Serie A Preview – Will Juventus, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Napoli or Roma claim the title?

By Mark Peters IN General,Serie A - 20:07 Aug 19th 2017

Having been crowned champions in each of the previous six seasons, it is understandable that Juventus have once again been installed as title favourites, though they are unlikely to have it all their own way this time around.

The departures of Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves will leave major holes in the defensive unit, though it is hoped that Daniele Rugani can deliver on his potential and fill the void left by the Italian international’s exit.

Further forward, summer recruits Federico Bernardeschi and Douglas Costa will be expected to bring creativity and flair to the champions’ attack:

Federico
Bernardeschi
versus
Douglas Costa
FWDPOSITIONMID
23Y 6MAGE26Y 11M
6FT 0INHEIGHT5FT 9IN
11ST 11LBWEIGHT10ST 11LB
 
SA | FIO | | FCB | BL
06/16 - 06/1706/16 - 06/17
27
STARTS
14
2315
MINS
PLAYED
1439
11
GOALS
3
4
ASSISTS
3
3
OPENING
GOALS
1
1
WINNING
GOALS
1
5
HOME
GOALS
2
6
AWAY
GOALS
1
HEADED
GOALS
L
11
GOALS
R/L FOOT
L
2
R
1
210
MINS
PER GOAL
480
8
TOTAL
1

AS Roma and Napoli have been Juventus’ greatest challengers in the last couple of seasons, but it is easy to see these two teams heading in different directions in 2017/18.

Under new management and with their inspirational captain Francesco Totti no longer out on the pitch, the side from the Italian capital have also lost key players in the shape of Antonio Rudiger and Mohamed Salah.

Maurizio Sarri’s men, by way of contrast, have so far managed to resist interest in some of their star names, persuading both Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne to extend their contracts with the club:

Dries
Mertens
versusLorenzo
Insigne
FWDPOSITIONFWD
30Y 3MAGE26Y 2M
5FT 4INHEIGHT5FT 4IN
9ST 8LBWEIGHT9ST 8LB
 
SA | NAP | | NAP | SA
06/16 - 06/1706/16 - 06/17
28
STARTS
35
2578
MINS
PLAYED
2923
28
GOALS
18
9
ASSISTS
9
8
OPENING
GOALS
7
5
WINNING
GOALS
5
13
HOME
GOALS
6
15
AWAY
GOALS
12
1
HEADED
GOALS
L
4
R
23
GOALS
R/L FOOT
L
3
R
15
92
MINS
PER GOAL
162
7
TOTAL
2

Over in Milan, the two European heavyweights have enjoyed contrasting summers as they look to re-establish themselves amongst the major contenders for significant silverware.

Luciano Spalletti has left AS Roma to pick up the managerial reins at Internazionale, with the 58-year-old, twice named ‘Coach of the Year’ in Serie A, looking to bring some much-needed stability to the Nerazzurri.

For their part, AC Milan have completely revamped their squad, bringing in the likes of Andre Silva, Ricardo Rodriguez, Franck Kessie and Hakan Calhanoglu, as well as adding two quality centre-backs in the shape of Bonucci and Mateo Musacchio:

Leonardo
Bonucci
versusMateo
Musacchio
DEFPOSITIONDEF
30Y 3MAGE26Y 11M
6FT 3INHEIGHT5FT 11IN
13ST 5LBWEIGHT11ST 5LB
 
SA | JUV | | VIL | LL
06/16 - 06/1706/16 - 06/17
26
STARTS
23
2406
MINS
PLAYED
2067
3
GOALS
SCORED
H
1
F
2
GOALS
HEAD/FOOT
ASSISTS
2
12
CLEAN
SHEETS
9
24
GOALS
AGAINST
22
100
MINS PER
GOALS A
94
6
TOTAL
2

VERDICT

This could well be the season in which Napoli finally break Juventus’ stranglehold on Serie A, with AC Milan likely to join this pair in qualifying for the Champions League.

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