to Allegri to lead the club to further glory.
There has been very little transfer activity so far in Turin though – and Allegri seems to be more intent on keeping some of the players he already has, rather than bring in any reinforcements.
With a more settled management style and the full trust of the players that should be enough though.
Mind straight on the next match ⚽️💪 pic.twitter.com/PN8k0oNsc2— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) August 9, 2021
If Paulo Dybala stays, Allegri will have Ronaldo, Morata, Chiesa as well as the Argentinian forward to use – and that is about as fearsome as it comes in Serie A.
A midfield rotation of McKennie, Ramsay and Rabiot boasts further talent and the Juventus defense has been in safe hands for years with Chiellini and Bonucci.
The fact that bookmakers such as Betway are offering a price of 2.10 for Juventus to win the title seems very attractive. I can’t remember the last time the Bianconeri weren’t odds on for the scudetto – and I have a feeling that the odds will shorten dramatically in the coming months.
The Race for Fourth
Even with Lukaku leaving, Inter should be fine for a Champions League place.
The romantics would love Atalanta to be able to compete for the title as well, but I’m not sure that the squad is deep enough to seriously challenge.
The Bergamo club has just about sewn up a top three finish in the last few years though, so that leaves one remaining Champions League spot for the rest of the big clubs to fight over.
Milan was the surprise package last year. Which lead the way for the majority of the first half of the season. But the Rossoneri couldn’t keep up with city rivals Inter after Christmas and had to be content with a second-place finish – something that was not expected at all at the beginning of the campaign.
The club has retained its faith in Stefano Pioli as head coach and there have been some interesting arrivals in keeper Maignan from Lille and Tomori from Chelsea. Giroud is a new option up front as well, so Milan may now expect to retain that Champions League place.
Napoli had gotten used to competing in Europe’s premier competition. It will be a second successive season in the Europa League for the Partenopei now that new boss Spalletti will need to navigate. His job will be much easier if Insigne is convinced to stay.
Roma and Lazio will both expect to be in with a shout as well. I’ve already mentioned that I feel as though Mourinho’s tenure at the Stadio Olimpico will end in failure – and I think that Lazio might struggle without Inzaghi in charge.
New head coach Mauricio Sarri will want to get the club challenging for a first league title in 20 years, but that would need a lot more consistency from the Biancocelesti.
- Juventus (1.12)
- Inter (1.33)
- Atalanta (1.44)
- Napoli (2.10)
- Milan (2.25)
- Roma (2.37)
- Lazio (3.00)
Who Will Win the Serie A in 2021-22?
It looks as though it is Juve’s title to lose this season then.
After Inter promised a renewed rivalry at the top of Serie A by taking the scudetto last season, losing some of its biggest stars – including head coach Antonio Conte – has thrown away all that good work.
Atalanta will probably score the most goals once again, but just cannot compete with the wealth of the Turin club.
There are a lot of clubs occupying the middle of the Serie A table who will feel as though they have an excellent chance of qualifying for the Europa League and Conference.
It is well worth keeping an eye on those races as well as what is going on at the top.
But the three promoted clubs, Empoli, Salernitana and Venezia, are heavily fancied to make a swift return to Serie B – so the relegation battle might be a little more straightforward.
One thing that cannot be denied is the passion of the Italian top-flight – and the fans should be in fine voice after watching the national side triumph at the European Championship in the summer.
Hopefully the domestic season will produce just as much excitement for Serie A fans.
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