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 Latauro 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 Spaletti, 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, 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 as of August 10 at Bovada
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 as of July 11 at Bovada