Betting on Italian Serie A Football
Football, or calcio as it is also known in the country, is an Italian passion – vociferous supporters can be found gracing every ground up and down the country, and the sport is a frequent topic of conversation in cafes, bars and restaurants. Serie A is the top division in the country, and this 20-team league is awash with romantic names – Juventus, Napoli, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Lazio, Roma, Fiorentina, and so on. To any follower of football, not just European football, Italy has always been one of the stylists of the beautiful game, both tactically, and in what the game means to supporters.
It is of little surprise, then, that at the beginning of every European football season, around August time, Italian Serie A title odds are reflected upon not just up and down the boot of Italy, but around the world. In recent years, Juventus have dominated proceedings, but historically all of those clubs previously mentioned have enjoyed their time in the sun, as well as other glamourous names which only add to the appeal of Italian football.
The top four teams at the end of every season qualify for the UEFA Champions League, with the next three clubs entering the following season's Europa League. The bottom three clubs are relegated into Serie B, which can be a difficult league to climb out of due to the fierce competition to get into Italy's football elite.
Italian Serie A Football Odds
When looking to place a bet on Italian football, and Serie A in particular, there are many historical statistics which point to where your money could be placed. When it comes to Serie A winners odds, Juventus are almost perennially at the lowest numbers, with about another three or four teams the only others with a realistic chance of overturning the dominance of the Turin-based team. The goalscorer markets are popular too, but again these days reflect the dominance of Juventus, and in particular the dominance of Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined Juve from Real Madrid in 2018.
Looking at the goals markets, Italian football is famous for its defensive solidity and Italian defenders are masters of the art form – they would undoubtedly take pride in the fact that in three of the four most recently completed seasons, the league has featured no more goals than the global average (those same defenders must have been having nightmares after 2016/17, however, when an average of 2.96 were conceded and 58% of all games featured three or more goals – that does seem to have been an exception, though).
Lastly, home form is important in Italian football, and the biggest clubs are rarely beaten on their own turf - testament to the incredibly partisan support these clubs generate in their own stadiums, and also a nod to the cauldron-like atmosphere that often exists at grounds. Away fans are not often seen at Italian grounds, and this will go a long way to explaining why away teams often come away empty handed – a good tip for bettors.
Italian Serie A Title Odds for 2019-20
As they always do these days, Juventus start the 2019/20 season as short odds favourites to claim a Serie A title that has been in Turin for eight consecutive seasons, up to and including 2018/19. Runners-up in the last two seasons, and three of the last four, Napoli, are unsurprisingly second favourites for the title according to the Serie A winners odds, followed by the two Milan clubs of Inter and AC Milan, with Roma and Lazio also amongst the betting, though at long odds. 2018/19's surprise package Atalanta, who secured a Champions League berth for the first time in the club's history, are not bothering the leaders in the betting as most of the club's major talent is expected to be picked off, as is the way when a smaller team comes to the fore in modern football.
Among other popular markets to bet on with regards to Italian football are the top scorer charts – dominated with money placed on one Cristiano Ronaldo, who secured the accolade in 2018/19 – and the teams who will get relegated into Serie B.
Italian Serie A Football History
The completed 2018/19 season was the 117th version of the Italian top tier, and in that time it is hard to imagine another league which has attracted the attention of football fans around the world quite like Serie A. It is partly to do with the glamourous clubs which compete there, and also partly the footballing talent which struts itself on pitches up and down the land. Indeed, it was Italian football that perhaps started to attract players from abroad to play on Italian shores before any other league in the world began this practice. For example, the 1960s saw players of the calibre of John Charles, Jimmy Greaves and Denis Law's moves to Italy, which generated incredible interest in the league in English-speaking countries, and since then an incredible array of foreign talent has followed: Ronaldo, Ruud Gullit, George Weah, Andriy Shevchencko, Gabriel Batistuta, Cristiano Ronaldo and so on. And then you cannot ignore the incredible native players that have obviously graced the league, taking their success onto the international stage: Paolo Rossi, Marco Tardelli, Roberto Baggio, Fabio Cannavaro and Gianluigi Buffon are just five of literally hundreds that could be mentioned.
Among clubs, the Old Lady of Turin – Juventus - have historically been the most successful club domestically, as their 35 titles (up to the end of the 2018/19 season) attest to, although that includes a run of eight consecutive titles up to the end of 2018/19. Juve are usually the top of the pile then when it comes to unearthing Serie A winners odds. AC Milan and Inter, great city rivals and both legendary names of Italian football, both have 18 titles, and it is unsurprising to see their names feature next on Serie A title odds lists, but Napoli are also a serious threat to Juve's domination these days, as are the two main Roman clubs, Roma and Lazio.