Will the Scudetto Stay in Milan?
Last month, AC Milan won their first Serie A title in 11 years and denied rivals, ‘Inter’ from defending the Scudetto. It was one of the best title races in recent memory, as it went down to the final day. Both clubs are expected to be in the title race once again but should face some stiff competition. Let’s take a look at the offseason 2022-23 Serie A outright odds.
Romelu Lukaku is back with Inter! Chelsea’s record signing scored 24 goals for the Nerazzurri in their 2020-21 Scudetto-winning campaign and is back on loan. Lukaku scored just eight goals in the Premier League for Chelsea last season but he’s found the most success in Serie A. Inter Milan, who sit at +190 Serie A outright odds, also brought in attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Inter could complete more business before the end of the transfer window. Argentina international forward Paulo Dybala has been heavily linked but his demands are reportedly too high. The spine of Inter’s team should remain the same, which means another potential title challenge. Plus, coach Simone Inzaghi extended his contract to 2024.
For their lofty standards, Juventus have been disappointing for the past couple of years. The Bianconeri won nine consecutive Scudettos from 2012 to 2020 but have finished fourth the past two seasons. Entering a new era, with longtime Giorgio Chiellini off to the MLS, Juve is priced at +200 odds to win Serie A.
Former midfielder Paul Pogba continues to be linked with a switch back to Turin, along with Angel Di Maria. With Federico Chiesa expected to return from an ACL injury early on in the season, things are looking up for “the Old Lady”. Chiesa and January arrival Dusan Vlahovic are yet to play a game together but could form a highly dynamic attacking duo.
Reportedly, Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech could follow Lukaku to Milan. Ziyech is linked with AC Milan, who aren’t short on attacking options as things stand. Milan is also expected to sign Alessandro Florenzi on a permanent deal, following his one-year loan spell. Milan won the title last season despite a mid-season injury crisis and is in pole position to challenge again.
For those looking to bet on Serie A, the Rossoneri have the third-best odds to win the title, at +225. Milan will get injured center-back Simon Kjaer back soon but key midfielder Franck Kessie is off to Barcelona. Keeping star winger Rafael Leao would certainly boost AC Milan’s chances but he’s wanted by Europe’s top clubs.
Napoli’s last league title came in the Diego Maradona days but they hovered around the top of the table for most of last season. Next season, the Partenopei are losing longtime captain Lorenzo Insigne and other players are also linked with exits. Manager Luciano Spalletti has threatened to resign if center back Kalidou Koulibaly is sold. However, Koulibaly has made his preference to join Barcelona clear.
Midfielder Fabian Ruiz and forward Victor Osimhen are also linked with moves elsewhere. With a lot of uncertainty surrounding the club, +1200 Serie A outright odds seem to make sense.
Jose Mourinho’s Roma finished their season by winning the inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League. That could set the tone for next season as Mourinho looks to return Roma to the Champions League and more. Striker Tammy Abraham was a revelation last season and he should get close to the 20-goal mark if he stays in the Italian capital.
Meanwhile, Mourinho has already brought in Nemanja Matic. The club appears to be further backing him as they’ve reportedly negotiated with Goncalo Guedes and Isco. Roma could turn a few heads next season and they sit at +1600 odds to win the Scudetto.
It was a disappointing season for Atalanta in 2021-22 as they finished eighth. Without any European competition this season, they can now focus on their Serie A schedule. Gian Piero Gasperini’s side finished third in three consecutive seasons from 2019-21 and is a dangerous team to play against. They’re listed at +2500 odds to win the title and just made a deal for center-back Merih Demiral permanent.
Ciro Immobile will always be in the running for the Golden Boot and he’s just one away from equalling the record. Immobile has four Golden Boots but no Serie A title and Lazio aren’t necessarily expected to be in the running. Priced at +5000, the Biancocelesti do have some talented players. The defense could be their downfall, though.Follow us on Twitter