Following the heroics of the Italy national team in the UEFA 2020 European Championships earlier this summer, there will be plenty of optimism within the country regarding their league football.
Of course, the Serie A is still one of the biggest football leagues around the world, as it continues to attract some of the biggest names in world football, whilst continuing to provide fans with some of the most competitive action when teams go up against each other on the pitch. To further highlight the league’s appeal, the amount of sports bettors who continue to search for the best Serie A football betting odds should do a lot to show just why the league is as popular as it is.
Inter Milan are the current defending champions of the league title, but they have since lost a number of key personnel from that winning side, with influential figures such as Antonio Conte, Romelu Lukaku and Achraf Hakimi having all moved on to pastures new.
Indeed, these departures will not have done too much for the Nerazzurri and their chances of retaining their title, although their comprehensive 4-0 victory over Genoa in the first match of the season will have been a timely reminder for many that the blue-half of Milan are still going to be a force to be reckoned with.
Speaking about Milan, AC Milan are a team that continue to undergo a rebuild at the moment as they look to make an impression and build on last season’s impressive 2nd-placed finish.
There have been a number of incomings and departures to the squad, with notable exits including those consisting of Gianluigi Donnarumma to Paris Saint-Germain and Hakan Calhangolu to rivals, Inter, on free deals following the expiration of their contracts.
Despite this, their 1-0 victory over Sampdoria on the opening day highlighted that they could still be a title contender despite the chopping and changing that they continue to go through.
Juventus will be looking to make a challenge once again and return to the top where they believe they will rightfully deserve to be although they could have a difficult time this season.
I Bianconeri started their season with a 2-2 draw against Udinese, whilst there is a lot of backroom noise for Massimiliano Allegri to deal with already, despite being in his second spell as Juve boss.
There has been plenty of speculation surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo’s future in Turin, with rumours having started before the UEFA European Championships this summer suggesting that CR7 was looking for a way out.
There is plenty of confidence within the club that he will remain with the team and will not be sold this summer, although there will be some concerns tas he has already asked to be benched for games at this early stage of the campaign.
AS Roma are perhaps another rather interesting team to look at within the Serie A at the moment, with Jose Mourinho having made a return to Italy and being tasked with bringing the glory back to the capital of the country.
Roma have been steadily rebuilding under the Portuguese boss since his arrival earlier in the summer, with a number of transfers having already been made. Furthermore, his impact appears to have already had the desired effect, as I Giallorossi managed to record a 3-1 victory against AFC Fiorentina in their first match of the season, with Tammy Abraham playing a starring role.
Maurizio Sarri has also made a return to the league this summer after he was appointed the manager of SS Lazio, in a move that will see the Rome-based club look to continue to improve under a former Scudetto winner.
Things certainly look promising under the former Napoli, Chelsea and Juventus boss, though, as they were able to coast past Empoli with a 3-1 victory away from home.
At the other end of the table, though, Venezia had a crashing start and were brought back down to reality after securing promotion to Serie A last season following the Serie B playoff.
The team, who famously celebrated promotion by going on the famous rivers of Venice on a gondola, were beaten 2-0 by SSC Napoli, who were reduced to 10-men. Things will not get any easier, as they will face Udinese away from home before going up against Empoli in another away fixture.
Things are even more precarious for Salernitana, though, as their first season back in Italy’s top division for over two decades could come to a premature end as they could face explusion from the league if they fail to be sold by 31 December due to a breach of competition rules as the current Lazio owner, Claudio Lotito, also owns the club.
Indeed, the 21/22 Serie A season has already started with a bang and it would not be a surrpise if it were to continue in the same way as the games come thick and fast throughout the entirety of the campaign.