Despite Juve Dominance, Fascinating Battles Remain in Serie A

February 11, 2019

Barring a collapse that would go down among the biggest shocks in the history of sports, Juventus will claim its 35th Serie A title at some point in the next few months. The 11-point gap to Napoli looks insurmountable, and, while the title will be celebrated, most fans will be looking to other markers of success for the season, including remaining unbeaten in the league for the entire season and pushing on in the Champions League.

However, there are some mini-battles that are of interest to Juventus fans and neutrals over the coming few months. For a start, there is the matter of the Capocannoniere. At the time of writing, Cristiano Ronaldo is leading the way with 18 goals, two ahead of Sampdoria’s Fabio Quagliarella and Atalanta’s Duvan Zapata. Such is the confidence in Ronaldo from bookmakers, the Portuguese is given odds of just -625 to outscore his peers this season. Despite being just two goals behind, Zapata and Quagliarella are given odds of +700 and +900 respectively (odds from 888sport).

Ronaldo also chipping in with assists  

Arguably more intriguing is the race for the top assist provider in Serie A. Ronaldo has been in business in that sense too, providing seven assists for team-mates. That’s just one behind the leader, AC Milan’s Suso. The odds for the Portuguese to take that accolade are a very tempting +700. However, once again this market is the sort that can change dramatically, even within a game, so make sure you check out a bookie with real time stats updates and data, such as those found with the soccer live betting at 888 Sport NJ.

Fans of the Old Lady will remember all too well how it feels to languish in the lower divisions, so spare a thought for poor old Chievo Verona. Just one win all season, which counted for nothing as they had 3 points deducted, they will be in Serie B next year. However, there are just six points separating Frosinone in 19th place and Spal in 14th place, which suggests a six-way scrap to avoid filling those last two relegation spots. Indeed, if Genoa’s terrible fun of form continues, they too could be sucked into the mire.

Race for Champions League will be thrilling

As for the Champions League spots, Napoli have almost definitely booked their place in Europe’s premier competition once again next season. Inter, too, look in a very strong position to get back into the big time, with a four-point gap to 4th place with 15 games to go. It should nevertheless be hugely entertaining to watch AC Milan (39pts), Atalanta (38pts), Roma (38pts) and Lazio duke it out for the final Champions League spot. Crucially, every one of that quartet is showing decent form, so it’s hoped that the fixtures between them in the run in will be a delight for the neutrals.

Indeed, three of those four sides have made to the semi-final of the Coppa Italia, with Atalanta given the tag of favorites after overcoming Juventus in the quarter-final. It means, of course, there will be no chance of the treble for Juventus this season, but it could be interesting to see how free-scoring Atalanta (they have surpassed even Juventus’ goal tally in the league) deal with the pressure of one-off cup games, especially those that are balanced on knife-edge. Juve saw Atalanta’s quality in that 3-0 stinging defeat, but can La Dea cope with the pressure of being favorites?

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