The last of the big five European football league’s begin this Saturday with Parma hosting a Juventus searching for their ninth consecutive Serie A title. To get you up to date with all the latest Serie A summer transfers and news, here is our season preview outlining the title contenders, top four hopefuls and relegation battlers!
Once again, Juventus are favourites to claim what would be a ninth successive Serie A title this season. Although their squad looks undeniable, the biggest question surrounds how they will adapt to the incoming Maurizzio Sarri’s style of play. As always, Juventus have proved they are the kings of the free transfer market, picking up Aaron Ramsey, Adrien Rabiot and club legend Gianluigi Buffon. They have also acquired some of Europe’s most promising talents in Matthijs de Ligt and Lorenzo Pellegrini. Add that to the likes of Ronaldo, Dybala and Pjanic, the Bianconeri are looking very strong, but don’t be surprised by a slow start as they adapt to the infamous ‘Sarriball’.
Key signing/s: A. Rabiot (PSG, free), L. Pellegrini (Roma, £19M), A. Ramsey (Arsenal, free), G. Buffon (PSG, free), M. de Ligt (Ajax, £67M), Danilo (Man City, £34M)
Key loss/es: J. Cancelo (Man City, £60M), M. Kean (Everton, £24M), L. Spinazzola (Roma, £26M), S. Sturaro (Genoa), R. Orsolini (Bologna)
First 5 games: Parma (A), Napoli (H), Fiorentina (A), Verona (H), Brescia (A)
Predicted Finish & Title Odds: 1st - 1.44
After yet another second place finish last season, Napoli have done some astute business over the summer to give themselves some hope of finally taking down Juventus. With the signing of Kostas Manolas joining Kalidou Koulibaily at the back, they now boast one of the most intimidating centre-back pairings in Europe. If they can also get the best out of their attacking strike-force in Milik, Insigne and Mertens, we could be looking at a serious outfit. A good start to their campaign will put Juventus under a lot of pressure as they adapt to a new style of play, but ultimately, Juve’s squad looks a bit too strong!
Key signing/s: K. Manolas (Roma)
Key loss/es: A. Diawara (Roma), R. Albiol (Villarreal)
First 5 games: Fiorentina (A), Juventus (A), Sampdoria (H), Lecce (A), Cagliari (H)
Predicted Finish & Title Odds: 2nd - 5.54
Inter’s disastrous campaign last season ended with perhaps their biggest signing of the summer in manager Antonio Conte. With plenty of trophies to his name, Conte has made an immediate impact after some decent pre-season results and the signings of Nicolo Barella and Matteo Politano. Although, Inter have spent an extraordinary amount of money on an underperforming Romelu Lukaku and the addition of the ageing Diego Godin. On paper, Inter look strong defensively and in midfield, with the majority of questions surrounding their attacking qualities. If Conte can get the best out of Lukaku, Icardi and Martinez they have a chance at the title, but a second or third place looks the most likely.
Key signing/s: R. Lukaku (Man Utd, £74M), D. Godin (A Madrid, free), V. Lazaro (H Berlin), M Politano (Sassuolo), N. Barella (Cagliari), S. Sensi ( Sassuolo)
Key loss/es: R. Nainggolan (Cagliari, loan), I. Perisic (B Munich, loan)
First 5 games: Lecce (H), Cagliari (A), Udinese (H), Milan (A), Lazio (H)
Predicted Finish & Title Odds: 3rd - 5.52
Fourth Place Hopefuls
AC Milan, Roma & Lazio
AC Milan’s average start to last year’s campaign came back to bite them as they missed out on Champions League football by one point. Piatek and Suso will need to be at their best again if they are to make it back into the top four. Over the summer, Roma have lost Manolas and Lorenzo Pellegrini, along with managerial and boardroom changes galore. They have brought in the likes of Pau Lopez, Jordan Veretout and more to strengthen their squad, but it might be a while till we see the best out of a new-looking Roma outfit. Finally, Lazio will be looking to bounce back this season following a disappointing eighth-place finish in 2018/19. If they can take the goal scoring pressure off Immobile and get some goals out of Alberto, Correa and the incoming Manuel Lazzari, they could sneak into the top four.
Verona, Lecce, Brescia, Parma & Genoa
Unfortunately for the promoted Verona, Lecce and Brescia, they are the clear favourites to be relegated from Serie A this season. Serie B is a stark difference to the fast-paced top division, so they’ll need to get off to a quick start and ride the wave. Parma and last year’s 17th place-getters Genoa are the other teams who will most likely be in danger of dropping. But as always, there is great chance of a surprise inclusion in the relegation battle later in the season.
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