Last season was a monumental time for Napoli as they lifted the Scudetto for the first time in 33 years. Not since the days of Diego Maradona when they finished first in 1987 and 1990 had the club from Naples tasted Serie A glory.
However, now the celebrations are over and the league is back to business, the question is, can Napoli do it again? Plenty of sports bettors will have backed the last season but could also be looking at Inter, Juventus and Milan this time around.
Many wagers are placed on Italy’s top division every weekend and, if you click here, you can assess the odds while this article will also look ahead to the Serie A title race in 2023/24.
Napoli are strong but how strong?
In the opening six matches, Napoli dropped points in three, losing at home to Lazio and drawing at Genoa and Bologna.
Of course, it was in the latter game that striker Victor Osimhen missed a penalty and fell out with manager Rudi Garcia. Then there was the club’s social media post that appeared to mock the forward that made it look like the Naples club could be set for crisis mode.
However, they bounced back with a 4-1 win over Udinese and Osimhen was on the scoresheet. It’s such character that will stand them in good stead as they look to finish first for a consecutive campaign
Inter Fly out the Traps
Despite the disappointment of losing the Champions League final in June, Inter clearly dusted themselves down swiftly over the summer and are ready to go again.
The Nerazzuri won five of their opening six Serie A fixtures, scoring fifteen goals in the process. Having bolstered the attack with the signing of Marcus Thuram from Borussia Monchengladbach and also signed goalkeeper Yann Sommer and defender Benjamin Pavard from Bayern to keep it solid at the back, Inter look a well-balanced and dangerous side.
Milan Keeping the Pace
Inter’s rivals Milan have also enjoyed a strong start to the season with an equally impressive win ratio of five wins from six matches.
Milan splashed some cash this summer, bringing in Christian Pulisic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek from Chelsea as well as Samuel Chukwueze from Villarreal and it’s so far so good for the San Siro side.
After lifting the title in 2022 for the third time this century, they’ll be determined to add another victory to the honours list.
Juventus Staking a Claim?
After being deducted ten points last season for ‘financial irregularities’, the Bianconeri will be keen to get back on track and return to the top of the table sooner rather than later.
Having won nine Scudettos in the 2010s, Juve will be hoping that missing out on Europe will actually boost their title bid by keeping them fresh for domestic games.
With experienced players like Leonardo Bonucci, Juan Cuadrado and Angel Di Maria leaving Turin in the summer, it feels like Juventus are in transition. While the squad may not be perfect right now, the club and fanbase will still be confident of competing at the top of Serie A this campaign.