Welcome back to the last half of my Serie A predictions! It’s time to focus on the heavy hitters so let’s get to it!
10th Place- US Sassuolo
After an 11th place finish last season, I expect Sassuolo to build a little bit on that position this year. This summer saw a large squad shake up with many sales and signings. However, with all the sales I believe only one will be truly notable and that sale is defender Francesco Acerbi. He was sold to Lazio after being an anchor in the back for Sassuolo. It looks like the team has reloaded with many signings that target young talent. One signing that hits close to home for me is Jeremie Boga. The former Chelsea man is still young and talented along with many of the signings Sassuolo made this summer which is why I believe they will finish in the top half of the Serie A this year.
9th Place- Torino
I think having teams repeat their finish from the prior season is becoming a trend for me. Coming off a 9th place finish last season, I believe history will repeat itself. The thing is Torino may have gotten better this past summer and yet I don’t see them making up any ground because of the sheer quality of the teams above them. In order for Torino to climb the greasy rungs of the Serie A table, star players will have to carry them. Prolific striker Andrea Belotti will try to build on a 13 goal campaign last season and recapture his form from two seasons ago when he burst onto the scene with a stunning 28 goals. If he’s firing them in the back of the net, Torino will be climbing the table.
8th Place- Atalanta
This team is built around their solid attack which scored 57 goals. Their defense was a top 5 unit in terms of goals conceded last season, only allowing 39. This is a team that is built around some older players approaching or eclipsing their 30’s. Electric striker Papu Gomez is now 30 and so his attacking counter-part Josip Ilicic. That may not seem old in terms of real life, but players tend to lose a step the farther they go from that 30 marker. Both players are quality and fun to watch, for the fans sake I hope Atalanta’s aging players will continue to perform. I believe they will but this may be one of the last seasons we see this roster set up the way it is.
7th Place- Fiorentina
Young stars are in abundance at Fiorentina and I will definitely be keeping an eye on them this season. Talented striker Giovanni Simeone will look to build his resume as will winger Federico Chiesa. The sheer promise in Fiorentina’s attack force should be enough to make their fans cheer on command. This goes without mentioning they also grabbed one of the most promising goal keepers in the world. Alban Lafont joined the club for what looks like pennies on the dollar with his quality. I expect this Fiorentina side to make some noise this season.
6th Place- Lazio
In a toss up between 5th and 6th, I have Lazio sliding down one spot from last year. This team scored an astounding 89 goals last year, first in Serie A. World class striker Ciro Immobile smashed in 41 goals last year in 47 games, an incredible conversion rate. This summer saw prolific winger Felipe Anderson and defensive anchor Stefan De Vrij move on. However Joaquin Correa was brought in to fill Anderson’s shoes and Francesco Acerbi replaced De Vrij. This team should be enjoyable for even the neutral fan to enjoy and will look to pick up where they left off last year.
5th Place- AC Milan
Money can’t buy happiness and this is true for AC Milan. Since being bought by new owners, the club has spent an obscene amount of cash in an attempt to claim a league title. So far, this strategy has been fruitless and I believe it will stay that way. AC did bring in quality players this summer but they just don’t have the ability to challenge the four teams ahead of them. Top class striker Gonzalo Higuain will be vital in driving this team up the table. If this team can find a rhythm, they may push up the table but for now I’m leaving them in 5th.
4th Place- Napoli
This prediction will hurt Napoli fans. After finishing 2nd last season they lost two key elements of their team in midfielder Jorginho and manager Maurizio Sarri. Jorginho was the most consistent player last season for the side from Naples and he will be dearly missed. The side did quality business this past summer, however it doesn’t compare to the 3 teams I have slated to finish above them. Carlo Ancelotti is a fantastic manager and I could see him proving me wrong. At this point however, I am going to stack the cards against Napoli and force them to prove me wrong.
3rd Place- Roma
A 3rd place finish last season is exactly what is on the cards for Roma this year. They sold starting keeper Alisson for a staggering $72 million and midfielder Radja Naingoglan for $43 million as well. With all that cash to spend, Roma went out and addressed needs. Steven N’zonzi and Javier Pastore bring experience and quality to the midfield while Justin Kluivert is tipped to be one of the most promising players in the world. Not to be outdone Ante Coric will challenge Kluivert for the title of best wonderkid this year. All of this experience and youth will drive Roma to a top 3 finish in a very tough league.
2nd Place- Inter Milan
Inter looks to jump two quality teams they finished behind last season in Roma and Napoli. Their transfer business this summer appears to be exactly what the doctor ordered. Players that had no future with the club were sold off in great volume. Inter turned around and signed Radja Nainggolan from Roma and high potential youngster Lautaro Martinez. Let’s not forget players like Stefan De Vrij, Keita Balde and Sime Vrsalko coming for at least this season. This Inter team is intriguing and could push for that crown this season.
1st Place- Juventus
This is an obvious, predictable, and boring choice for champion. However, it is the right one. Juventus has won every Serie A title since 2012 and they sure aren’t stopping now. Signing one of the best players of all time in Cristiano Ronaldo is already enough transfer business to lock up another league title. But Juventus wasn’t done, they signed Douglas Costa permanently. Oh and they signed Leonardo Bonucci. And Joao Cancelo. And Mattia Perin. I mean my word let’s just hand them the trophy now and end the season. But that wouldn’t be fun, I hope a different team claims the Serie A crown this year. Unfortunately for the other 19 teams in Serie A, it just won’t happen. Juve will win the league comfortably and potentially the Champions League to match.
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