There’s no better way to put the holiday break to good use than to have a look at the 2022/23 Serie A season so far. Napoli, Milan, Juventus and Lazio are the top performers of the campaign thus far, but what will the future hold for these high-fliers?
The departures of Lorenzo Insigne, Dries Mertens, Fabian Ruiz and Kalidou Koulibaly only seemed to bolster the Partenopei’s collective synergy. With a staggering 13 wins and two draws from 15 games, it is safe to say that Napoli has surpassed all expectations, and then some. With eight points over AC Milan and a better head-to-head record, Luciano Spalletti’s Napoli is set to break records.
Napoli to win the 2022/23 Serie A campaign is priced at 4/9 (1.45).
Napoli’s return to a football pitch will happen on January 4 against Inter—a stern test to tackle after the World Cup and holiday break. Nevertheless, with a sensational Victor Osimhen—who scored nine goals in 11 games—Napoli can be confident to hit the ground running.
Although AC Milan only has two points less than last season at this point in the season, something is definitely missing. This summer’s signings still haven’t borne fruit, including the enigmatic Charles De Ketelaere and the injury-prone Divock Origi. Together with Sergino Dest and other young prospects, Stefano Pioli will have to turn water into wine once again.
AC Milan to successfully defend its reign as the Serie A champion is priced at 5 (6.00).
Up against Salernitana on January 4, Pioli will be looking to retrieve some familiar faces that have long been lost to injury, including but not limited to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Davide Calabria and Mike Maignan. With enough firepower and the right attitude, perhaps a comeback to clinch the title can happen once again.
A disastrous start to the season was somehow rectified by Massimiliano Allegri, who faced backlash from both Juventus fans and upper management alike. A monumental Adrien Rabiot, Moise Kean and Arkadiusz Milik were the orchestrators of what looks like a comeback by the Vecchia Signora, even if the club’s on-the-pitch troubles seemed to be an omen for latent disaster. On November 28, Juventus’ entire board of directors resigned as a result of false accounting allegations.
Juventus to go all the way and win the title is priced at 13/2 (7.50).
The Bianconeri’s fate is still up in the air. With nine points away from Napoli and over 20 games to go, Juventus can still salvage something. A convincing 2-0 win over Inter before the World Cup was a warning signal to other Serie A title-contenders. Juventus’ first test in 2023 will be against a lowly Cremonese. Can Milik fire Juventus back on track to return to glory?
A stuttering end to the first half of the season shouldn’t take away from Lazio’s stellar performance so far. With 30 points in fourth place is none other than Maurizio Sarri’s Lazio, who played some of the most attractive football in the Serie A. A 3-0 loss to Juventus and a 1-0 loss to Feyenoord in the Europa League—the latter condemning Lazio to the Conference League—should make Sarri mindful of his team’s limits.
We are pricing Ciro Immobile to become the league’s top goalscorer at 6 (7.00).
A trip to Lecce is what awaits Lazio’s men, who will be looking to fend off the likes of Inter, Atalanta and Roma for a top-four spot. With Immobile back from injury, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Felipe Anderson, Lazio can be sure to pack a good punch and tussle for that elusive Champions League qualification.
*Odds subject to change. Odds correct at time of publishing