Check out the latest odds on the title, top-four, relegation and golden boot favourites as Serie A football resumes this weekend.
A three-month hiatus will end this weekend as Serie A football returns to our TV screens. The Italian league follows in the footsteps of the Bundesliga and LaLiga, with matches to begin on June 20.
There is, of course, plenty to be excited about.
Before the coronavirus pandemic, Italy had hosted one of its most exciting title battles in years. Lazio and Inter Milan kept Juventus close for company all season; determined to prevent the Bianconeri from winning a ninth consecutive league title.
An intriguing top-four battle, on the other hand, was unfolding as Atalanta continued to defy expectations. While 10 teams faced the threat of relegation, and the battle for the Capocannoniere grew more intense by each passing game.
So ahead of the return of Italian football, Ronaldo.com checks out what odds bookmaker William Hill has given on these key battles.
Juventus to win another Serie A title
The Bianconeri haven’t been the same well-oiled machine we were accustomed to seeing under Massimiliano Allegri.
Games that should be a walk in the park for Juventus have instead turned into an ugly affair. Nobody has grasped Maurizio Sarri’s concepts, which has left them susceptible at times.
A run of nine wins in their last 11 games, however, was enough to reclaim top spot in the league standings.
Although the Coppa Italia final defeat to Napoli could leave Juventus vulnerable on Monday’s trip to Bologna. The Rossoblu, who narrowly lost 2-1 in Turin last time out, are chasing European football. Therefore, they’ll show Sarri’s men no mercy at the Renato Dall’Ara Stadium.
More tricky fixtures against AC Milan, Atalanta, Lazio and AS Roma will follow in the last 12 games.
But William Hill has given Juventus favourable odds of 1.36 to win the Serie A ahead of Lazio (3.75) and Inter Milan (12.00).
The bookmaker is clearly banking on the Bianconeri’s proven track record to deliver titles and a certain Cristiano Ronaldo to lead the way.
Top 4 race
Inter’s spot in the top-four is practically secured, with an eight-point gap between themselves in third and fifth-place Roma. Boasting a game in hand only strengthens this belief.
Therefore, William Hill has given Antonio Conte’s side very strong odds of 1.00 to qualify for Champions League football.
Joining the Nerazzurri should be Atalanta, with odds of 1.17.
Gian Piero Gasperini has developed one of Europe’s most exciting teams, securing a shock top-four finish last season. They’ve since qualified for the Champions League quarter-finals for this term.
While the attacking trio of Josip Ilicic, Luis Muriel and Duvan Zapata has helped Atalanta boast the league’s best goal record of 70 goals.
Roma (4.33) are Atalanta’s closest challengers with Napoli (21.00) and AC Milan (51.00) next up.
Seven points are all that separate 11th-place Sassuolo to Lecce in 18th as we enter the final third of this season.
Like everyone else, William Hill believes SPAL (1.07) and Brescia (1.05) are doomed in the relegation battle. Therefore, it’s all about that one remaining spot in 18th.
Despite a run of three wins in their last five matches, Lecce (1.61) are still the bookmakers’ tip for relegation. It’s a surprise considering the Giallorossi are still level on 26 points with Genoa (3.75) in 17th.
Torino (11.0) Udinese (8.00) and Sampdoria (5.00) could be in danger as well.
Ronaldo has lit up the goal charts this season, scoring a sensational 21 goals in 22 games. The Juventus ace even found the back of the net in 11 consecutive matches, equalling Gabriel Bautista and Fabio Quagliarella’s record.
Despite Ronaldo’s prolific form, William Hill expects Immobile to win a third Capocannoniere award with odds of 1.14.
What the Italian striker has achieved for Lazio this season has been remarkable. He’s beating Ronaldo comfortably in the Serie A scoring charts, scoring 27 goals in 26 appearances.
So it looks like Ronaldo may have to settle for second through odds of 5.50, with Inter’s Romelu Lukaku (41.00) completing the top-three.