AC Milan should be in for yet another challenging season following their near miss as it relates to qualification for Champions League football last term.
The club should find things a bit more difficult in the Italian Serie A given that hometown rivals Internazionale have brought in Antonio Conte as their new boss. The former Italy international’s record speaks for itself, Conte has experienced remarkable success as boss of Juventus and his stint at Chelsea was one of the most impressive the Premier League had seen in quite some time. It’s hardly an argument that he would have achieved even more had he been able to operate amicably at his former clubs.
Juventus have also brought in a new tactician in Maurizio Sarri. The Italian won his very first trophy with the Blues last season, leading them to Europa League glory and it is expected that he will win his first league title with the Bianconeri as they still boast the best squad in Serie A and have Cristiano Ronaldo at their disposal.
Napoli are also a very strong side and Carlo Ancelotti, who spent eight years in charge of the Rossoneri, guiding them to two Champions League trophies and a Scudetto, simply cannot be underestimated.
Milan are understandably not favoured to win the league this year. The managerial post left void by Gennaro Gattuso’s departure at the end of last season has been filled by Swiss Italian coach Marco Giampaolo and it will be interesting to see how influential he could be.
Rossoneri are 25/1 to lift the league title at the end of the 2019/20 campaign with Bet365. Juve remain the favorites for the Scudetto at 9/4 with Betfair while Paddy Power have Inter at 9/2. Napoli are the third favourites for the crown, and William Hill has them at 6/1. It’s also worth noting that fans keen on Serie A betting for next season could register with thebookiesoffers.co.uk and receive top bookies offers.
Krzysztof Piatek is behind Ronaldo in the race for the Capocannoniere award (Golden Boot), with William Hill offering 4/1 odds on the Polish forward finishing the season as Serie A’s top scorer while Ronaldo is at 7/4. Last season’s winner, Fabio Quagliarella, who scored 26 goals, has odds of 8/1 attached to his name after his stellar campaign in front of goal with Sampdoria. Piatek, meanwhile, netted 22 times last term, outscoring Ronaldo by a single goal. So, of course, a punt on him winning the accolade this time around wouldn’t be considered unwise.
Bet365 have Milan at 11/10 to finish in the league’s top four next season, following their fifth-placed finish under Gattuso in the last one. They will be battling even more contenders, including the likes of AS Roma and Lazio who are 13/8 and 3/1 respectively with William Hill.
All in all, it’s set to be an uphill battle for the San Siro residents, who have struggled for prominence in Italy, last winning the league title in 2011 under Allegri. Since then, Juve have dominated the Italian top flight with eight consecutive Scudetti hauls.
Things might not be as simple for the Turin side and their new boss next term, however, given Conte’s return to Italy. The upcoming Serie A campaign certainly promises to be one of the most competitive we’ve seen in a very long time and Milan should be hoping to at least be in contention for it’s top prize.