The new Serie A season is less than a month away and with the 20 squads slowly taking shape, here’s a brief overview and what to expect from each side.The new Serie A season is less than a month away and with the 20 squads slowly taking shape, here’s a brief overview and what to expect from each side.
Juventus will once more start the season as favourites to clinch the title in May, but with the significant reinforcements for some of the other sides, we predict it will be a hard-fought battle with regards to the Serie A 2019-20 trophy.
Similar to last season, the fight for European spots will most likely be quite a breathtaking one this upcoming season as well, with the possibility of a surprise surely not to be underestimated.
When it comes to the lower side of the classification we also expect to have another intriguing relegation battle with sides needing to fight until the last match in order to save themselves a place within Italy’s top flight.
Having clinched a Champions League spot for the 2019/20 season, Atalanta will surely have a lot of high expectations surrounding them across all three competitions.
Key player: Alejandro Gomez
The club captain and the main playmaker for the Bergamo side. Many of Atalanta’s attacking play will go through the Argentinian’s feet and his consistency in form will surely be crucial to Atalanta’s success.
Last year, Bologna had a season full of ups and downs with the change in managers proving to be fundamental to the Rossoblu’s final position in the standings. With some new faces in the squad, Bologna expect to improve on the last campaign when they start the new season.
Key player: Riccardo Orsolini
In a team of few stars but many standouts, Riccardo Orsolini has been so important during the second part of last season and it is crucial for Bologna to have this guy in a consistent form if they are to aspire for better results.
Brescia is the first newly-promoted side on the list and being new to the Italian top-flight, they are expected to struggle with all the other big teams. However, with the right reinforcements from the transfer market, they can easily have a shot at maintaining their spot in the Serie A.
Key player: Sandro Tonali
The young Italian midfielder is foreseen as the player who could decide Brescia’s faith in the upcoming season. His superb passing ability combined with his outstanding vision of play makes him the standout player for Brescia.
The Rossoblu have not exactly been outstanding last season as they just clinched safety towards the end of the campaign. Therefore, if they want to take that extra step forward and fight for something more important, Cagliari will surely need to improve on last season.
Key player: Leonardo Pavoletti
He was the top-scorer for Cagliari in last season’s campaign and the striker’s aerial ability and ease in finding the net could give the Sardinian side that extra push they need to fight for a top 7 finish.
Fiorentina had a highly unexpected disappointing 2018/19 season as they barely avoided relegation. Now with the new ownership and a reshuffle within the squad, the Viola will be hoping they can return to battle for a Europa League spot in the 2019/20 season.
Key player: Federico Chiesa
The young Italian winger is arguably one of the biggest of Italy’s rising stars and one of the few positives from last season for Fiorentina. Will he be able to carry his side to a solid season this year?
Last season was very close to disaster for Genoa and the Rossoblu will now be hoping they can improve drastically their position in the Serie A 2019/20 season. Being a side quite famous for constantly selling their star players, they will need to act fast on the transfer market if they are to take a step forward.
Key player: Christian Kouame
With top-scorer Krzysztof Piatek’s departure in January last season, Christian Kouame was handed the opportunity to take the helm of the Grifone attack and that’s exactly what he did. This season is expected to be a very important one both individually as well as in terms of helping the team as a whole for the young Ivorian forward.
Hellas Verona were the last of the three newly-promoted sides to join the 20 squads for the new Serie A season after they clinched promotion through the Serie B playoffs. It won’t be easy for them to keep up with the already established sides but we expect a challenge from their end just the same.
Key player: Miguel Veloso
The former Genoa midfielder is probably the most experienced midfielder within the squad and is dubbed to be the man to make the difference for the Giallo Blu next season. Veloso will be instrumental to Verona’s playing style under Ivan Juric who was his manager at Genoa as well.
Once more, Inter left it very late to clinch a Champions League spot last season as they made it to the prestigious European trophy for the second season in a row. With Conte leading them now combined with the capture of some top players, the Nerazzurri seem the next in line to challenge their arch-rivals Juventus for the Serie A crown.
Key player: Nicolo Barella
His €50 million transfer from Cagliari in the summer made him the second-most expensive player in the history of the club and while some may argue they are a bit too much for a 22-year old, we think Barella will surprise a few and take the Nerazzurri to a storm during the new season.
Inter to win Serie A title: 6*.
Like most of the recent seasons, everyone will be expecting Juve to add another scudetto to their trophy cabinet. However, many will be wondering whether it’s the Bianconeri’s year when it comes to lifting the Champions League trophy in May, having missed out on the prestigious title on many occasions in the past.
Key player: Cristiano Ronaldo
Now that no one is left surprised of the Portuguese superstar’s ability to have incredible seasons year in year out anymore despite his age, we are going for Cristiano Ronaldo once more to be Juve’s standout player next season as well.
Juve to win Serie A title: 1.44*.
Last year, the Biancocelesti failed to replicate the run they had two seasons ago and will be hoping they can have another shot at this when the new season starts. They will surely do their best to achieve a much-desired Champions League spot throughout the season.
Key player: Ciro Immobile
Even though he hasn’t been very decisive for the club from the capital during the last campaign, Ciro Immobile is expected to be the star player for Lazio next season with his goals possibly proving vital for his side’s objectives to be reached.
This will be Lecce’s sixteenth Serie A season and as one of the latecomers to the league, they will be hoping they can have a strong season and be able to retain themselves a place in the Italian top flight. Liverani’s side seems to be one of the most active on the transfer market out of the three newly-promoted sides.
Key player: Filippo Falco
Falco was voted as the overall best player of the last Serie B season and will be hopeful he can go a step further in advance as his team takes on a new challenge in the Serie A 2019-20 season. During the last campaign, the Lecce forward managed 7 goals and 10 assists in 31 appearances.
The Rossoneri came incredibly close to securing a place in this season’s Champions League campaign last season but they didn’t persist enough especially towards the end of the season. Having not been admitted to any European competition this season, the Rossoneri will start afresh with manager Giampaolo and will be expected to land the prestigious European spot this year.
Key player: Krzysztof Piatek
Krzysztof Piatek was maybe only one of the few forwards to have managed to bring back the excitement around the striker position at AC Milan in recent years. With his first full season with the Rossoneri coming up, the Polish will be hoping he can get his side back to its glory days thanks to his impressive goal scoring ability.
Napoli have been having some very strong Serie A campaigns over the past years and last year they actually managed to defy expectations set for them before the start of the season. However, with a few retouches to the squad from the transfer market, once more, the Partenopei seem set to challenge Juve for the title next season more than ever.
Key player: Dries Mertens
Even if many might not select the Belgian as the player who will prove to be the big difference for Napoli, we think the forward is actually at the peak of his career and could be decisive for his sides’ chances to be crowned champions of Italy.
Napoli to win Serie A title: 7*.
The Emilia Romagna side have last season completed a third consecutive promotion after some tough times in 2015 when they had gone bankrupt. Last season Parma managed to surprise a few when they ensured a mid-table finish and Serie A safety at the end of the season. Now they are expected to improve on this result and possibly aspire for seventh-place which would mean European football.
Key player: Roberto Inglese
Having returned from Napoli on loan for the second consecutive season, Roberto Inglese is our chosen man to take Parma to the next level in the upcoming Serie A campaign. He is known for his technique on the ball and the impressive aerial ability in the opponents’ half.
The club from the Italian capital are possibly having the worst period in their history with ongoing reshuffles within the administration as well as within the playing squad. After announcing Paulo Fonseca as their new manager, Roma will be hoping they can now have a fresh start with the new season just around the corner.
Key player: Nicolo Zaniolo
Nicolo Zaniolo emerged as one of the hottest prospects in European football during the 2018/19 campaign and with a full season already played on a consistent basis to his advantage, the young midfielder is expected to take hold of his side and get them back where they belong.
Sampdoria displayed a promising 2018/19 season and Fabio Quagliarella was top scorer of the league at 36 years of age, but now they will be hoping they can improve their run as a team and maybe give it a shot at finishing within the first seven positions of the league standings.
Key player: Fabio Quagliarella
Last season, Quagliarella became Italy’s oldest international goalscorer, while he also managed to find the net in 11 consecutive Serie A games, a record set by Gabriel Batistuta 24 years ago. Given the kind of player he is, we expect him to successfully replicate his run this season as well.
After a season of ‘more of the same’, Sassuolo will be looking to re-establish themselves as Serie A’s best provincial team and maybe try to aspire for something more than just a mid-table finish at the end of the 2019-20 season.
Key player: Domenico Berardi
It seems like the obvious answer, but after some very important exits for Sassuolo over the past years, there’s no question that Berardi is the club’s star man. Once seen as a future superstar, he still has time on his side, and if he can get back to his best it will only be to Sassuolo’s benefit.
SPAL had an unexpectedly good 2018/19 season, where they finished 13th and with some intriguing new signings, they’ll look to push on further. Their manager, Leonardo Semplici, is known for transmitting quite an attack-minded approach to his teams and SPAL will be hoping they can go on to achieve something more than just Serie A safety next season.
Key player: Andrea Petagna
Following some very disappointing seasons, Andrea Petagna seems to have finally found the right dimension in Ferrara where he found the net 16 times last season. Now, the upcoming season will be the one where he needs to confirm his talent and try and improve his run.
The Granata can consider the 2018/19 season as one of the best in their history, having finished in seventh place with 63 points and establishing themselves as one of the toughest sides to beat in the Italian top flight. Having been admitted to Europa League instead of troubled Milan, they will need to carefully split energies given the three competitions they will take part in.
Key player: Andrea Belotti
The Torino superstar had quite a good 2018/19 season, having scored a total of 17 goals across all competitions. At just 25-years-old, however, il Gallo still has time on his side to reclaim his standing amongst Serie A’s top strikers with an even better performance this season.
Udinese surely didn’t enjoy a consistent 2018/19 season with three managers taking over the Bianconeri throughout the campaign and plummeting towards the drop zone and rising back up for most of the season. Now, with Igor Tudor back at the helm of the Friuli side, they will be hoping he can lead them to a more comfortable season and avoid the risk of dealing with relegation towards the end of May.
Key player: Kevin Lasagna
The Udinese striker is considered the most complete one of all the centre forwards at the club and we think he will be the one who manages to emerge with some credit at the end of what is expected to be a difficult season coming up.
*Odds are subject to change