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Serie A preview: Cristiano Ronaldo looking for fresh start with Juventus

14:59 BST 30/07/2018
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Italian champions Juventus are not satisfied to simply rest on their laurels. They may have lost veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon to French club Paris Saint-Germain, but their new arrival, Cristiano Ronaldo , brings a whole new dimension to the clubs attacking options.

The Old Lady may well not have it all their own way, however. Last season was a close run race between Juventus and Napoli, and this season will also see the likes of AS Roma and Inter Milan throwing their hat into the ring.

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When it has come to recent Serie A campaigns, the title has started and ended with Juventus. Last season, however, saw Napoli run the defending champio0ns all the way to the wire, giving hope to the rest that Juventus can indeed be caught.

Nevertheless, it is the Turin club who are the clear favourites to win the title yet again. You can back Juventus to top the table come the end of the campaign at a price of just 1.40, according to the Oddsshark site.

The Old Lady kick off their domestic season away to Chievo, who could only muster a 13th placed finish last season. It is therefore of little surprise that it is the visitors who are the red hot favourites to make a winning start to the season at just 1.25, with Chievo all the way out at 12.00 to register a shock opening day win.

However, understandably, a lot of the pre-season attention has been on the new arrival of Ronaldo and the goals he is expected to add to the champions, a side who netted at a rate comfortably over two goals per game last time out. You can double your money by backing the Portuguese ace to score over 29.5 goals at 2.00, while under 29.5 goals for the 33-year-old comes in slightly shorter at 1.72.

Meanwhile, you can close to triple your money if Ronaldo nets between 30 and 34 goals, with the forward priced at just 2.87 to do so. He is also the favourite to finish the season as the league’s top scorer at a price of just 1.61.

One side which will have high hopes of challenging Juventus will be past season’s runners up, Napoli. The club from the south finished with a huge 91 points in the previous campaign, but it was still not enough to claim top spot.

Carlo Ancelotti has since replaced Maurizio Sarri as coach, and as a man who has been there, done that and bought the proverbial T-shirt, the club and their fans can remain hopeful ahead of the season. Napoli are at 8.00 to win their first Serie A title in over two decades.

Just like Napoli, AS Roma are at 8.00 to get their hands on the Serie A crown. The club from the Italian club start the season with a potential banana skin away to Torino, who defied expectations to finish in ninth place last season.

Nevertheless, it is Roma who come into the game as the favourites to take all three points, and you can more than double your money by backing them to do so at 2.10. Meanwhile, you could potentially more than triple your investment by backing Torino at 3.30, with a draw priced higher at 3.50.

And back amongst the big boys after a brief hiatus is Inter Milan. The 2010 Champions League winners had disappeared from view in recent seasons, but a strong showing in the summer transfer window has catapulted the club to the forefront if the title race.

Inter are another club at 8.00 to win the title despite only managing to finish fourth in May. Much of their form will depend on Argentine forward Mauro Icardi, who is at just 7.00 to finish the season as the league’s top scorer – only a certain Cristiano Ronaldo is at a shorter price.

The Milan club start the season away to Sassuolo and, at 1.72, are the favourites to take all three points. The home side are at the far higher price of 4.75 to make a winning start to the campaign.

Odds to win Serie A:

Juventus (1.40)
Napoli (8.00)
Roma (8.00)
Inter Milan (8.00)