Milan to retain the Scudetto & five long-term Serie A bets to follow this season

Calcio betting expert Marco Di Cosmo gazes into the crystal ball to forecast the value markets on the peninsula for the 2011-12 season
Odds supplied by William Hill

Milan to win Serie A @ 2.25

The reigning champions are back in business without any sensational transfers but they have a deeper squad as they maintained their best players. Andrea Pirlo has departed but he was not a major contributor for the Rossoneri last season. Milan have added quality with Phillipe Mexes and Taye Taiwo at the back and the Scudetto will be a battle between the Milanese giants; where Inter, without Samuel Eto'o, will suffer.

Juventus to qualify for Champions League @ 2.0

Juve can be the surprise package of the new season. New coach, new quality players, and no European competition means they can focus on the domestic front. Andrea Pirlo remains a world class player able who can turn a mediocre team in a good one. He will be the key to a big season for the Old Lady.

Fiorentina to finish ahead of Udinese @ 2.20

Punters should believe in Fiorentina as they didn't sell all the players that people expected them to flog. Alberto Gilardino has remained in Florence and he promises goals as a result, while Stevan Jovetic's return from injury is practically a new signing. Compare that to Udinese, who have lost Alexis Sanchez and Gokhan Inler, and will also have European commitments along with Serie A.

Cesena to finish ahead of Chievo @ 1.80

Good times lay ahead for Cesena. The signings of Adrian Mutu, Eder, and Antonio Candreva will be a shot in the arm for a team who is usually expect to be in the relegation battle. Marco Parolo in midfield has matured and is catching the eye of bigger sides across Europe. Chievo have lost players and have not made any signings of note.

Giampaolo Pazzini to be top Scorer @ 13.00

This is more of a fun bet but we should be attracted by the high-scoring potential Inter can have with new boss Gasperini. Whoever has played as centre forward has always scored a lot goals with him, as both Marco Borriello and Diego Milito will attest to during their days at Genoa.

One to back each week
* Back over 2.5 goals on Pescara

Since Zdenek Zeman came back to Calcio he has naturally resumed his attacking approach to the game. It happened last season with Foggia and it will be happening this year at Pescara. In the opening matches of Serie B all of 'Il Boemo's' games have gone over the 2.5 goals mark. Move quickly on this bet as prices will be shortening every game.