Italian Serie A 2012/13 Betting Preview

by Thomas

After Italy performed extremely well in Euro 2012, there is a buzz about Italian football again. Therefore, the upcoming Serie A season is one many are looking forward to and it all gets underway on Saturday 25th August 2012, with Juventus current favourites in the betting markets.

It is arguably the league with the biggest collection of famous teams. There is so much history to the Serie A and there are many willing it to become great again. Perhaps the 2012/2013 campaign is the season for this to happen.

With Juventus – who didn’t lose a game last season – aiming to defend their title, AC Milan hot on their heels and the likes of Inter Milan, Napoli and Roma looking to challenge, it could be an epic campaign from start to finish.

2012-13 Italian Serie A Betting Odds

TeamWinner OddsRelegation Odds
AC Milan4.00

2012/2013 Serie A Winner Preview

As mentioned, it was Juventus that secured the Serie A title last season, achieving the tremendous feat of going the entire league campaign unbeaten. This doesn’t mean it was easy for Antonio Conte’s men though – far from it.

In the end, they finished just four points ahead of AC Milan. For those wondering why an unbeaten team didn’t storm the league, the answer is simple – they drew too many games, with 15 out of their 38 games ending all square.

However, they held their nerve when it mattered with 11 wins in their final 12 Serie A games, a pattern they will want to continue this season as they aim to defend their title.

Conte is definitely an ambitious manager of course and he will be determined for Juventus to become Italian Champions for successive years for the first time since 2003. He wants his team to dominate and has spent the money this summer to try and help this happen.

A few players have left Juventus Stadium – including Milos Krasic – but this has made room for new talent. Juventus have raided Serie A rivals for Mauricio Isla, Sebastian Giovinco and Kwadwo Asamoah, while Paul Pogba and Lucio have joined on a free transfer.

Make no mistake about it, this is a very strong Juventus squad and you can see why they are the 2.38 (Coral) favourites for the title.

AC Milan will be the biggest threat to Juventus after missing out last season. In the end, they paid the price for some stuttering form at the beginning of April having gone blow for blow with the Champions until then.

This season, it could all depend on how their new squad settles down. After all, there has been a massive turnaround in playing staff with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva amongst a number of high profile players to leave the club.

Lots of experience has been lost too with Clarence Seedorf, Alessandro Nesta and Mark van Bommel amongst those to leave. It is now a new era for the San Siro club and their transfer activity over the next couple of weeks could determine their chances.

At the moment, they are 4.00 (Paddy Power) to win the title and it could all depend on the start they make. Hit the ground running with what will be a much younger squad and there could be a breath of fresh air around the place that could pave the way for success.

Unlike many years in Europe though, the race for 1st position is not a two horse race in Italy. Juventus and Milan may well have been the runaway top two last season, but there are some massive teams looking to be in the mix this time.

This includes Inter Milan. The dominant team in Italy not so long ago when they won five titles in a row between 2005 and 2010, they were incredibly disappointing last season and finished in 6th position.

However, Massimo Moratti’s men finished with slightly better form though and after a positive pre-season, they will want to take some momentum into the first few weeks. New signing Rodrigo Palacio is one to watch for them. They are available at 5.00 (William Hill) to win the Serie A title.

Beyond these three teams, you do start to get to some more unlikely candidates. Napoli for example are 17.00 and although they have a more than capable squad, their ability to hold off the rest of the teams for the entire season is questionable.

They are in good form in pre-season though and in Velon Behrami and Goran Pandev – who scored six goals for them on loan last season – they have made a couple of solid additions to their squad.

You then have Roma at 23.00 and after an inconsistent campaign last time out – they finished 7th – there best hope is perhaps similar to Parma and Udinese – challenge for the Champions League places.

Speaking about Udinese, they of course finished 3rd last season, but to repeat these exploits would be an incredible effort. They have lost key players too, so many expect them to struggle this year.

2012/2013 Serie A Relegation Preview

With the title race set to be fascinating from start to finish and full of massive Italian clubs, it seems fair to say that the battle to remain in Serie A could take somewhat of a back seat.

This doesn’t mean it isn’t important for those taking part though and after only seven points separated 10th and 17th last season, there could be plenty of teams looking over their shoulder.

Newly promoted Pescara and Torino are expected to struggle of course, while it will be fascinating to see how Sampdoria find competing in Serie A after a year away.
Then, you have Catania – who performed above all expectations last year to finish 11th – that could find another tough season very difficult. They finished last season with just one win in ten games and many fear for them this time around.

2012/2013 Serie A Golden Boot Odds and Predictions

The race to be the top goalscorer in Serie A is always a fascinating one and with last season’s golden boot winner Ibrahimovic now playing in France, it is wide open for the 2012/2013 campaign.

Highly-rated youngster Mattia Destro is considered a front runner, with his goal tally perhaps dependant on Roma’s form in the new campaign. The 21-year-old scored 12 goals for Siena last season though, so with more talented team-mates, he can perhaps find the net more often.

You then have the almost unstoppable Diego Milito to consider. He scored 24 goals last season and with Inter Milan expected to be stronger, he is going to be the main man for them once again. He may be 33-years-old, but there are few others who know how to score in Serie A like he does.

Both Antonio Di Natale and Edinson Cavani scored 23 goals in the last campaign and they will definitely be in the mix again. Then, for a dark horse, you have Antonio Cassano.

He is a controversial character, but with Ibrahimovic out of the way at Milan, he could aim to be the main man, taking some impressive form from Euro 2012 into the new Serie A season.

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