Juventus are bidding for their sixth consecutive Serie A title this season and the reigning champions have made a fantastic start to their campaign as they return from the international break four points clear of their nearest rivals Napoli in the table after seven games.
Despite losing Paul Pogba to Manchester United last summer for a world record transfer fee of £89 million, the Turin based club have continued to dominate Italian football. This time 12 months ago, Juve got off to a slow start which made the league more wide open going into the second half of the campaign. That is not the case this season as they have come out firing from the start making the 2-9 available in the Bet365 Serie A betting on the champions retaining their title look a good bet, even at those short odds.
Argentinean Gonzalo Higuain was Juve’s big summer signing and that move looks to be paying off already. Not only does it hurt Napoli, the club he scored 36 goals for last season, it makes the champions an even bigger threat in front of goal. Higuain has scored six goals in seven games so far and looks set to top the Serie A charts at the end of the campaign where he can be backed at 4/6. The South American was linked with a number of clubs during the summer but opted to remain in Italy by signing for Juventus.
Defensively Juve are just as solid as last season. 38-years old Gianluigi Buffon is still the most solid goalkeeper in Italian football and is showing no signs of age catching up with him. It helps that Gigi has the likes of Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci, Patrice Evra and Dani Alvez all playing in front of him, helping protect the goal.
After an impressive start domestically, Juve will also be hoping to fare well in the Champions League this season. They are already top of their group in the competition which includes Sevilla, Lyon and Dinamo Zagreb, who they beat 4-0 on the road recently. If they can hold onto that spot they will most likely benefit from an easier game in the knockout stages of the tournament early next year. Juve are available at 12/1 to lift the trophy which looks a tempting price on the Italian champions.
Napoli are rated second best at 15/2 in the Serie A betting for the 2016/17 season. They can’t afford too many more slip ups from now until the end of the campaign though. Maurizio Sarri’s side have to travel to Juventus later this month where they will be desperate not to lose otherwise their deficit could get much bigger, leaving them an uphill task if they are to stop Juve’s stronghold on the Serie A title.
Bookmakers are offering betting on the title without Juventus this season and Napoli are the 10-11 favourites in that market. Although they may struggle to catch the Turin club, they do have enough in their squad to finish second and qualify for the Champions League automatically once again.