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Odds to Win Serie A: Juventus Forced to Delay Title Celebration After Shock Defeat to Spal

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Juventus’ lead at the top of the Serie A table has now been cut down to 17 points, but with just six matches remaining in the domestic campaign it would take more than a minor miracle for them not to be crowned champions. The Old Lady could have won the title this past weekend, but a shock 2-1 defeat away to Spal put paid to any hopes of breaking out the champagne.

Meanwhile, Napoli continues to do its utmost to put up a challenge. After a 1-1 draw with Genoa, they eased past Chievo with a 3-1 win and remain second in the table, seven points ahead of Inter in third.

Juventus remains on brink of title

Juventus will be forced to wait to celebrate their domestic triumph after failing to take six points from their last two games. They started well enough, coming from behind to beat AC Milan 2-1 in Turin.

Milan had led at the interval but the equalizer came on the hour mark through Argentine striker Paulo Dybala, before Moise Kean came off the bench to grab the winner with just six minutes remaining on the clock. That meant a win in their next game against Spal would wrap up the title for another year.

But the Old Lady missed out on the chance to secure their eighth league title in a row with a surprise 2-1 defeat at Spal. They will now have to wait until next weekend’s match, against Fiorentina, for a chance to be crowned champions of Italy once again.

It all seemed to be going according to plan when Moise Kean put Juventus ahead after half an hour. But the home side equalized on 49 minutes before snatching a win with 15 minutes remaining to record their first victory over Juventus since February 1957.

In all honesty, this is unlikely to make any great change to the outcome of the title race. Juventus has won 27 of 32 league games played so far, are the leading scorers in the league and boast the best defensive record.

And their price remains at the same low odds for a title win. Juventus is priced at just -2000000 to win the league title and it is likely to happen in that match next week against Fiorentina.

Napoli hanging in there

Napoli is trying to push Juventus all the way but it now looks a futile exercise. Carlo Ancelotti’s side could take just four points from their last two league matches after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Genoa last week.

To make matters worse, Genoa had been reduced to 10 men in the first half, but Napoli simply could not capitalize on the advantage. Dries Mertens fired Napoli into the lead on 34 minutes, but Genoa responded three minutes into first-half injury time, with Darko Lazovic converting from close range after Koray Gunter had seen an effort come back off the bar.

Napoli did, however, get the job done against Chievo to make Juventus wait on their crown. A double from Kalidou Kouliably got Napoli on the road to victory, with the central defender heading his side into the lead after only 15 minutes.

That lead kept Napoli going until the second half, when Arkadiusz Milik doubled their advantage on 64 minutes and Koulibaly made sure of the points 10 minutes from time. Chievo netted a consolation goal at the end of the match but it was too little, too late to change anything here.

Napoli has clearly been the best of the rest this term. They are the only side, Juventus apart, to notch 20 wins in the league by this stage of the campaign, and they have lost fewer matches than anyone else, Juventus aside, while conceding at a rate of less than a goal a game.

However, it would now take a miracle for Napoli to win their first league crown since 1990. They are all the way out at +200000 to do so and next week they host Atalanta in a tough game.

ODDS TO WIN 2018-19 SERIE A

Odds as of April 15 at Bovada

  • Juventus -2000000
  • Napoli +200000

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Defending Serie A champion Juventus is 18 points clear at the top of the table as it closes in on an eighth successive league crown. A 1-0 win over Empoli was followed up by a 2-0 victory over Cagliari, and it is just a matter of time now until the Old Lady are crowned league champions.

Napoli is doing its best to put up a fight, but defeat to Empoli last time out appears to be the final nail in their coffin. Right now, Napoli’s priority will surely be on maintaining second spot.

Juventus very close to title

Two more wins have put Juventus within touching distance of the title. First, in their 1-0 win against Empoli, teenager Moise Kean came off the bench to grab the winner late in the second half.

The game had been low on entertainment until that point, with Empoli content to sit back and try to snatch a point. But ultimately Juventus’ technical class shone through for them to record yet another three points on their way to domestic glory.

And during midweek they opened up an 18-point lead over Napoli with a 2-0 win away to Cagliari. Leonardo Bonucci headed the Old Lady into the lead midway through the first half, before Kean popped up again late into the game to make sure of the points, although there was a bitter end to the game with the youngster subject to racist abuse from the stands.

There is simply no stopping this Juventus side and the vast majority of this season has been a stroll for them. They even managed these wins without their talisman Cristiano Ronaldo.

Juventus’ league numbers for this season are simply astounding. They have won 26 of 30 league games and lost just once, they are the leading scorers in the league and boast the best defensive record in the division – it must be hoped that next season the likes of Inter and AC Milan can put up a more sustained title challenge.

Juventus is now at just -2000000 to win the title and at this stage only a fool would bet against them. They host AC Milan this coming weekend and will be looking for the three points that could wrap up the title once and for all.

Napoli loses to fall 18 points behind

It is now time for Napoli to throw in the towel. After a hugely impressive 4-1 win away to AS Roma, Carlo Ancelotti’s side lost 2-1 at Empoli to fall 18 points behind Juventus with just eight games remaining.

A second-half blitz was enough to give Napoli the points in the capital. Arkadiusz Milik put Napoli ahead against AS Roma after only two minutes, but the hosts equalized from the penalty spot right on halftime. In the second half, goals from Dries Mertens, Simone Verdi and Amin Younes gave Napoli the points in a dominant display and allowed them to build up some momentum ahead of their trip to Empoli.

But that is where the wheels came off their title challenge for the last time. The surprise 2-1 defeat for Napoli helped Empoli move out of the relegation zone and has all but ended Napoli’s hopes of a first Serie A crown since 1990.

If Juventus beats AC Milan and Napoli loses to Genoa the following day then the title will officially be decided. Napoli has given it their best shot but Juventus is just light years ahead of their domestic rivals at this moment in time.

Napoli has won 19 of 30 league games and lost just five, but they still trail the champions by close to 20 points. Their defence has remained well drilled but in truth there does not look to be enough goals in this side to maintain a sustained title challenge throughout the entire season.

Napoli is all the way out at +100000 to win the crown but you should not hold your breath. This weekend they host Genoa and will hope to stay in contention for another week yet.

ODDS TO WIN 2018-19 SERIE A

Odds as of April 5 at Bovada

  • Juventus -2000000
  • Napoli +100000

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League leader Juventus succumbed to its first defeat of the campaign this past weekend, going down 2-0 away to Genoa, but the defending champions are still likely to wrap up the title with their 15-point lead. The week before they put four past Udinese in a 4-1 win and it now appears to be a mere formality until they are officially crowned league champions for the eighth season in a row.

Napoli, however, continues to put up resistance as they also put four past Udinese, beating them 4-2 this past weekend. However, their 1-1 draw the week before away at Sassuolo means they have won just one of their last three league outings.

Juventus slips up but it is unlikely to make difference

Juventus’ unbeaten campaign in the 2018-19 Serie A season came to an end this past Sunday afternoon as they lost 2-0 to Genoa. Stefano Suraro opened the scoring in the 72nd minute before veteran forward Goran Pandev made sure of the points in the closing stages.

In truth, Juventus played a weakened side, having beaten Atletico Madrid 3-0 to make it into the last eight of the UEFA Champions League, and they remain 15 points ahead of Napoli in second place. At this late stage, it would take more than a minor miracle for anyone else to snatch the title away from the defending champions.

The weekend before, Cristiano Ronaldo had not been on the scoresheet as the Old Lady cruised past Udinese 4-1. Moise Kean bagged a brace, with Emre Can and Blaise Matuidi also getting in on the act and, after their victory over Napoli 15 days ago, set them on their path to the domestic crown.

The numbers that Juventus has managed to accrue this season are quite simply astounding. They have won 24 of 28 matches played so far (no one else has reached 20), losing just the once, while scoring at a rate of over two goals per game, and boasting the best defensive record in the league.

Despite that loss last time out, their odds on retaining the league title are even shorter than they were two weeks ago. The Old Lady are now at just -150000 to win the domestic crown once again, and next time out they host a struggling Empoli outfit where normal service will most likely be resumed.

Napoli hits four but too little, too late

Meanwhile, Napoli was given a scare when goalkeeper David Ospina was taken to hospital on Sunday after collapsing during his side’s 4-2 win over Udinese. The 30-year-old fell to the ground just before halftime and had to be replaced.

Napoli had opened up a two-goal lead after only 26 minutes, only for the visitors to be level just 10 minutes later. In the second half the home side regained control of the contest, however, and restored that two-goal cushion with just over 20 minutes of the tie remaining.

The win came on the back of the club collecting just a single point from their two previous encounters. First came that defeat against Juventus before they were held to a 1-1 draw away to Sassuolo. On that occasion it took an 86th-minute equalizer from Lorenzo Insigne to grab a share of the spoils, and with just 10 matches remaining, the 15-point difference between first and second place looks far too big to make up.

Napoli has won 18 of 28 games played so far this season, more than anyone other than Juventus. They have also lost just four matches, fewer than anyone other than Juventus (the Old Lady did the double over their title rivals this season).

Napoli is conceding goals at a rate of less than a goal a game, but if truth be told they probably have not been ruthless enough in front of goal to really challenge the champions. It seems foolish criticizing Ancelotti and his Napoli outfit, because the gap between Juventus and the rest is so large.

Despite that win this past weekend their odds on a first Serie A title since 1990 have risen again and now stand at +15000. Next time out they face a tough trip to AS Roma.

ODDS TO WIN 2018-19 SERIE A

Odds as of March 19 at Bovada

  • Juventus -150000
  • Napoli +15000
  • AC Milan +450000
  • Inter Milan +450000

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Defending champion Juventus traveled to the home of its greatest title rival, Napoli, and emerged with a 2-1 victory, as good as putting an end to any debate about where the Serie A league title is going to end up this season. Goals from Miralem Pjanic and Emre Can gave Juventus a 2-0 lead before José Callejón pulled one back for the hosts.

Elsewhere, AC Milan moved up into third by edging past Sassuolo 1-0. They overtook city rival Inter, which lost 2-1 away to Cagliari to drop down into fourth spot.

Juventus beats Napoli to move 16 points clear

Defending champion Juventus moved 16 points clear at the top of the table with a 2-1 win away to rival Napoli. The hosts were reduced to 10 men when goalkeeper Alex Meret was sent off for tripping Cristiano Ronaldo, and Pjanic scored from the resulting free kick.

Emre Can doubled Juventus’ lead before halftime and it looked like the game had been put to bed. However, the contest sparked back into life almost immediately after the restart when Pjanic was then given his marching orders for a deliberate hand ball.

José Callejón pulled a goal back for the home side just after the hour mark and it looked as if Napoli would grab a share of the spoils when it was awarded a penalty late on. However, Lorenzo Insigne missed the resulting spot kick and the Old Lady took all three points and, in all probability, the Serie A title for an eighth season in a row.

With just 12 games remaining in the campaign, Juventus’ lead stands at 16 points, a lead which has never been overturned so late in a season. This now looks to be a mere formality.

Juventus remains the only undefeated side across all of Europe’s major leagues and has won 23 of 26 league games played so far this season. They are the leading scorers in the league, have the best defensive record in the division and it is now abundantly clear that, on the domestic front at least, there is simply no side to match them.

And this important win has slashed their odds on retaining their crown. The Old Lady are now as low as -100000 to win the Serie A title. They host Udinese this coming Friday night and will be expecting to pick up another three points.

Napoli has still won 17 of 26 matches played to date, an admirable effort, but it is just not enough to keep pace with Juventus. They have not been prolific enough in front of goal, despite their excellent defensive record, and some big names will have to come in over the summer transfer window if they are to challenge Juventus next season.

Unsurprisingly, this defeat has seen Napoli’s odds on a first Serie A title since 1990 more than treble. Having been at +3300, Carlo Ancelotti’s side is now out at +10000 to get its hands on the crown. Next up for them is a trip to Sassuolo.

Milan takes third place

A quick word on AC Milan, whose 1-0 win against Sassuolo took them up into third place, above city rival Inter. The Rossoneri have now won four league games in a row, and are just eight points behind Napoli in second – it is not inconceivable that they could catch them up over the next 12 rounds.

This was not exactly a vintage performance from AC Milan but they did enough to get the points in the bag and after an inconsistent season they are now at least picking up points on a regular basis. Like Napoli, more technical quality will have to be added over the summer if the side wants to challenge Juventus, but coach Gennaro Gattuso has done an admirable job in steadying the ship.

Milan has won just half of its league games played so far this season – Inter has won more – but an organized defence has helped them climb the table. Milan comes in at just -275 to secure a top-four finish this term.

ODDS TO WIN 2018-19 SERIE A

Odds as of March 4 at Bovada

  • Juventus -100000
  • Napoli +10000
  • Inter Milan +450000
  • AC Milan +450000
  • Lazio +450000
  • Atalanta +450000
  • Torino +450000
  • Sampdoria +450000
  • AS Roma +450000

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There was another victory for Juventus this past weekend as the Old Lady squeezed past Bologna 1-0 to maintain their 13-point lead at the top of the table. Paulo Dybala scored the only goal of the game midway through the second half as the defending champions appear to have one hand already on this year’s league title.

Meanwhile, there was relief for Carlo Ancelotti and Napoli as they got back to winning ways with a 4-0 thrashing of Parma. And Inter Milan was left cursing their luck as they conceded a 101st-minute equalizer against Fiorentina to draw 3-3.

Juventus wins again to edge closer to title

Defending Serie A champion Juventus maintained its unbeaten record in the league with a narrow 1-0 win away to Bologna. Paulo Dybala netted the only goal of the game and the Old Lady, who have won the last seven Serie A titles in a row, look to be cruising toward an eighth with their 13-point lead over Napoli in second place still intact.

Bologna came close to an equalizer in injury time but goalkeeper Mattia Perin was equal to Nicola Sansone’s effort. Bologna played well and matched the champions for large periods of the game, and can perhaps count themselves a little unfortunate that they did not come away with a share of the spoils.

Cristiano Ronaldo failed to score for the first away game since September but he is still expected to win the Golden Boot award. The Portuguese forward is at just -400 to finish the Serie A season as top goalscorer.

And Juventus’ numbers in the league this term simply do not bear comparison. They have won 22 of 25 league games so far, are the only unbeaten side across Europe’s top leagues, are scoring at a rate of over two goals per game and boast the best defensive record in the division.

This latest victory has done nothing to change their odds on an eighth successive league title, however. The league leaders remain at -20000 to retain their crown and next week will face their biggest test of the domestic campaign when they travel to take on Napoli.

Napoli gets back to winning ways on the road

There was a dominant performance from Napoli as they got back to winning ways with a bang in Serie A, thrashing Parma 4-0 away from home. Napoli’s technical quality showed throughout and after two frustrating goalless draws in a row, this was the perfect response.

Arkadiusz Milik was the star for the visitors, scoring two as Napoli thrashed their hosts. A fluid performance in attack was refreshing to see after their struggles over recent weeks in the final third of the field.

Napoli has won 17 of 25 league games played so far but those two recent draws mean that this title race is not as close as it could have been. While their defence is almost airtight, a lack of goals has cost them at key times this term in the race for the title.

Nevertheless, this win has cut their odds slightly on a first Serie A title since 1990. Having been out at +4000, Napoli is now at +3300 to finish top of the pile come the end of the season, and next time out will be looking to cut Juventus’ lead at the top when they welcome the champions to the San Paolo.

Inter drops points in injury time

Jordan Veretout rescued a point in the 101st minute for Fiorentina as they snatched a 3-3 draw with Inter Milan. There was some late VAR drama, with the referee eventually deciding that the penalty should stick after the ball had struck Danilo D’Ambrosio on the arm.

Inter’s dropped points means that AC Milan is now just a point behind them, while the Nerazzurri are a full 10 points behind Napoli in second place. Again, however, those dropped points have not changed their odds on a dramatic title victory, which they are priced at +150000 to achieve.

ODDS TO WIN 2018-19 SERIE A

Odds as of February 25 at Bovada

  • Juventus -20000
  • Napoli +3300
  • Inter Milan +150000
  • AC Milan +400000
  • Lazio +450000
  • Atalanta +450000
  • Fiorentina +450000
  • Sassuolo +450000
  • Torino +450000
  • Sampdoria +450000
  • Chievo +450000
  • Roma +450000

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Another week and another 3-0 win for Juventus, this time the opponent being Frosinone as the Old Lady continue to steamroll their way toward the Serie A title. The win helped the champions extend their lead at the top of the table to a massive 13 points, and it now looks as if it would take more than a minor miracle to see anyone else crowned champions come the end of the season in May.

Their cause was once again helped by Napoli failing to pick up three points as they were held to a goalless draw at home by Torino. With Inter Milan winning again, the gap between second and third has now been cut to just seven points.

Juventus cruises to victory

Juventus is now 13 points clear at the top of the Serie A table after they cruised to a comprehensive 3-0 win over lowly Frosinone. Paulo Dybala opened the scoring for the champions after only six minutes and from that moment there was simply no looking back.

Leonardo Bonucci doubled the lead after only 17 minutes and Cristiano Ronaldo put the icing on the cake just after the hour mark for his 21st goal of the season across all competitions. Juventus had 18 shots on goal in the match and in truth could have added to their tally.

They have won 21 of 24 league games played so far this season and remain the only undefeated side across all of Europe’s major leagues. Juventus is scoring at a rate of over two goals per game and boasts the best defensive record in the division.

This latest win has slashed their odds on retaining their title even further. Having already been at just -4000, Juventus is now down at -20000 to be crowned champion come the end of the season. Next up for them is an away game against Bologna.

Napoli held again to fall further behind

Napoli missed a host of golden opportunities as they could only manage a goalless draw at home to Torino to fall 13 points behind Juventus. The home side was in control almost from the first whistle to last, but they could not turn that domination into the tangible advantage of goals.

Lorenzo Insigne was particularly profligate in front of goal and it may well be time to accept that once again this is going to be a triumph for Juventus. Torino rarely threatened but Napoli simply was not clinical enough in the final third.

Napoli has still won 16 of 24 matches which is impressive in itself but two draws in a row looks to have killed any momentum they had built up. Ultimately, their timidity in the final third looks to have dented any title aspirations and it is an area that will have to be addressed in the summer.

Unsurprisingly, this draw has lengthened Napoli’s odds on a first Serie A title since 1990 considerably. Having been at +1600, Napoli is now out at +4000 to get their hands on the trophy. Their next league encounter is away to Parma.

Inter wins again to close in on second spot

Radja Nainggolan scored a late winner as Inter Milan edged past Sampdoria 2-1 at the San Siro. All three goals in the game were scored in the space of five hectic minutes, as Danilo D’Ambrosio put Inter ahead on 73 minutes.

Manolo Gabbiadini then leveled for the visitors two minutes later but Nainggolan wrapped up the points with a low drive three minutes after that. The result meant a third straight loss for Sampdoria while Inter sets its sights on second place.

Inter has won 14 games so far this season but six defeats has hurt their title aspirations. They boast an excellent defensive record but have struggled as an attacking unit for the vast majority of the campaign.

While they are out at +150000 to actually win the title, the Nerazzurri can finish the season strongly and still finish above Napoli. Their next league game is a tough one away to Fiorentina.

ODDS TO WIN 2018-19 SERIE A

Odds as of February 19 at Bovada

  • Juventus -20000
  • Napoli +4000
  • Inter Milan +150000
  • AC Milan +400000
  • Lazio +450000
  • AS Roma +450000
  • Atalanta +450000
  • Fiorentina +450000
  • Sassuolo +450000
  • Torino +450000
  • Genoa +450000
  • Sampdoria +450000
  • Parma +450000
  • Chievo +450000

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It was very much business as usual this past weekend for defending Serie A champion Juventus as they cruised to a 3-0 win away to Sassuolo. The result helped them extend their lead at the top of the table to 11 points, and it would now appear to be only a matter of time until they are celebrating another domestic triumph.

Their cause was helped by Napoli failing to find the back of the net on the road, as they settled for a 0-0 draw away to Fiorentina. That result in turn helped Inter get closer to second spot as they won away from home 1-0 at Parma.

Juventus cruises to another win

There were no stumbles in the road this week as Juventus returned to winning ways with a hugely impressive 3-0 win away to Sassuolo. Sami Khedira opened the scoring midway through the first half, before Ronaldo bagged his 20th goal of the season on 70 minutes. The Portuguese veteran is at just -450 to finish the season as top goalscorer in Serie A.

Emre Can put the icing on the cake as the Old Lady continued their Serie A dominance. They have won 20 of 23 matches played so far and are the only team across Europe’s big leagues not to lose a match yet. In addition, they are scoring at a rate of over two goals per game and boast the best defensive record in the division.

It is therefore of no surprise to see that their odds on retaining their title have shortened even further following this latest victory. Having already been at just -3300, Juventus is now at -4000 to wrap up the league title, and next time out they host Frosinone where they will fully expect to collect another three points on their way to the title.

Napoli drops valuable points

Napoli shot themselves in the foot when they could only manage a goalless draw away to Fiorentina, thereby allowing Juventus to extend their lead even further at the top of the table. As mentioned before on these pages over recent weeks, Napoli can afford precious few slip-ups between now and the end of the season, and while in normal circumstances a point at Fiorentina would be no bad thing, Napoli really needs to be winning all their games if they are to have any chance of winning their first Serie A title since 1990.

Only Juventus has won more games than Napoli so far this season, and with Napoli still to host their title rivals before the end of the season, they will have the perfect chance to show that they are capable of beating the Old Lady. However, it looks like being too little, too late, for this season at any rate.

Dropped points means that Napoli’s price on that league title win has lengthened slightly. Having been at +1400, Carlo Ancelotti’s side is now at +1600 to finish top of the pile come May. Next up for them is a home match against Torino, which they simply must win.

Inter wins on road to close gap

And finally, Inter Milan got back to winning ways as they recorded a 1-0 victory away to Parma. Argentine striker Lautaro Martinez scored the only goal of the game with just 11 minutes remaining, and helped Inter move closer to Napoli in second place.

This ultimately has been a season of disappointment for Inter. Heavy investment over the summer transfer window has not translated into tangible success on the pitch, and next season will need to see a marked improvement from the Nerazzurri.

The side has won an impressive 13 games, but six defeats in 23 league outings is simply not good enough for a side with genuine title aspirations, as Inter had at the start of the season. Their defence has been excellent but their attack has let them down badly – Sassuolo, down in 11th, has scored more goals than Inter in third place.

Inter may be out at +100000 to actually win the title but they should book a spot in the top four. They are at just -400 to achieve that feat this term.

ODDS TO WIN 2018-19 SERIE A

Odds as of February 11 at Bovada

  • Juventus -4000
  • Napoli +1600
  • Inter Milan +100000
  • AS Roma +150000
  • AC Milan +250000
  • Lazio +250000
  • Atalanta +250000
  • Fiorentina +450000
  • Sassuolo +450000
  • Torino +450000
  • Genoa +450000
  • Sampdoria +450000
  • Parma +450000
  • Chievo +450000
  • Frosinone +450000
  • Spal +450000
  • Udinese +450000
  • Cagliari +450000
  • Empoli +450000
  • Bologna +450000

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It is indeed a rare occasion, but defending champion and current Serie A table topper Juventus was stunned by a late Parma comeback this past weekend as the Old Lady were forced to settle for a hugely entertaining 3-3 draw. Rallying from a two-goal deficit twice during the game, Parma left it until the 93rd minute to claim a share of the spoils.

The dropped points allowed Napoli to cut the lead at the top of the table to nine points as they thrashed Sampdoria 3-0. Two goals inside a minute in the first half put them on their way, before Napoli wrapped up the points late in the game.

Juventus drops points in entertaining draw

Former Arsenal and Roma forward Gervinho scored twice in the final 16 minutes as Parma fought back from two goals down – twice – to salvage a 3-3 draw at the home of champion Juventus. Cristiano Ronaldo had given Juventus the lead in the first half before a flurry of three goals in six second-half minutes saw Parma equalize, only for the home side to race into a 3-1 lead, seemingly putting the game to bed with just over 20 minutes remaining.

But the visitors fought back, Gervinho pulling a goal back on 74 minutes to put Parma right back in contention. And the Ivorian brought his team all the way back three minutes into injury time, completing an unlikely comeback as Juventus dropped points for just the third time this season.

Juventus will be left kicking themselves after they dominated close to the entire game. In the first half alone they had 17 shots on goal, but a lack of concentration in the closing stages of the contest ultimately cost them the victory.

Their lead over Napoli in second place is still large at nine points, although it is down from the 11 we saw last week. Furthermore, Juventus managed to hang on to their unbeaten record and they have won 19 of their 22 matches to date.

These dropped points have seen their odds lengthen slightly on retaining their title, however. Having previously been at just -5000, the champions are now at -3300 to retain their crown, meaning they are still the clear favorites to do so, and next week they face a potentially tricky trip to take on Sassuolo.

Napoli thrashes Sampdoria to cut lead

Napoli bounced back from that disappointing goalless draw away to AC Milan last time out with a 3-0 rout of Sampdoria at the San Paolo. Arek Milik scored the opener on 25 minutes before Lorenzo Insigne doubled the lead for the home side less than a minute later, effectively killing the game off as a contest.

Napoli comfortably dominated the remainder of the game, keeping their opponents at arm’s length while probing for a third goal to put the icing on the cake. It finally came just a minute from time after a VAR-awarded penalty, which was subsequently converted by Simone Verdi.

The victory, coupled with Juventus only picking up a draw, has allowed Napoli to cut the lead at the top of the table to nine points. However, it goes without saying that Carlo Ancelotti’s side still have the proverbial mountain to climb if they are to actually catch the Old Lady over the remainder of the season – at some point, Juventus will actually have to lose a game, but it just does not look like it’s happening right now, certainly not on the domestic front.

Napoli’s overall numbers for the Serie A campaign make for good reading. They have won 16 of their 22 league outings and are leaking goals at a rate of less than a goal a game – it is their rotten luck to be up against one of the strongest Juventus outfits in recent memory.

Nevertheless, this win and the cut lead at the top has shortened Napoli’s odds on a first Serie A title win since 1990. Having previously been out at +2000, Napoli is now priced at just +1400 to finish top of the pile come the end of the season – they face another must-win game away to Fiorentina next week.

ODDS TO WIN 2018-19 SERIE A

Odds as of February 5 at Bovada

  • Juventus -3300
  • Napoli +1400
  • Inter Milan +100000
  • AS Roma +150000
  • AC Milan +200000
  • Lazio +250000
  • Atalanta +300000
  • Fiorentina +450000
  • Sassuolo +450000
  • Torino +450000
  • Genoa +450000
  • Sampdoria +450000
  • Parma +450000
  • Chievo +450000
  • Frosinone +450000
  • Spal +450000
  • Udinese +450000
  • Cagliari +450000
  • Empoli +450000
  • Bologna +450000

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Another week, another win. Juventus, the defending Serie A champion and current table topper, won yet again this past weekend, leaving it late to snatch a 2-1 win over Lazio in Rome at the Olympic Stadium. The victory has left them with a huge 11-point lead over Napoli in second place.

The gap has widened this week as Napoli, the closest challengers to the Old Lady’s domestic dominance, could only muster a goalless draw against AC Milan at the San Siro. The result now puts into doubt whether the second half of the season will be a two-horse race, or whether Juventus will now simply canter off into the distance.

Juventus wins away and extends lead

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a late penalty to give Juventus all three points in a narrow 2-1 victory away to Lazio. The win gives the table toppers an 11-point cushion over Napoli and, with the season over halfway through, it would seem highly unlikely that Carlo Ancelotti’s side will be able to make up the deficit in the time available – Juventus simply looks too strong for domestic competition right now.

And their excellent form is down in no small part to the acquisition of Ronaldo from Real Madrid during the summer transfer window. The Portuguese star has 15 goals and five assists in 21 appearances for his new club, and helped rescue three points for them against Lazio when it looked as if they might have to settle for a point.

Juventus could well have been headed for its first defeat of the season – and indeed its first since April – when Emre Can put through his own net after 59 minutes. But substitute Joao Cancelo leveled from close range before Ronaldo wrapped up the points from the spot with just two minutes remaining on the clock.

Their numbers for this season are simply astounding. Juventus has won 19 of 21 league games, drawing the other two, making them the only undefeated side in the division. In addition, they are scoring at over two goals per game and boast the best defensive record in Serie A.

This latest victory has cut their odds on retaining their league title even further. Juventus is now at just -5000 to finish top of the pile once again in May, and next time out hosts Parma in a match it will be fully expecting to win.

Napoli drops crucial points in title chase

Meanwhile, Napoli’s dreams of winning its first Serie A title since 1990 were dealt a huge blow this past weekend as they could only manage a goalless draw with AC Milan at the San Siro. The stalemate has left Napoli 11 points behind Juventus and with the proverbial mountain to climb with over half the season already gone.

Napoli largely dominated proceedings but simply could not find a way past a stubborn Milan defensive backline. It has been a common theme for Napoli throughout the domestic campaign, with a lack of consistent firepower in the final third costing them dearly.

Napoli has won 15 of 21 league games so far – only Juventus has won more – but such is the might of the Old Lady that Napoli has very little hope of catching them. Ancelotti’s men have lost just three league outings, but with their rivals winning almost every week, any slip-up, however slight, is punished severely.

The Napoli defence has been excellent and is conceding at a rate of less than a goal a game but, as noted above, their attack has let them down on occasion. Atalanta, down in seventh, is outscoring Napoli and when the next transfer window comes along, a top-class striker should be high up the list of priorities.

This draw has lengthened Napoli’s odds on that first domestic crown in almost three decades. Having previously been at +1200, the side from the south is now out at +2000 to land the domestic crown, and next week they host Sampdoria in a match they simply must win as they strive to cut the lead at the top of the table.

ODDS TO WIN 2018-19 SERIE A

Odds as of January 29 at Bovada

  • Juventus -5000
  • Napoli +2000
  • Inter Milan +25000
  • AC Milan +150000
  • AS Roma +150000
  • Lazio +250000
  • Atalanta +300000
  • Fiorentina +450000
  • Sassuolo +450000
  • Torino +450000
  • Genoa +450000
  • Sampdoria +450000
  • Parma +450000
  • Chievo +450000
  • Frosinone +450000
  • Spal +450000
  • Udinese +450000
  • Cagliari +450000
  • Empoli +450000
  • Bologna +450000

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It was the same old story as far as Juventus is concerned when Italy’s Serie A campaign got back underway this past weekend following the winter break. A comprehensive 3-0 win over bottom club Chievo maintained their nine-point advantage over Napoli in second.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side also got business back up and running with a win, however. Napoli recorded a 2-1 win over Lazio at the San Paolo and, with Inter dropping points yet again (a 0-0 home draw against Sassuolo), this second half of the season is shaping up to be a two-horse race.

Juventus wins again to stay top of table and oddsboard

Douglas Costa and Emre Can got their first goals of the season as defending league champion and current table topper Juventus breezed to a 3-0 win over Chievo. Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty as he failed to find the back of the net in 90 minutes, but such was Juventus’ strength over their limited opponents that the miss barely registered. Right now, certainly on the domestic front, there looks to be precious little that can stop Juventus on its way to glory.

The numbers for Juventus’ season so far make for some astounding reading. They have won 18 of their 20 league games to date, drawing the other two, making them the only undefeated side remaining in the division. They are scoring at a rate of over two goals per game and they have the best defensive record in the league.

In 2011-12, Juventus managed to go the entire Serie A season unbeaten. There is of course still a long way to go, but their performances have suggested that may well be a possibility this season as well.

Yet another win means that the odds on Juventus retaining their league title have been cut even further, as the Old Lady go in search of a record-breaking eighth successive Serie A crown. Having previously been at -1600, the champions are now at just -2500 to finish top of the pile once again come May.

Next up for Juventus is a potentially tricky trip to the capital to take on Lazio. Carlo Ancelotti and his Napoli squad will be hoping that the Roman outfit will be able to do them a huge favor and take some points off the champions as they look to claw back that nine-point deficit.

Napoli wins to keep title race alive

Napoli managed to stay within touching distance of Juventus by recording a narrow 2-1 win over Lazio. José Callejon and Arkadiusz Milik gave Napoli a comfortable 2-0 lead before the interval and it was beginning to look like this would be a fairly comfortable 90 minutes for the home side.

Ciro Immobile pulled one back for the visitors on 65 minutes to give Lazio fans hope, and they kept pressing despite being reduced to 10 men, but to no avail. Napoli got the points they needed but if Juventus keeps on winning, then it will make little difference.

Napoli is enjoying an excellent season but they just cannot hope to match Juventus at the moment. Ancelotti’s men have won 14 of their league games, have lost just three times, are leaking less than a goal a game and are averaging 2.35 points per game, but it is still not enough as they trail the champions by nine points – that’s three league wins.

All Napoli can do at this point is keep picking up points and hope Juventus slips up. They will have a chance to beat the champions themselves when they host the Old Lady later on in the season.

Despite the win, Napoli’s price has not changed on an unlikely late title conquest. Ancelotti’s side remains at +1200 to wrest the crown away from Juventus, but they will need more than a little outside help to be able to do so.

Next up for Napoli is a huge test at the San Siro against AC Milan. Any more hiccups simply cannot be allowed if they are to turn this into a meaningful title chase over the next few months.

ODDS TO WIN 2018-19 SERIE A

Odds as of January 22 at Bovada

  • Juventus -2500
  • Napoli +1200
  • Inter Milan +15000
  • Lazio +20000
  • AS Roma +20000
  • AC Milan +25000
  • Atalanta +50000
  • Fiorentina +250000
  • Sassuolo +250000
  • Torino +250000
  • Genoa +450000
  • Sampdoria +450000
  • Parma +450000
  • Chievo +450000
  • Frosinone +450000
  • Spal +450000
  • Udinese +450000
  • Cagliari +450000
  • Empoli +450000
  • Bologna +450000

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Two rounds in a matter of days were played in Italy’s Serie A prior to the winter break, and it was very much same old story for Juventus as they took four points to protect their unbeaten record. The Old Lady sit nine points clear at the top of the table at the halfway stage, and may well go the length of the domestic campaign without suffering defeat.

There was a setback for Napoli, meanwhile, as they went down 1-0 to Inter Milan at the San Siro. Inter put two wins together over the Christmas period, although they remain a long way back in third place.

Juventus takes four points to stay on top

There really does look to be no stopping Juventus. On December 26 they were however held to a 2-2 draw with Atalanta, Cristiano Ronaldo popping up 12 minutes from the end to snatch a point after the champions had been reduced to 10 men early in the second half.

But they got back to winning ways with a 2-1 win against Sampdoria this past weekend. Ronaldo bagged a brace to seal the points for the Old Lady, and he is the overwhelming favorite, priced at just -500, to finish the Serie A campaign as the top goalscorer.

And there is just no arguing with the form Juventus has shown over the first half of the campaign. The team has won 17 of 19 league games, drawing the other two, is scoring at two goals per game and has the best defensive record in the division.

It is of little surprise then to see that their odds on another Serie A crown have shortened even further. Having previously been at -1200, Juventus is now at just -1600 to retain its league crown as the Italian league heads into its winter hiatus.

Napoli drops key points in title chase

Napoli lost points as they fell to a 1-0 defeat away to Inter Milan in an ugly game marred by racist chanting at Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly. Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti said he asked for the match to be suspended three times to no avail as Lautaro Martinez scored a 91st-minute winner for the home side to leave Napoli even further behind Juventus in the title race.

The side did however get back to winning ways against lowly Bologna, with a narrow and entertaining 3-2 win this past weekend. It took an 88th-minute strike from Dries Mertens to seal the points as Napoli finished the first half of the campaign in second place, albeit nine points off the top.

Napoli has won 14 games so far this season but will need to be more ruthless in front of goal if they are to have any chance of catching Juventus after the winter break. Taking just three points from their last two outings has seen Napoli’s price on a title win lengthen, from +800 out to +1200, and they are left needing something of a minor miracle over the second half of the season.

Is Inter still in with an outside chance?

Just when you think you can count Inter out, they put together a sequence of results to leave themselves in with a sliver of hope. Inter won both of its games over the Christmas period and has now won three of the last four games in Serie A, drawing the other, taking 10 points in the process. Greater consistency over the second half of the season could well see them edge close to Juventus and Napoli.

Following that late goal to win the game against Napoli, Inter also left it relatively late to snatch all three points away to struggling Empoli. Keita Baldé scored the only goal of the game 18 minutes from time for Inter’s third 1-0 win, and third clean sheet, in those four most recent outings.

Two wins in a row have shortened Inter’s odds on an unlikely title triumph. Having been out at +8000, the Nerazurri are now down at +6600 to get their hands on the crown as we head into the break.

ODDS TO WIN 2018-19 SERIE A

Odds as of December 31 at Bovada

  • Juventus -1600
  • Napoli +1200
  • Inter Milan +6600
  • AC Milan +25000
  • Lazio +25000
  • AS Roma +25000
  • Atalanta +50000
  • Fiorentina +250000
  • Sassuolo +250000
  • Torino +250000
  • Genoa +450000
  • Sampdoria +450000
  • Parma +450000
  • Chievo +450000
  • Frosinone +450000
  • Spal +450000
  • Udinese +450000
  • Cagliari +450000
  • Empoli +450000
  • Cagliari +450000

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There were wins for Italy’s top two this past weekend in Serie A, as both Juventus and Napoli claimed 1-0 victories in this season’s title hunt. The champions edged past AS Roma thanks to a strike from Mario Mandzukic, meaning that the Old Lady have still dropped just two points all season.

And Napoli did its best to keep up with the league leaders thanks to a 1-0 win of their own over Spal. Those results keep the lead for Juventus at the top at eight points, while Inter’s 1-1 draw away to bottom club Chievo looks to have left them dead and buried in terms of the title race – they are now 16 points off the top.

Juventus wins again

Juventus maintained its unbeaten start to the season, beating AS Roma 1-0 thanks to a first-half strike from Mario Mandzukic. It was a deserved victory for the champions and in truth the winning margin could have been even greater had it not been for some profligate finishing in front of goal, such was Juventus’ dominance on the day.

In addition to the goal, Brazilian playmaker Douglas Costa had a goal ruled out for offside, while Roma had goalkeeper Robin Olsen to thank for thwarting Cristiano Ronaldo on no fewer than three occasions. Ronaldo may not have managed to get on the scoresheet this time around, but he remains the overwhelming favorite to finish the season as the top scorer in Serie A, and is priced at just -225 to do so.

Juventus skipper Giorgio Chiellini also had a goal disallowed and Juventus proved, once again, that it has no real equal in domestic competition. The numbers across 18 games do not lie.

The champions have won 16 and drawn the other of their 17 league encounters, leaving them as the only undefeated side in the division. They are scoring at a rate of two goals per game and have the best defensive record in the league.

However, another win has not changed their odds on retaining their crown. The Old Lady remain at -1200 to win the title once again and look to continue their hugely impressive winning streak – make no mistake, stopping them will take some doing.

Napoli keeps up pressure with narrow win

Meanwhile, Napoli did what it could to keep up the pressure on the champions with a 1-0 win over Spal. Raul Albiol netted the only goal of the game on the stroke of halftime, but despite the victory the gap to Juventus remains at eight points and does not look likely to get any shorter over the next two rounds.

Carlo Ancelotti has shown his adaptability as a coach, tweaking his playing styles to match the way Napoli is accustomed to playing. His major problem is coming up against a machine that can boast the firepower of Juventus.

Napoli have won 13 of its 17 league games and lost just twice so far this season. They can match Juventus in the goal-scoring department and are currently conceding less than a goal a game – they have kept three clean sheets in a row in Serie A, but it just does not seem to be enough.

Indeed, they have now won their last four league games in a row, but as long as Juventus continues to pick up victories, it matters little. All Napoli can do now is keep winning and pray for a Juventus slip-up.

Despite winning this week, the odds on Napoli actually overtaking Juventus at the top of the table have lengthened. Having previously been at +700, Ancelotti’s side is now at +800 to win the league title, and unless something gives over the second half of the season that just does not look likely.

Next up on the odds table is Inter Milan. The Nerazzurri boast a lot of firepower but have dropped points far too often this term, and now find themselves all the way out at +8000 to win the league title this season.

ODDS TO WIN 2018-19 SERIE A

Odds as of December 24 at Bovada

  • Juventus -1200
  • Napoli +800
  • Inter Milan +8000
  • AC Milan +15000
  • Lazio +25000
  • Roma +25000
  • Atalanta +50000
  • Fiorentina +250000
  • Sassuolo +250000
  • Torino +250000
  • Genoa +450000
  • Sampdoria +450000
  • Parma +450000
  • Chievo +450000
  • Frosinone +450000
  • Spal +450000
  • Udinese +450000
  • Cagliari +450000
  • Empoli +450000
  • Bologna +450000

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All three of Italy’s top sides managed to win in Serie A this past weekend, but Juventus’ comfortable eight-point lead at the top of the table remains very much intact. The champions needed a late penalty but they edged their local derby with Torino 1-0 thanks to a certain Cristiano Ronaldo.

Napoli kept up as much pressure as they can with their third straight league victory, Ancelotti’s side also taking the points by a 1-0 scoreline, away to Cagliari. And Inter got back to winning ways – also with a 1-0 win – at home to struggling Udinese.

Juventus wins yet again

A penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo was enough to take the points as Juventus edged past Torino 1-0. It was the 11th goal of the season for the Portuguese veteran and it is fair to say that he has hit the ground running in Italy.

However, Juventus was far from dominant throughout the 90 minutes. Torino had chances themselves and could have taken a share of the spoils had it not been for profligate finishing in front of the goal.

Yet Juventus prevailed once again and they remain eight points clear of Napoli in second place. The Old Lady have dropped just two points all season and are scoring at a rate of over two goals per game while conceding just eight so far this term.

Yet despite this victory, their odds on retaining their domestic crown have actually lengthened a little, owing to the wins from rivals Napoli and Inter Milan. Having previously been at -1400, Juventus is now at -1200 to once again be crowned league champions.

Next up for them in the league is a home game against AS Roma. Their rivals will be praying for an unlikely slip-up.

Napoli snatches points with late win

A  91st-minute strike from Arkadiusz Milik gave Napoli all three points in a 1-0 win away to Cagliari. The win was Napoli’s third in a row in Serie A and, for the time being at least, keeps them within touching distance of champions and table toppers Juventus.

Coach Carlo Ancelotti gave some of his stellar names a rest and it very nearly backfired, with Napoli dominating the game but failing to find that crucial breakthrough. However, the visitors stepped up the tempo in the second half and were rewarded right at the death.

The result means that Napoli has won an incredible 12 of its opening 16 league games, a hugely impressive feat in itself, but it is still not good enough to keep up with Juventus. They have scored as many goals as the champions and are conceding at less than a goal a game, but the strength of the champions would appear to be just too much.

This win has changed nothing regarding Napoli’s odds on claiming the Serie A crown. They remain out at +700 to somehow pip the champions to the post.

Inter back to winning ways

And finally, Inter Milan got back to winning ways with a narrow 1-0 win over struggling Udinese at the San Siro. A penalty from Mauro Icardi in the 76th minute was enough to separate the two sides, and left Inter comfortably in third place.

The Nerazzurri remain five points clear of city rivals AC Milan in fourth, but are six points behind Napoli in second and a huge 14 points back of Juventus at the top of the pile. At this stage of the season, all Inter can do is keep winning and keep praying.

The victory meant that they reached double figures for wins in the league, joining Juventus and Napoli as the only sides to achieve the feat. Their defence is tight, and they have leaked less goals than Napoli, but they are simply not scoring enough at the other end – they are five goals back on the two teams above them.

And this win has not shortened their odds on beating old rivals Juventus to the title. Inter remains out at +5000 to finish top of the pile, and are away to bottom club Chievo next time out.

ODDS TO WIN 2018-19 SERIE A

Odds as of December 19 at Bovada

  • Juventus -1200
  • Napoli +700
  • Inter Milan +5000
  • AC Milan +15000
  • Lazio +25000
  • Roma +25000
  • Atalanta +50000
  • Fiorentina +250000
  • Sassuolo +250000
  • Torino +250000
  • Genoa +450000
  • Sampdoria +450000
  • Parma +450000
  • Chievo +450000
  • Frosinone +450000
  • Spal +450000
  • Udinese +450000
  • Cagliari +450000
  • Empoli +450000
  • Bologna +450000

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Juventus dealt a damaging blow to title rivals Inter Milan this past Friday night as the defending champions and current table toppers won a close game 1-0 in Turin. The loss put Inter a massive 14 points off the pace and, in all honesty, has probably put them out of the title race for this season.

That would leave only Napoli as genuine challengers to Juventus’ domestic crown, but even they sit eight points off the pace. Carlo Ancelotti’s side did however manage a 4-0 thrashing of Frosinone over the weekend as they try to hang on to the coattails of the league leaders.

Juventus puts Inter out of title race

A well-taken header from Mario Mandzukic was enough to separate Juventus and Inter Milan on Friday night as the Old Lady edged the Derby d’Italia. The Croatian striker stole in to convert Joao Cancelo’s cross after the hour mark to give Juventus the points, the bragging rights and a continued eight-point cushion over the chasing pack in Serie A – for Inter, it may well be the end of the road in terms of the title race.

The Nerazzurri are 14 points off the top and have already lost four times this season. They are failing to click properly in the final third and are now out at +5000 to get their hands on the league crown – a long shot, to say the least.

For Juventus, by way of comparison, it very much seems to be business as usual as their incredible run in Serie A shows no sign of faltering. The champions have dropped just two points on the domestic front all season, are scoring at over two goals per game and comfortably have the best defensive record in the division.

All of which has seen the price on Juventus retaining their crown shorten even further after the latest set of results. Having previously been at -1200, the Old Lady are now at just -1400 to keep their hands on the league trophy, something which is looking increasingly certain with each passing week.

Next up for Juventus is a tricky derby away to Torino. Their neighbors may well be the last hope for the likes of Napoli if they are to indeed claw some points back prior to the winter break later this month.

Napoli thrashes Frosinone to stay in contention

Meanwhile, Napoli thrashed Frosinone 4-0 to at least secure their hold on second place as they desperately look up at Juventus. A brace from Arkadiusz Milik inflicted a lot of the damage as Napoli looked comfortable throughout the entire contest.

Carlo Ancelotti rested some key players ahead of his side’s key Champions League trip to Anfield, but it made precious little difference in the end. The result means that Napoli now sits six points ahead of Inter Milan in third, but they will have to rely on more than one slip-up from Juventus if they are to have a way back into the title race.

Napoli’s numbers make for impressive reading – the only problem is that Juventus is so much stronger than the rest. Ancelotti’s men have won 11 of their 15 games and can match the champions in terms of goals scored (32), while also conceding at less than a goal a game.

Napoli looks to be an extremely effective unit, as shown by the fact that they are unbeaten in three games so far against Liverpool and PSG in the Champions League. It still does not look enough, however, to be able to compete over the course of a season with the might of Juventus.

Nevertheless, this latest victory has seen the odds on Napoli winning the league title shortened slightly. Having been out at +800, the side has been cut to +700 to pip its rivals to the post, and there will be a lot of neutrals in their corner as Juventus’ reign of dominance looms in on a decade.

Next up in the league for Napoli is a trip to Cagliari. It goes without saying that, once again, three points is an absolute must.

ODDS TO WIN 2018-19 SERIE A

Odds as of December 10 at Bovada

  • Juventus -1400
  • Napoli +700
  • Inter Milan +5000
  • AC Milan +15000
  • Lazio +20000
  • Roma +25000
  • Atalanta +75000
  • Fiorentina +250000
  • Sassuolo +250000
  • Torino +250000
  • Genoa +450000
  • Sampdoria +450000
  • Parma +450000
  • Chievo +450000
  • Frosinone +450000
  • Spal +450000
  • Udinese +450000
  • Cagliari +450000
  • Empoli +450000
  • Bologna +450000

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It was very much business as usual for Juventus and Napoli as they both took all three points in the race to win the Serie A league title. The Old Lady thrashed Fiorentina 3-0 while Napoli also won on the road 2-1 at Atalanta.

However, there was disappointment for Inter Milan as they could only muster a 2-2 draw away to a struggling AS Roma side. Twice Inter threw away the lead and it could end up being a costly mistake, as it allowed Napoli to pull clear into second place.

Juventus wins yet again

Juventus maintained a healthy lead of eight points over their nearest rivals after a comprehensive 3-0 win away to Fiorentina this past weekend. Cristiano Ronaldo was also on the scoresheet as the defending champions made it 13 wins from 14 this term – the Old Lady have dropped just two points all season.

Right now, there looks to be very little stopping Juventus. The Turin club is undefeated, scoring over two goals per game while conceding less than a goal a game – they are by far the strongest side in Serie A right now.

However, this win has not actually changed the odds on Juventus winning an eighth league title in a row. The league leaders remain at -1200 to get their hands on another domestic trophy come the end of the season and, judging by the first few months of the season, they would appear to be the wise choice.

This Friday night, Juventus hosts Inter Milan in what will be a real test for the champions. Should Inter be able to pull off the victory, then we could see this title race be a little closer than what we have seen so far.

Napoli snatches late winner

Meanwhile, this past Monday night saw Napoli grab a late winner just five minutes from time to take all three points against Atalanta. The visitors took the lead after only two minutes through Fabian Ruiz, before David Ruiz leveled for the hosts before the hour mark.

But Napoli got back in front thanks to Arkadiusz Milik and held on for a vital three points. Napoli is now unbeaten in seven and going strong as it battles to close the gap on Juventus at the top of the table.

Napoli has now won 10 of 14 league games played so far and is looking in excellent shape. Their problem lies in trying to match Juventus and, despite also scoring at a rate of two goals per game, their defence is not quite as airtight.

The win has also done nothing to change the odds on Napoli getting their hands on the Serie A crown. Carlo Ancelotti’s side remains at +800 to do just that, and next time out plays at home to lowly Frosinone knowing that nothing less than a win will do in their race to the top.

Inter drops points at Roma

And finally, Inter missed the chance to stay close to Napoli after twice throwing away the lead to draw 2-2 with AS Roma. Keita Balde had given Inter the lead before Cengiz Under hit back for the hosts.

But Argentine forward Mauro Icardi put Inter back in front after the break, only for Aleksander Kolarov to level once again from the penalty spot. Inter boss Luciano Spalletti was forced to rue a chance wasted, with his side now sitting three points behind Napoli in second, and a massive 11 points behind Juventus.

After a slow start to the season, Inter has now won nine of its 14 league outings but continues to drop points at regular intervals. For a side with such firepower, they simply are not scoring enough goals and it is an area which needs to be rectified as soon as possible.

However, this draw has not altered Inter’s chances of getting their hands on the league crown. The Nerazzurri remain at +2500 to finish top of the pile, and their next match – that derby against champions Juventus – will give a clear indication of just how seriously they can be taken as title contenders.

ODDS TO WIN 2018-19 SERIE A

Odds as of December 4 at Bovada

  • Juventus -1200
  • Napoli +800
  • Inter Milan +2500
  • AC Milan +10000
  • Lazio +20000
  • Roma +25000
  • Atalanta +100000
  • Fiorentina +250000
  • Sassuolo +250000
  • Torino +250000
  • Genoa +450000
  • Sampdoria +450000
  • Parma +450000
  • Chievo +450000
  • Frosinone +450000
  • Spal +450000
  • Udinese +450000
  • Cagliari +450000
  • Empoli +450000
  • Bologna +450000

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Juventus and Inter Milan both took three points in Italy’s Serie A as they chase the title, while Napoli surprisingly dropped points at home as Chievo held them to a goalless draw. Juventus easily saw off Spal 2-0 as they extended their lead at the top of the pile to a daunting eight points.

Inter also kept itself in contention with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Frosinone as they moved to within a point of Napoli. Carlo Ancelotti’s side suffered a setback as they could only muster a 0-0 draw with bottom club Chievo, a side yet to win a league match this season.

Juventus sees off Spal

Cristiano Ronaldo netted his 10th goal for Juventus as the Old Lady saw off Spal 2-0 to retain their unbeaten start to the Serie A campaign. The Portuguese star opened the scoring just before the half-hour mark, before Mario Mandzukic made sure of the points after the break and, in truth, Juventus could have had more goals in what was an impressive display.

Juventus has won the league crown for the last seven years and looks well on track to repeat the feat this time around as well. They have won 12 of their 13 league games, are scoring at a rate of over two goals per game and are conceding less than a goal a game.

They sit eight points clear of Napoli in second place and the Old Lady have seen their odds on retaining the title slashed after this weekend’s matches. Having previously been at -600, Juventus is now as low as -1200 to finish top of the pile.

Their next league encounter is a potentially tricky trip to Fiorentina and their title rivals will be hoping that the Viola can throw a spanner in the works. Juventus, however, looks like it is going from strength to strength.

Napoli stutters in title chase

There was disappointment for Carlo Ancelotti and his Napoli players as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Chievo. Chievo has not won in 13 league games and many people were expecting Napoli to run away with this one – it did not turn out that way and now the club must be left to rue a wasted opportunity.

Napoli enjoyed a plethora of chances to put this game to bed but endured one of those games where the ball simply did not go into the back of the net. The slip-up allowed Juventus to widen the gap at the top of the table.

Napoli has managed to amass 29 points, having won nine of 13 games while scoring at a rate of two goals per game, but it goes without saying that this was exactly the type of match that they needed to put to bed with ease. The dropped points has seen Napoli’s odds on a title win lengthen – up to +800 from +700 prior to the international break – and they will need to take all three points when they travel to Atalanta next time out.

Inter back on track with resounding win

Inter Milan got back to winning ways with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Frosinone. Keita Balde bagged a brace and Argentine forward Lautaro Martinez also got in the act to wrap up the points in emphatic style for Luciano Spalletti’s men.

It was a third clean sheet in a row at home for Inter as they finally look to be playing to their full potential. If they carry on in this vein, they could well cut the lead Juventus has managed to build up at the top of the table.

Inter has 28 points so far and, like Napoli, has won nine of 13 matches to date. But despite that victory this weekend, their price on actually winning the league title has increased, up to +2500 from +2000 before the international break.

Next up for Inter, however, are two huge tests in Serie A which should go a long way to telling us just how ready they are for a sustained title challenge. Next they head to AS Roma before traveling to Turin for a date with the champions.

ODDS TO WIN 2018-19 SERIE A

Odds as of November 26 at Bovada

  • Juventus -1200
  • Napoli +800
  • Inter Milan +2500
  • Lazio +10000
  • AC Milan +15000
  • Atalanta +25000
  • AS Roma +40000
  • Fiorentina +75000
  • Sassuolo +100000
  • Torino +150000
  • Sampdoria +300000
  • Genoa +400000
  • Spal +450000
  • Udinese +450000
  • Cagliari +450000
  • Empoli +450000
  • Bologna +450000
  • Parma +450000
  • Chievo +450000
  • Frosinone +450000

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There were wins for both Juventus and Napoli this past weekend in Italy’s Serie A as Inter’s winning streak came to an abrupt end away to Atalanta. Champions Juventus recorded an impressive 2-0 win away to AC Milan to maintain their six-point lead at the top of the table, while Napoli came from behind to beat Genoa and remain in contention for the domestic crown.

There was disappointment for Inter Milan, however, as their winning streak in Serie A was stopped by Atalanta, who recorded a deserved 4-1 win over the Nerazzurri. The result left Inter nine points off Juventus at the top of the table.

Juventus sees off Milan in fiery encounter

AC Milan forward Gonzalo Higuain saw red against his former club as the Rossoneri succumbed to a 2-0 defeat to Juventus at the San Siro. The Argentine forward also missed a penalty on a miserable night, as goals from Mario Mandzukic and Cristiano Ronaldo made sure of the points for the Old Lady.

Had Higuain scored from the spot on 41 minutes, it would have put Milan back level – Juventus had taken the lead after only eight minutes – but from that decisive moment a win for the visitors was always in the cards. Milan, down in fifth, would appear to be out of the title race now.

Juventus, in stark contrast, continues to go from strength to strength. They have dropped just two points in Serie A all season, are scoring at over two goals per game and leaking just 0.66 goals per game.

Another win has seen their odds shortened yet again on a title win, with the champions now at just -600 (down from -500) to retain their crown. Next up for them is a home match with Spal.

Napoli comes from behind to take points

Napoli moved up to second in the table after coming from behind to win 2-1 away to Genoa. Christian Kouame had put the hosts ahead in the first half before the visitors responded after the interval.

Fabian Ruiz leveled for Napoli before a cruel own goal just four minutes from time secured all three points for Carlo Ancelotti’s side. The win keeps Napoli in contention for the league title even if they are playing continuous catchup to an almighty Juventus outfit.

Napoli is second but already a huge six points behind Juventus despite some impressive numbers. Napoli has won nine of its league encounters so far this season and is scoring at over two goals per game. Trying to catch the Old Lady could well be a thankless task, however.

Despite a win this past weekend, nothing has changed in Napoli’s odds to get their hands on the league title. The San Paolo side remains at +700 to finish the season top of the pile, and next time out is at home to bottom side Chievo, where another three points is an absolute imperative.

Inter stunned by Atalanta rout

And finally, Inter’s winning run was brought screaming to a halt as Atalanta thrashed them 4-1 on Sunday. Inter had held Barcelona to a 1-1 draw in the UEFA Champions League last week but looked desperately off the pace here as Atalanta ran them ragged in the second half.

Inter had won seven league fixtures in a row prior to this game, firing themselves back into title contention following a slow start to the season. But this game served as a stark warning that a lack of consistency could be their biggest undoing over the coming months.

This setback means that Inter has lost three games already this term and is nine points back on Juventus. Old problems arise – the team still remains far too reliant on Mauro Icardi to dig them out of trouble and when the Argentine is not firing, the team looks toothless in the final third.

This defeat has seen Inter’s price on a league title triumph double, from +1000 up to +2000. Next up for them is a home match against struggling Frosinone where any notion of inconsistency needs to be put to bed.

ODDS TO WIN 2018-19 SERIE A

Odds as of November 12 at Bovada

  • Juventus -600
  • Napoli +700
  • Inter Milan +2000
  • AC Milan +5000
  • Lazio +12500
  • AS Roma +12500
  • Fiorentina +25000
  • Atalanta +25000
  • Torino +100000
  • Sassuolo +100000
  • Sampdoria +150000
  • Genoa +200000
  • Spal +400000
  • Udinese +450000
  • Cagliari +450000
  • Empoli +450000
  • Bologna +450000
  • Parma +450000
  • Chievo +450000
  • Frosinone +450000

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There were wins for all three title contenders in Italy’s Serie A this past weekend as the race for the title continues. Champion and league leader Juventus recorded a comfortable 3-1 win over Cagliari, helping them remain six points clear at the top of the table.

However, their title rivals are most certainly not giving up without a fight. Napoli thrashed Empoli 5-1 while Inter recorded its seventh straight league win, also scoring five times in a 5-0 mauling of Genoa, leaving both sides tied on 21 points from 11 outings.

Juventus records comfortable win

Defending champion Juventus maintained its six-point lead at the top of the table with a 3-1 win over Cagliari. The Old Lady raced into the lead after only 43 seconds when Argentine forward Paulo Dybala struck.

Cagliari leveled through Joao Pedro, but the champions were back in front within two minutes. And Juventus made sure of the points three minutes from time when Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado struck, leaving the champions with 10 wins from 11 games – they are the only side still unbeaten in the league.

The side is scoring at a rate of 2.2 goals per game and conceding less than a goal a game, as they show all the form needed to retain their domestic crown. This win, however, has not changed their odds on winning the league, with the Old Lady still at -500 to finish the campaign in first place.

Next up in the league for Juventus ia a huge game away to Milan, and a win there would give a serious indicator of their abilities. If anyone is to catch them, Milan surely needs a positive result in this clash.

Napoli thrashes Empoli to stay in title hunt

Dries Mertens helped himself to a hat trick as Napoli thrashed Empoli 5-1 to stay in the hunt for the league title. Lorenzo Insigne opened the scoring for Carlo Ancelotti’s side after only nine minutes and from then on there was simply no looking back.

The result allowed Napoli to show it is more than capable of brushing aside lower teams in the league. However, as we have already seen, they need to be able to take maximum points off rivals – they have already been held to a draw by AS Roma and lost 3-1 to Juventus.

This win also saw Napoli’s price on winning the title drop slightly, from +800 to +700. The side is scoring freely at comfortably over two goals per game, but their leaky defence remains a cause for concern with the team conceding more than a goal a game.

Next up for Napoli in the league is an away match with Genoa, and three points once again will be an imperative. Consistency will be key if they are to go on and catch Juventus, and minor slip-ups must be erased over the winter months.

Inter goes marching on

And finally, Inter won again, thrashing Genoa 5-0 to stay level on points with Napoli. The win was the side’s seventh in a row, and after a slow start to the season they now sit second on goal difference, with their rock-solid defence helping to keep opponents at bay – they have conceded just six goals in 11 matches.

Inter was rarely troubled by an out-of-sorts Genoa side, and after investing heavily over the summer transfer window, there are signs that Luciano Spalletti is settling on his favored XI and tactical setup. If they carry on like this, Juventus will have just cause for concern.

Another victory has seen Inter’s price on a title slashed. Having previously been as high as +1600, Inter has now dropped to +1000 to finish the season top of the pile ahead of their old rivals Juventus.

Next up for Inter is a trip to Atalanta, and the way they are playing, the fans can expect another win. Having been out of the mix over the last few seasons, Inter looks very much to be back in the hunt for silverware.

ODDS TO WIN 2018-19 SERIE A

Odds as of November 5 at Bovada

  • Juventus -500
  • Napoli +700
  • Inter Milan +1000
  • AC Milan +5000
  • Lazio +15000
  • AS Roma +15000
  • Fiorentina +25000
  • Atalanta +50000
  • Torino +100000
  • Sampdoria +100000
  • Sassuolo +100000
  • Genoa +200000
  • Udinese +400000
  • Spal +400000
  • Cagliari +450000
  • Empoli +450000
  • Bologna +450000
  • Parma +450000
  • Chievo +450000
  • Frosinone +450000

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A brace from Cristiano Ronaldo, including a stunning long-range effort, was enough to give Juventus a 2-1 win away to Empoli and extend its lead at the top of the Serie A standings to six points. The Old Lady have won nine of their 10 games and have yet to be defeated so far this season, leaving them clearly in pole position in the hunt for the league title.

Elsewhere, Napoli dropped points when it was held to a 1-1 draw with AS Roma, while Milan climbed up to fifth with a 3-2 win over Sampdoria. Lazio and Inter Milan meet on Monday night.

Juventus back to winning ways

A thunderbolt of a strike from Cristiano Ronaldo helped Juventus to a 2-1 win over Empoli as the champions got back to winning ways. The team looked far from convincing throughout the match but a moment of individual brilliance from the Portuguese veteran was enough to swing the match in Juventus’ favor and seal all three points.

Empoli had taken the lead in the first half and it looked as if Juventus could be headed for more dropped points. Ronaldo, however, underlined just how important he is to their cause – and just how much Real Madrid is missing him right now.

Juventus is undefeated in the league, scoring at a rate of over two goals per game, and sits six points clear of Napoli in second place. In addition, its price on retaining the Serie A crown has dropped, down to -500 from -400 last week.

And after his brace this past weekend, Ronaldo remains the clear favorite to finish the Serie A season as the top goalscorer, with the 33-year-old priced at just -200 to do so. Next up in the league for Juventus is a home game against Cagliari and another three points could see its price drop even further.

Napoli drops points in title chase

A last-minute goal from Dries Mertens saved Napoli’s blushes against AS Roma as Carlo Ancelotti’s side was held to a disappointing 1-1 draw. Despite its domination of the match, it was Roma that took the lead in just the 14th minute through Stephan El Shaarawy and almost held on to claim what would have been an unlikely three points.

Napoli pressed and pressed, particularly in the second half, and it looked as if it simply was not going to be their day. However, Mertens struck in the dying seconds to give the home side a deserved share of the spoils.

The draw has seen Napoli’s price  to win the league shoot upwards, however. Ancelotti and his players are now at +800 to win the league crown – all the way up from +550 – and simply cannot afford many slip-ups, particularly at home, if they are to have any genuine hope of catching Juventus.

Napoli remains at -1000 to finish in the top four but that is the very least of their aims for this term. Next up in the league for them is a home game against Napoli, and three points is an absolute must as we head into the winter months of the campaign.

Milan climbing the table

And finally, AC Milan moved up to fifth with a thrilling 3-2 win over Sampdoria. Given the fact that the club has a game in hand against Genoa, the club could move up another place with a victory on Wednesday night as it looks to close in on the top four.

Milan would only look to have an outside shot of winning the Serie A title, as it is priced at +5000 to do so – the same as Lazio, with Inter Milan at +1600 to finish in first place. They are, however, at just +125 to finish in the top four, an outcome which would be seen as definite progress after years of frustrating stagnation.

Much will depend on the goal-scoring exploits of Gonzalo Higuain. The Argentine was on the scoresheet against Sampdoria and is at +1200 to finish the Serie A season with the Golden Boot award.

ODDS TO WIN 2018-19 SERIE A

Odds as of October 29 at Bovada

  • Juventus -500
  • Napoli +800
  • Inter Milan +1600
  • Lazio +5000
  • AC Milan +6600
  • AS Roma +8000
  • Fiorentina +20000
  • Atalanta +30000
  • Sampdoria +100000
  • Sassuolo +100000
  • Torino +100000
  • Genoa +200000
  • Udinese +400000
  • SPAL +400000
  • Empoli +450000
  • Cagliari +450000
  • Bologna +450000
  • Parma +450000
  • Chievo +450000
  • Frosinone +450000

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored again but, for once, the result was different. Despite dominating proceedings, Juventus dropped its first points of this Serie A campaign as Genoa held them to a 1-1 draw in Turin.

The result can only have encouraged their title rivals Napoli and Inter with both sides picking up three points this past weekend. Napoli put in a dominant display away to Udinese, while Inter snatched the Milan derby right at the death thanks to Mauro Icardi.

Genoa draw ends Juventus perfection

It may have been a disappointing weekend for current champions Juventus, but for star man Cristiano Ronaldo it was very special. While the side was held to a 1-1 draw, Ronaldo’s opening goal on 18 minutes meant that he is now the first player in history to score 400 goals in the top five European leagues.

But ultimately Juventus’ profligacy in front of goal was punished, with Daniel Bessa equalizing for the visitors on 67 minutes. Nevertheless, the Old Lady are the only unbeaten side left in Serie A, they are scoring at a rate of over two goals per game, leaking goals at a rate of just 0.66 goals per game and boast a four-point lead over Napoli in second place.

However, the dropped points this weekend has seen Juventus’ odds on retaining its league crown lengthen slightly. Having previously been at -600 to win the title, the Turin club is now at -400, still leaving them as the clear favorite to finish top of the pile.

And despite not scoring for his first three games in a Juventus shirt, Ronaldo is the red-hot favorite to finish this Serie A campaign as the league’s top scorer. The Portuguese player is at just -110 to win the Golden Boot award.

Napoli keeps up the pressure with convincing win

Title chasers Napoli, meanwhile, kept up the pressure with a convincing 3-0 win away to struggling Udinese. Fabian Ruiz opened the scoring after only 14 minutes, while Dries Mertens and Marko Rog put the icing on the cake in the last 10 minutes.

The result means that Carlo Ancelotti’s side is now just four points behind table toppers Juventus after seven wins in its opening nine league games. The side is scoring at a rate of two goals per game but the Italian veteran will need to work on the defensive backline that is leaking goals at a rate of over a goal a game.

A second successive league win has seen the odds on a Napoli title triumph shorten slightly. Having previously been at +600, Ancelotti’s side is now at +550 to win a first league crown in close to three decades.

Meanwhile, they are the clear favorites to finish as “best of the rest” in a league table excluding Juventus, and are at -110 to finish in the highest position. Next up for Napoli is a home game with Roma where they will be confident of making it three league wins in a row.

Inter edges past Milan in tense derby

And finally, Inter Milan edged past city rivals AC Milan 1-0 thanks to a 92nd-minute winner from Argentine striker Mauro Icardi. A mistake from Milan’s young goalkeeper Gigio Donnarumma allowed the goal, but Inter had been the better side as their excellent recent run of form continues.

Luciano Spalletti’s side has now won seven matches in a row across all competitions and, after investing heavily in their squad over the summer, look to finally be clicking on the pitch after a slow start. Inter sits third in the table, six points behind Juventus and with six wins from nine league outings so far.

And after another win, Inter’s price on being crowned league champion has been slashed to +1400, from up at +2500 when they looked out of contention. With confidence growing in the camp, that price is likely to be shortened even further over the recent weeks.

Meanwhile, Icardi may well be one to keep an eye on for top goalscorer. The Argentine is at +900 to win the Golden Boot award, with Lazio’s Ciro Immobile at +600.

ODDS TO WIN 2018-19 SERIE A

Odds as of October 22 at Bovada

  • Juventus -400
  • Napoli +550
  • Inter Milan +1400
  • Lazio +5000
  • AS Roma +6600
  • AC Milan +10000
  • Fiorentina +20000
  • Sampdoria +25000
  • Sassuolo +50000
  • Atalanta +50000
  • Torino +50000
  • Genoa +100000
  • Udinese +100000
  • Empoli +150000
  • Cagliari +250000
  • SPAL +250000
  • Bologna +250000
  • Parma +250000
  • Chievo +450000
  • Frosinone +450000

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Cristiano Ronaldo was on the scoresheet once again for Juventus as the defending Serie A champions eased to a 2-0 win over Udinese. The result meant that the Turin club’s 100 per cent start to the season remained intact, with a six-point cushion in place over Napoli.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side also won by a 2-0 scoreline as they saw off Sassuolo. And Inter continued its excellent run of recent form as they made it six wins in a row across all competitions, while Roma, down in sixth, continued its own mini revival, making it four victories on the bounce.

Juventus continues perfect start

Cristiano Ronaldo helped Juventus maintain its 100 percent start to the new league season with the second goal in a 2-0 victory over Udinese. Rodrigo Bentancur opened the scoring for the Old Lady as they rarely looked troubled by a lackluster Udinese outfit.

Juventus controlled proceedings from the very first whistle and it was of little surprise when Bentancur broke the deadlock on 33 minutes. Ronaldo added a second just four minutes later and from there on in it was pretty much clear sailing for the champions.

Another victory, however, has done nothing for Juventus’ odds, with the side staying at -600 to keep their hands on the Serie A league crown. Next up for them is a home game against Genoa and they will once again expect to take the maximum points from the outing.

Napoli, meanwhile, kept the pressure up with a win of its own, beating Sassuolo 2-0 at the San Paolo. The result followed its late win over Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League and it was indeed heartening to see how well the players have reacted to that loss to Juventus in their last league encounter.

The home side opened the scoring after only three minutes when Adam Ounas put them ahead, before Lorenzo Insigne wrapped up the points after the interval with a fine effort. Again, however, the three points has not changed the price on Napoli winning the league crown, with Ancelotti’s side staying put at +600 to wrest the title away from Juventus.

Inter, Roma continue revivals

Mauro Icardi scored twice as Inter Milan continued its fantastic form with a 2-1 win away to Spal. Inter has now won six matches in a row across all competitions and sits third in the league table with 16 points, eight behind table toppers Juventus.

Inter dominated the first half and there were real signs that the team is beginning to click. Having invested heavily over the summer and with Luciano Spalletti having signed a new contract, we are now seeing strong indications that this side could well be equipped to challenge both Juventus and Napoli for the title.

Inter dropped off in the second half but ultimately did enough to secure the points. And that is one of the signs of a truly great team – to keep on winning even when not playing at your best.

Again, their price to win the title has not budged and they remain at +2500 to beat Juventus to the crown. Next up for them is the crunch Milan derby, and it could tell us a lot about just how far this Inter side can go over the coming months.

And finally, AS Roma has been on a recovery of its own, topping Empoli 2-0 to make it four wins on the bounce across all competitions. Goals from Steven Nzonzi and Edin Dzeko were enough for the club from the capital, which sits in sixth place with 14 points from eight games played thus far.

Since beating Lazio in the Rome derby, we have seen this side push on and confidence in the camp would appear to be on the rise. And those victories have seen Roma’s price drop, from +4000, to +3300, for them to win their first league crown in over 15 years.

Next up for Roma is a home match against Spal and, given their recent form, you would expect another three points. Following a slow start, the Romans are slowly but surely building their own title challenge.

ODDS TO WIN 2018-19 SERIE A

Odds as of October 8 at Bovada

  • Juventus -600
  • Napoli +600
  • Inter Milan +2500
  • AS Roma +3300
  • AC Milan +6600
  • Lazio +10000
  • Fiorentina +20000
  • Sampdoria +25000
  • Sassuolo +50000
  • Atalanta +50000
  • Torino +50000
  • Genoa +100000
  • Udinese +100000
  • Empoli +150000
  • Cagliari +250000
  • SPAL +250000
  • Bologna +250000
  • Parma +250000
  • Chievo +450000
  • Frosinone +450000

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Mario Mandzukic bagged a brace as current league champion Juventus comfortably saw off title rivals Napoli in Turin. The Old Lady have now won seven games in a row and sit six points clear at the top of the table, having scored 16 goals and conceded just five.

Meanwhile, there were also important wins for Inter Milan and AS Roma as they look to battle their way back into contention. Inter beat Cagliari 2-0 while Roma defeated great city rivals Lazio 3-1.

Juventus scores huge win over rivals

Cristiano Ronaldo may not have got on the scoresheet, but he played a pivotal role as Juventus saw off rivals Napoli 3-1 this past weekend. Napoli made the perfect start when Dries Mertens gave the visitors the lead after only 10 minutes.

But Mandzukic equalized from Ronaldo’s assist after 26 minutes and from then on the impetus was very much with the home side. Mandzukic put Juventus ahead less than five minutes after the interval and Leonardo Bonucci made sure of the points 15 minutes from time as Juventus has looked nigh-on unstoppable in the opening weeks of the season.

The result has seen the odds on Juventus retaining their title shortened once again. Having been at -400, the Old Lady are now at just -600 to win the league crown, and given the way they have started this season it does not look like many teams will be able to stop them.

This result was nothing short of disastrous for Napoli, especially after they had started the match in such a positive fashion. It was Carlo Ancelotti’s second loss of the season and, while Napoli remains in second place, they are now six points off Juventus.

The defeat has also seen Napoli’s price to win the league title rise slightly, from +500 up to +600. Napoli now has a huge Champions League game against Liverpool, before they host Sassuolo in Serie A’s eighth round – anything less than three points there could see Juventus pull even further ahead, and Ancelotti can afford precious few setbacks given how strongly Juventus has started the campaign.

Wins for Inter, Roma

Meanwhile, goals from Lautaro Martinez and Matteo Politano gave Inter Milan a comfortable 2-0 win over Cagliari. Inter boss Luciano Spalletti deserves huge praise for steadying what was a rocking ship, and the Nerazzurri can start looking upward and closing the gap at the top of the table.

Inter has now won four matches in a row across all competitions, including three in Serie A. Those three league victories have seen Inter concede just one goal, and the side now sits in fourth with 13 points from seven games, just two points behind Napoli in second.

Despite the victories, Inter’s price has risen slightly, from +2000 to +2500, to win the league, but that is more an indication of Juventus’ strength than any Inter weakness. If Inter continues to win football matches, then those odds will shorten as the weeks go by, and their next domestic commitment is a trip to take on Spal.

And finally, Roma clinched victory in the Rome derby to put a nightmare run of form behind them. Aleksander Kolarov and Federico Fazio struck in the second half after Ciro Immobile had wiped out Lorenzo Pellegrini’s opening goal for the hosts.

The result saw the club from the capital climb up to eighth with 11 points. Roma now sits just two points off Fiorentina in third place, and it was Roma’s second win in a row after they thrashed Frosinone 4-0 in midweek, and the club has now gone six matches unbeaten in front of their own fans, showing some much-needed consistency.

Recent positive results have not made a difference to Roma’s pricing in the race to win Serie A, however. The club remains at +4000 to win just their second Serie A title since the turn of the century, but they can nevertheless make it three league wins in a row when they travel to take on Empoli next time out.

ODDS TO WIN 2018-19 SERIE A

Odds as of October 1 at Bovada

  • Juventus -600
  • Napoli +600
  • Inter Milan +2500
  • AS Roma +4000
  • AC Milan +6600
  • Lazio +10000
  • Fiorentina +20000
  • Sampdoria +25000
  • Sassuolo +50000
  • Atalanta +50000
  • Torino +50000
  • Genoa +100000
  • Udinese +100000
  • Empoli +150000
  • Cagliari +250000
  • SPAL +250000
  • Bologna +250000
  • Parma +250000
  • Chievo +450000
  • Frosinone +450000

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That man Cristiano Ronaldo was on the scoresheet once again as Juventus beat Frosinone 2-0 to maintain their 100 per cent start to the season. The Old Lady now have five wins from five and sit three points clear of second-place Napoli.

Carlo Ancelotti looks to be finding his best formation and tactical plan at Napoli after they picked up a 3-1 win away to Torino. And Inter Milan also got three points on the board after a late goal was enough to edge past Sampdoria.

Ronaldo scores again

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a late goal as Juventus beat Frosinone 2-0 this past Sunday evening. Federico Bernardeschi added another to put the icing on the cake and ensure Juventus’ 100 per cent record remains intact.

Ronaldo recovered well from his red card against Valencia in the UEFA Champions League to score for the second league game running as Juventus is once again the pace setter in Italy. In truth, Ronaldo could have had a hat trick but saw several chances go begging before burying one from close range in the 81st minute. He now has three goals for his new club.

Frosinone has just one point so far and looks to be facing an uphill struggle for survival. Juventus, however, has seen its odds on another title win shortened slightly, from -350 to -400, as the team goes marching on.

And with three goals to his name already, it will be no surprise to see Ronaldo’s name at the top of the odds list to finish the season as top scorer. The Portuguese forward is at just -175 to win the Serie A Golden Boot award.

Next up for Juventus is a home game against Bologna, which recorded an impressive 2-0 win against Roma at the weekend. The likelihood is, however, that Juventus will chalk up another three points as Ronaldo looks to have finally found his shooting boots.

Napoli wins away

 A brace from Lorenzo Insigne helped Napoli to a hugely impressive 3-1 win away to Torino. The result means that Carlo Ancelotti’s side has picked up 12 points from five games and sits second in the early-season table, just three points behind reigning champion Juventus.

Napoli rarely looked worried during the 90 minutes and is now playing some bold, expansive football. As they grow in confidence, we are seeing the Napoli that is more than capable of offering a sustained challenge to Juventus over the coming months.

Napoli’s price to win the Serie A title outright remains the same, at +500, but their fans will be encouraged by the performance against Torino just as much as the outcome of the match. Next up for Napoli is a home match against newly promoted Parma before they travel to Turin for what will surely be a huge showdown away to Juventus. The outcome of that match, between the two favorites for the title, should go a long way to telling us just how ready this Napoli side is for a tilt at the crown.

Inter building momentum

Marcelo Brozovic scored a 94th-minute winner for Inter Milan to secure a crucial 1-0 win away to Sampdoria. The result was Inter’s third win in four across all competitions as they climb up to seventh and, just like Napoli, coach Luciano Spalletti looks to be settling on a formation and just what his best team will look like.

After a slow start, Inter is now within touching distance of those above them in the league standings. Following heavy investment in their playing staff over the summer transfer window, big things were expected of Inter this season, and their sluggish start has been underwhelming to say the least.

The win has seen their price to win the title drop from +2500 to +2000 and they now have a fantastic opportunity to build up a head of steam and climb the table. Their next match is a huge game at home to Fiorentina, which currently sits third with 10 points, and a win for Inter would draw them level, as well as laying down a huge marker of intent for their season ambitions.

ODDS TO WIN 2018-19 SERIE A

Odds as of September 24 at Bovada

  • Juventus -400
  • Napoli +500
  • Inter Milan +2000
  • AC Milan +3300
  • AS Roma +4000
  • Lazio +10000
  • Fiorentina +10000
  • Sampdoria +25000
  • Sassuolo +25000
  • Atalanta +50000
  • Torino +50000
  • Genoa +100000
  • Udinese +100000
  • Empoli +150000
  • Cagliari +250000
  • SPAL +250000
  • Bologna +250000
  • Chievo +250000
  • Parma +250000
  • Frosinone +450000

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Well, he is finally off the mark. Arguably the biggest news in Italy’s Serie A this past weekend was the fact that Portuguese ace Cristiano Ronaldo finally got on the scoresheet for his new club, bagging a brace in a narrow 2-1 win over Sassuolo.

The result means that Juventus maintains its 100 per cent record, and their four wins so far have brought nine goals at a rate of nearly 2.5 goals per game. Meanwhile, Napoli also got back to winning ways with a 1-0 victory over Fiorentina, thanks to a late strike from Lorenzo Insigne.

Ronaldo breaks Juventus duck

Cristiano Ronaldo got his first goals for his new club as the Old Lady saw their way past Sassuolo 2-1. Having failed to find the back of the net in his first three outings, Ronaldo bagged a brace on this occasion as Juventus maintained its perfect start to its latest title defence.

The visitors pulled one back and Juventus had Douglas Costa sent off in injury time, but the champions held on to secure the points. The result means that the champions remain three points clear at the top of the table and have already set the bar high in the opening weeks of the campaign.

A fourth straight victory has seen the odds on Juventus retaining its crown drop slightly, from -300 to -350. Meanwhile, Ronaldo getting his goal tally up and running for the season means he is still very much the favorite to win the Golden Boot and is priced at -175 to do so.

Next up for Juventus in the league is an away trip to minnows Frosinone, a match the champions will be expected to win. Their procession toward another title certainly shows no sign of slowing just yet.

Napoli back on track with win

Veteran boss Carlo Ancelotti got his Napoli players back on track with a 1-0 win over Fiorentina. It took until the 79th minute for Napoli to break down their stubborn opponents, but a strike from Lorenzo Insigne was enough to secure three points and a third win in four outings for Ancelotti.

The result hoisted Napoli up to second in the table with nine points, two ahead of Sassuolo in third but, crucially, three behind Juventus at the top of the league. Those dropped points last time out against Sampdoria have allowed Juventus to already put some daylight between themselves and the chasing pack.

Nevertheless, this weekend’s win has seen Napoli’s price to get their hands on the domestic crown drop dramatically from +700 to +500. Juventus very much remains in front, but if Napoli continues to apply pressure, then the Old Lady could slip up at some point along the winding road to domestic triumph.

Napoli is the favorite to finish as “best of the rest,” at +137 to finish top of the table excluding Juventus. Having once again qualified for the UEFA Champions League, the side is at just -450 to finish in the top four in Serie A come the end of this season.

Potential challengers fall away early

And finally, not one of AS Roma, Inter Milan and AC Milan could muster a win between them as their respective title challenges look to have stumbled far too early. The biggest shock came at the San Siro as Inter – widely tipped to challenge for the title after heavy investment over the summer transfer window – lost 1-0 to newly promoted Parma.

The shock result saw Inter’s price to land the league crown more than double, from +1200 to +2500. The club is, however, at just -125 to finish the season in the top four.

There were also disappointing draws for Milan and Roma, with the former coming away from Cagliari with a 1-1 stalemate. The club from the capital, however, endured a desperately poor afternoon as they were held 2-2 at home by bottom club Chievo.

AS Roma let a two-goal lead slip in the second half and has now not won since the opening day of the season, collecting just two points from its last three league outings. Both Milan and Roma are at +2500 to win the Serie A crown – up from +1600 from the third round.

ODDS TO WIN 2018-19 SERIE A

Odds as of September 17 at Bovada

  • Juventus -350
  • Napoli +500
  • Inter Milan +2500
  • AS Roma +2500
  • AC Milan +2500
  • Lazio +10000
  • Fiorentina +12500
  • Sampdoria +20000
  • Atalanta +25000
  • Torino +50000
  • Sassuolo +50000
  • Genoa +100000
  • Udinese +100000
  • Cagliari +150000
  • Empoli +150000
  • SPAL +200000
  • Bologna +250000
  • Chievo +250000
  • Parma +300000
  • Frosinone +450000

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It was by no means pretty, but defending Italian league champion Juventus managed to hold onto their 100 per cent record this season following a nervy 2-1 away win against newly promoted Parma this past weekend. Goals from veteran Mario Mandzukic and Blaise Matuidi came on either side of Gervinho’s striker for the home side, while Cristiano Ronaldo’s elusive first goal in Italian football continues to elude him.

And the champions managed to put daylight between themselves and their main title rivals for the first time this season. Napoli were comprehensively beaten 3-0 by Sampdoria, while a last-minute strike also saw Roma go down 2-1 at Milan. There was, however, a first win of the campaign for Luciano Spalletti’s Inter.

Ronaldo search for first goal goes on

Cristiano Ronaldo has yet to get off the mark for new club Juventus, but that did not stop them from making it three wins from three this past weekend away to Parma. Mario Mandzukic opened the scoring for the Old Lady after only two minutes, before Gervinho replied for the hosts just after the half-hour mark.

However, a goal just before the hour from Matuidi was enough to seal the points, and in truth Juventus could have had more with Brazilian attacker Douglas Costa going close to putting the icing on the cake. Their performances have been more efficient than spectacular so far, but it has not stopped them from being priced as the overwhelming favorites to successfully maintain their domestic crown.

The champions are now at just -300 to win the league title once again, and the fact they are managing to get the job done without Ronaldo firing should send a stark message to their rivals. Next up for the Old Lady is a home game with Sassuolo on September 15.

The Portuguese veteran may not have found the back of the net yet, but he remains the clear favorite to finish the season as top scorer in Italy’s Serie A. The 33-year-old is at the same price as before (-138) to win the Golden Boot come May.

There was relief for Luciano Spalletti and his Inter Milan side this past weekend as they finally got their own campaign up and running. Inter can now go into the international break with a much-needed confidence boost, while new signing Radja Nainggolan was on the scoresheet on his debut.

After a slow start to the season which saw the Nerazzurri pick up just one point from their opening two games, Inter now sits seventh with four points on the board as they look to build up some momentum. After the break, Inter hosts Parma in a match they will be confident of taking the points in as Spalletti looks upwards to launching a title challenge on old rivals Juventus.

As a result of this weekend’s victory, Inter’s price to win the title has dropped slightly from +1440 to +1200. And Argentine forward Mauro Icardi is only behind Ronaldo in the betting to win the Golden Boot – he is at +600 to get his hands on the prize.

Napoli drops points in race for the title

There was a first setback for Carlo Ancelotti in the Napoli hot seat after his side was comprehensively beaten 3-0 by Sampdoria this past Sunday evening. Having beaten both Lazio and Milan, Napoli was undone in the first half by a brace from French forward Gregoire Defrel before a wonder striker from Fabio Quagliarella sealed the points 15 minutes from time.

The defeat means Napoli has dropped down to sixth, three points behind league leaders Juventus. Sassuolo now surprisingly sits in second place, having collected seven points from the opening three games.

And having been Juventus’ closest challengers last season, Napoli needs to stay on the coattails of the champions. Their price to get their hands on a first league crown in close to three decades has risen to +700 following defeat.

Roma, meanwhile, has also seen its price rise following a 2-1 defeat to Milan on Saturday night. The club from the capital sits in ninth place with four points and is at +1600 to win the title for just the second time since the turn of the century.

ODDS TO WIN 2018-19 SERIE A

Odds as of September 3 at Bovada

  • Juventus -300
  • Napoli +700
  • Inter Milan +1200
  • Roma +1600
  • Milan +1600
  • Lazio +10000
  • Fiorentina +12500
  • Sampdoria +25000
  • Atalanta +25000
  • Sassuolo +50000
  • Torino +50000
  • Genoa +100000
  • Udinese +100000
  • Cagliari +150000
  • Empoli +150000
  • Spal +200000
  • Chievo +250000
  • Bologna +250000
  • Parma +300000
  • Frosinone +450000

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Current Italian league champions Juventus put in a strong showing as they comfortably saw off Roman outfit Lazio 2-0 in the second week of the new season. Goals from Miralem Pjanic and veteran striker Mario Mandzukic were enough to seal the points as the Old Lady maintained their 100 percent start to their latest title defence.

Meanwhile, Napoli won a thrilling encounter with AC Milan 3-2 to stay on Juventus’ coattails. Carlo Ancelotti’s side rallied from two goals down to score three times in 27 minutes and snatch the points.

Ronaldo still looking for first goal

Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo made his home debut for Juventus this past weekend but his search for his first goal in black and white stripes continues.  A fine strike from Pjanic opened the scoring before Mandzukic put the icing on the cake after the break.

However, Juventus has done all that has been asked from them in their opening two games, and have six points in the bank as well as having scored five goals already. Their class was too much for a Lazio side which finished fifth last term but has now lost its first two games of the new campaign – although those defeats have admittedly come at the hands of Napoli and Juventus.

The champions remain the favorites to retain their crown after their perfect start to the season. Juventus is at -250 to be crowned Italian league champion once again come May.

Despite failing to find the back of the net in his first two games, Ronaldo is still the outright favorite to finish the season as top scorer in Italy. You can back the Portuguese to get his hands on the Golden Boot prize at just -138, with Inter’s Mauro Icardi at +600 to pip him to the post.

Meanwhile, one of the sides that was thought to be a main challenger looks to have stumbled prematurely in the title race. Inter Milan dropped points yet again, drawing 2-2 with Torino despite opening up a two-goal lead after only 32 minutes.

After losing 1-0 to Sassuolo last week, Inter, which spent heavily over the summer and tied coach Luciano Spalletti down to a new contract until 2021, has picked up just one point so far this season and is still looking for its first win. After Torino pulled level, there were still over 20 minutes to play, but a distinct lack of fire from the Inter attack saw them create and threaten little in the closing stages.

As a result, Inter’s price to get their hands on the Serie A crown has already risen steeply before the season is a month old. Having been at +800 to win the title, the price for the Nerazzurri now stands at +1400.

Napoli remains level with Juventus

One side that has not disappointed over the first two rounds of the new season is Napoli. Veteran boss Carlo Ancelotti took charge of his first home game at the helm of his new club and it was a game that he will not forget in a hurry.

Ancelotti masterminded victory over his former club AC Milan – where he won the UEFA Champions League twice – coming back from two goals down to win 3-2. Polish midfielder Piotr Zielinski scored twice as Napoli battled back from a desperate position to seal a historic and hard-fought three points.

And having been Juventus’ closest challengers last season, it looks like Napoli is the team best equipped to push all the way this time around as well. After a second successive win, Napoli’s price to win the league has fallen slightly (from +600) and now stands as +550 as they look to win their first league crown in close to three decades.

Just like Juventus, Napoli has six points and five goals scored. It should be a close and intriguing battle between the two over the coming months.

Roma, meanwhile, has seen its price rise without even playing their second game yet. The side hosts Atalanta on Monday night and has gone from +700 to +1000 to win only their second Serie A title since the turn of the century.

ODDS TO WIN 2018-19 SERIE A

Odds as of August 27 at Bovada

  • Juventus -250
  • Napoli +550
  • AS Roma +1000
  • Inter Milan +1400
  • AC Milan +2800
  • Lazio +6600
  • Atalanta +10000
  • Fiorentina +20000
  • Torino +50000
  • Sampdoria +50000
  • Genoa +50000
  • Sassuolo +50000
  • Udinese +75000
  • Parma +150000
  • Cagliari +150000
  • Chievo +150000
  • Empoli +150000
  • Bologna +150000
  • SPAL +200000
  • Frosinone +250000

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Defending Italian champions Juventus were forced to sweat late in a 3-2 win over Chievo. Meanwhile, there were also wins on the road for expected title challengers Napoli and Lazio, but Inter Milan, who have invested heavily in their squad over the summer, fell 1-0 to Sassuolo on the opening day.

Ronaldo fails to find the net

There was no goal for Cristiano Ronaldo on his Juventus debut, and the side needed a dramatic 93rd-minute winner to find a way past Chievo this past Saturday. The result showed there is still room for improvement from the champions over the autumn months, but their resilience in the face of adversity remains as strong as ever.

Juventus remain the favorites to retain their domestic crown, but their rivals will be buoyed by the fact that there are most certainly chinks in that Turin armor. The Old Lady have seen their price drop slightly to -225 to be crowned Serie A champions come the end of the season.

And despite drawing a blank in his first game, Ronaldo remains the odds-on favorite to finish the season as top scorer. The Portuguese veteran is at -150 to win the domestic Golden Boot.

Meanwhile, a new-look Inter side failed to jell as they lost 1-0 away to Sassuolo. Their expensively assembled squad was forced to face facts – time and patience may well be key to getting the best out of the pieces at coach Luciano Spalletti’s disposal.

A penalty in the 27th minute was enough to put Inter down and the early evidence suggests that it may still be too soon to be talking of the title. Inter have now lost seven times against Sassuolo since 2015 and have now lost on the opening weekend of the Serie A season in two of the last three campaigns.

But Inter remain the second favorites for the Serie A crown at a price of +600. In addition, Spalletti’s side is at -250 to finish in the top four and, after that performance, that may well be the limit of their abilities this season.

Much will depend on the exploits of Argentine forward Mauro Icardi. Only Ronaldo is at shorter odds to finish the season as top scorer, with Icardi at +600 to get his hands on the Golden Boot.

Ancelotti makes winning start at Napoli

Veteran boss Carlo Ancelotti got off to a winning start as Napoli boss with a 2-1 win away to Lazio in Rome. The side survived an early scare and were forced to come from behind to snatch the points after Ciro Immobile gave the home side the lead.

Napoli ran Juventus close last season, finishing just four points off the top of the table, and are at +700 to win their first Serie A crown in close to three decades. Ancelotti looks to have steadied the ship admirably after the key losses of Maurizio Sarri and midfield creator Jorginho, and the team got stronger the longer the game went on.

On paper at least, there is more than enough quality in the Napoli squad to launch another title challenge, and with Ancelotti at the helm of the ship, quite frankly anything is possible for this group of players. If the players have adapted quickly to his methods, then Napoli could well be a force to be reckoned with over the course of the season.

The same could also be said of AS Roma, who got their season off on the right foot with a 1-0 win away to Torino. It took them until the 89th minute to seal the victory – and once it came it was thanks to Edin Dzeko once again.

It is hard to stress just how important the Bosnian is to this Roma side. His goals could go a long way to deciding the fortunes of the club this season, and the striker is at +1000 to finish the Serie A season as top scorer.

The club from the capital look odds-on for a top-four finish – they are at -250 to achieve one – but they are not far behind the likes of Inter and Napoli when it comes to an outright title win. You can back Roma at +800 to get their hands on the league title for just the second time this century – that’s a slight increase from preseason.

ODDS TO WIN 2018-19 SERIE A

Odds as of August 20 at Bovada

  • Juventus -225
  • Napoli +600
  • AS Roma +700
  • Inter Milan +800
  • AC Milan +1600
  • Lazio +5000
  • Atalanta +20000
  • Fiorentina +25000
  • Torino +25000
  • Sampdoria +50000
  • Genoa +50000
  • Parma +50000
  • Udinese +75000
  • Sassuolo +100000
  • Cagliari +100000
  • Chievo +100000
  • Empoli +100000
  • Bologna +100000
  • Frosinone +200000
  • SPAL +200000

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There is now under a week until the new Serie A campaign in Italy kicks off, and Juventus very much remains the team to beat on the domestic front. The Turin-based outfit has now won the league crown for seven seasons in a row and their success has shown little sign of abating as they continue to sweep all before them.

Admittedly, however, last season was far closer than many had previously envisaged. Juventus finished just four points ahead of closest rivals Napoli, but while the champions have strengthened yet again, their closest challengers have lost key pieces during the transfer window.

Can Juventus be caught?

That is the main question as we head into the new season, and there is no escaping the fact that the Old Lady is once again the clear favorite to secure the Serie A title. You can back them at just -250 to make it eight wins in a row, and the addition of Ronaldo to their ranks will give them a huge confidence boost.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the veteran forward is also the favorite to finish the campaign as the top goalscorer in Italy. You can back the Portuguese at -150 to finish as Italy’s Golden Boot winner, with teammate and Argentine international Paulo Dybala at +3300 to do the same.

However, the golden rule remains pertinent here: the more specific your bets, the higher the potential rewards, and you may also bet on how many goals you think Ronaldo will net. OVER 29.5 comes in at +100, with UNDER 29.5 at the shorter price of -138.

Inter back among the big boys

One club who may run them close this season is former European champion Inter Milan. Inter could only manage a fourth-place finish last season, a massive 23 points off Juventus, but an aggressive transfer window has bolstered the squad of coach Luciano Spalletti considerably.

Of course, the club can also count on striker Mauro Icardi, one of the hottest properties in world football right now. In addition, the club has added Radja Nainggolan, Keita Baldéa and Lautaro Martinez as they look to win their first domestic crown in close to a decade.

Inter are at +650 to get their hands on the Serie A crown in May, but you can also back them at the much shorter price of -250 to finish in the top four. Given the options now at Spalletti’s disposal, that should be the absolute minimum target for the campaign.

Indeed, such is Juventus’ dominance in Italy that you can also bet on a league table that does not include the current champions, and it is Inter who are favorites to finish up as “best of the rest” at +200. And Icardi’s goals will be crucial to any title hopes Inter has – the Argentine international is at +600 to finish as Serie A’s top goalscorer, with only Ronaldo priced shorter.

Ancelotti looking to work magic at Napoli

And finally, Napoli may have lost their excellent yet eccentric coach Maurizio Sarri, but they would appear to be in safe hands for the new season.  Veteran boss Carlo Ancelotti, formerly in charge at the likes of AC Milan, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, has taken over as the club looks to mount another title challenge.

This season, however, has seen Napoli fall slightly down the pecking order. The previous campaign saw them finish just four points off Juventus, having amassed 91 points and won 28 of their 38 league games.

This season they are at +700 to win the league title outright, and how much the loss of key playmaker Jorginho will hurt the creative impetus of the team remains to be seen. Ancelotti starts his new job with a tough assignment away to Rome side Lazio, but it is visitors Napoli, at +140, who come in as the slight favorites to make a winning start to the season.

ODDS TO WIN 2018-19 SERIE A

Odds as of August 15 at Bovada

  • Juventus -250
  • Napoli +600
  • Inter Milan +650
  • AS Roma +700
  • AC Milan +1800
  • Lazio +5000
  • Atalanta +15000
  • Fiorentina +25000
  • Torino +25000
  • Sampdoria +30000
  • Genoa +50000
  • Parma +75000
  • Udinese +75000
  • Cagliari +100000
  • Chievo +100000
  • Empoli +100000
  • Sassuolo +75000
  • Bologna +150000
  • Frosinone +200000
  • SPAL +200000

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While Juventus is still the favorite to top Italy’s Serie A in 2018-19, Inter Milan has made a big move up the oddsboard ahead of the August 18 start date to the campaign.

Juve, who obviously landed Cristiano Ronaldo this summer, is the clear-cut favorite to win the league at online shop Bovada at -225, but Inter has moved from +1100 when I first posted this article to now +700, in what has been the most significant futures move with the season starting in little over one week.

The Nerazzurri, one of Italy’s proudest clubs, haven’t won a scudetto since the 2009-10 season but had a great 2017-18 campaign which saw them finish fourth and qualify for Champions League via a dramatic 3-2 victory over Lazio on the final day.

All that said, what’s really impressive about Inter heading into the new season is the signings that the club has made and the players that it has been able to retain. Incomings include Stefan de Vrij, Kwadwo Asamoah, Sime Vrsaljko, Radja Nainggolan, Matteo Politano and Lautaro Martinez. Those big-name players join the likes of Mauro Icardi, Ivan Perisic, Milan Skriniar, Samir Handanovic, Matias Vecino and electric youngster Yann Karamoh to form a very, very strong Inter side.

Manager Luciano Spalletti, now in his second season with Inter, brought a sort of defensive stability to the side that it has lacked in recent seasons. Inter, traditionally known as a staunch defensive outfit, conceded just 30 goals last season. The season before, under a revolving door of managers including Frank de Boer, Stefano Vecchi and Stefano Pioli, it conceded 49 goals.

Serie A titles belong to Juventus. The Old Lady has won seven straight entering the season and adding CR7 to an offensive trio which will potentially feature Douglas Costa and Paulo Dybala flanking him is a scary thought for the rest of the league.

Here’s a look at the complete oddsboard:

ODDS TO WIN 2018-19 Serie A
TeamOdds
Juventus-225
Napoli+600
AS Roma+700
Inter+700
AC Milan+2000
Lazio+5000
Atalanta+15000
Fiorentina+25000
Torino+25000
Sampdoria+30000
Genoa+50000
Parma+75000
Udinese+75000
Cagliari+100000
Chievo+100000
Empoli+100000
Sassuolo+100000
Bologna+150000
Frosinone+200000
SPAL+200000

Odds as of August 10 at Bovada

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With the great Cristiano Ronaldo heading to Italy to ply his trade with Juventus, the defending Serie A champions have moved from -160 prior to the rumors to now -250 with the transfer official.

Juve has won the last seven Serie A titles and with Ronaldo heading to The Old Lady, eight is beginning to look more and more likely and online shop Bovada has them firmly on top.

Ronaldo is coming off three straight Champions League titles with Real Madrid and won his second La Liga crown with the club in 2016-17. While 33 years of age, he was second in La Liga in scoring with 26 goals and was the top scorer in Champions League with 15.

Juve has already been active in the summer transfer market, adding João Cancelo and Mattia Perin to bolster a squad that has lost club legend Gianluigi Buffon as well as Stephan Lichtsteiner and Kwadwo Asamoah.

Serie A had the most exciting title race of the “big five” European leagues last season. Juve won by four points over Napoli while Manchester City won the Premier League by 19 points over Manchester United, Barcelona won La Liga by 14 points over Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich won the Bundesliga by 21 points over Schalke and PSG won Ligue 1 by 13 points over Monaco.

Can anyone compete with Juventus this season and prevent them from winning another scudetto?

The Return of Carlo Ancelotti

Well, the second team on the futures board, Napoli (+550), has made some of the most drastic changes in the offseason. The biggest, of course, is replacing Maurizio Sarri with Carlo Ancelotti on the touchline.

The great Italian manager returns to Serie A for the first time since leaving AC Milan at the end of the 2008-09 season. Since moving abroad, Ancelotti has won the Premier League with Chelsea (2009-10), Ligue 1 with PSG (2012-13) and Bundesliga with Bayern Munich (2016-17). His success is undeniable and he probably has the best chance to do what Sarri couldn’t with a very talented Napoli club.

Napoli is on the verge of losing midfield staple Jorginho but has added the very talented Fabián Ruiz from Real Betis as well as winger Simone Verdi, who is coming off a great season with Bologna, and young goalkeeper Alex Meret from Udinese.

If you believe in Ancelotti and this very talented Napoli side, they are being offered at a pretty decent price of +550.

Inter Milan On The Rise Up the Table

Inter Milan’s dramatic victory over Lazio on the final matchday of the season secured a return to the Champions League for the first time since the 2011-12 season as they locked up fourth place in Serie A. It was a fantastic debut season in Milan for manager Luciano Spalletti and the club hopes for a higher place in the table in the upcoming season and sits at +1100 to win the scudetto.

The additions to the squad have been very interesting with ex-Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan entering the fold as well as highly touted Argentine striker Lautaro Martinez, who comes over from Racing.

The biggest coup of all might be centerback Stefan de Vrij, who joins on a free transfer from Lazio. The Dutch defender was immense for Lazio last year and adding him to a list of centerbacks that already includes Miranda and Milan Skriniar is a scary thought. Inter conceded just 30 goals last campaign, good enough for fourth behind Juve (24), Roma (28) and Napoli (29), so we shouldn’t be surprised to see that number lower at season’s end.

Here’s a look at the complete oddsboard:

ODDS TO WIN 2018-19 Serie A
TeamOdds
Juventus-250
Napoli+550
AS Roma+700
Inter+1100
AC Milan+2000
Lazio+5000
Atalanta+20000
Fiorentina+25000
Sampdoria+35000
Torino+35000
Genoa+50000
Sassuolo+50000
Udinese+50000
Parma+50000
Cagliari+100000
Chievo+100000
Empoli+100000
Bologna+150000
SPAL+200000

Odds as of July 11 at Bovada

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