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Juventus has Dominated Serie A for the Last Eight Seasons – But This Year Will be a Tighter Affair

Juventus have been the powerhouse of Serie A for the past eight seasons, ever since the 2011-12 campaign. In that space of time, the Old Lady have only lost 27 games in the division, and have never fallen to more than five defeats in a single campaign. This time out, Maurizio Sarri’s charges have only slipped up once after 15 games, highlighting their continued prowess. However, the other teams around them, including Inter Milan and Lazio, have been putting in some excellent performances as well. This season is destined to be a close title race.

During Juve’s dominance of the Italian top-flight over the best part of a decade, the closest contenders for the title have been Napoli and Roma. I Partenopei put up the best fight in the 2017-18 campaign when they finished four points behind the winners, but in other seasons the gap has been much wider. This predictability of the division may have put some viewers off, but this term has proven to be a source of excitement and intrigue.

Since including Serie A betting a couple of years ago, BetzCenter’s Serie A statistics and predictions have been as successful as Juventus. The betting site’s odds are currently favouring Juventus (7/10) and Roma (29/20) to win away at Sampdoria and Fiorentina respectively, and you’d expect them to be on the money.

During Juve’s supremacy in Serie A, Internazionale have endured a long period of mediocrity. Since their second-place finish in 2010-11, the Nerazzurri have never finished higher than fourth. But that looks set to change this season. Antonio Conte was appointed as head coach in the summer, and the former Chelsea manager made some shrewd acquisitions in the summer transfer window. Romelu Lukaku instantly enjoyed an upturn in form after leaving Manchester United, and scored nine goals in his first eleven league games.

Conte has managed to get the best out of Lautaro Martinez as well, with the Argentinian grabbing eight goals and an assist in the first fifteen of the campaign. It is perhaps Conte’s pedigree as a manager, though, which is helping to fuel the belief that Juve could be toppled from their perch. The former Juventus boss has won the Italian top flight on three occasions, and also won the Premier League during his time with Chelsea. He is known for keeping it tight at the back, and Inter now have the best defence in the league with only 13 goals conceded in the first 15 matches.

The main concern for Sarri at Juve is the fact that Cristiano Ronaldo has reduced his usual prolific output. This time out, the former Real Madrid man has only scored a goal every 149 minutes. Last season, the 34-year-old found the back of the net on 21 occasions. This is nowhere near his past numbers, and there are fears he could be slowing down.

Sarri has a lot of experience in the division and was the Serie A Coach of the Year in 2016-17. But he has never picked up a league title in all his years of coaching, and this may come back to bite Juventus.