Recent Serie A victor, Juventus, holds the record for most points ever accumulated in a major European league, with 102 points overall. Their 17 point margin over the second place side speak for themselves. What, then, are the chances of them repeating that same result next season?
The markets are certainly confident, making Juve firm favourites with a best price of 1.85 with sportsbook Bwin. However, not all is rosy in Turin. Manager Antonio Conte is refusing to sign his new contract, and whilst it is hard to envisage a situation where a deal doesn’t get done between the two sides, Conte is not known as the compromising sort, and an enforced change of leadership could see the 2014-2015 campaign being an awful lot closer than this one.
For that reason, it would be better to wait and see what Conte does before backing Juve with your soccer picks.
What of the rest of the field? Roma finished second, and although the points gap to the winner looks huge, they pretty much gave up on the season with three games to go, being both unable to take the title, and unable to be displaced from the runner up spot. They, and Napoli, were always in the top four, and should be strong contenders next time around. They are priced at 5.5 and 6.5 respectively with Bwin.
The real surprise this season was the weak performance of the two Milan sides. Inter finished 42 points back in fifth, whilst AC were three points back in eighth. Both are currently priced at 15.0 across the board, and whilst that looks a bit generous on this season’s form, it would be an even bigger shock if the pair of them were as comparatively weak by August.