For many of UK based fans of Italian football, Serie A (The Italian Top Flight) will conjur up memories of its heyday in the 1990's. At the time it was undoubtably the best league in the world and it became hugely popular on British shores when Paul Gascoigne signed for Rome-based Lazio. The Italian top division sees passions run high as you would expect from a country as mad about football as Italy and Serie A can boast some truly huge names on the global football scale.
Whilst it may not be the force it once was, forget the talk of catenaccio and cliches of defensive football Serie A still boasts some top players and you can be sure that betting on Italian football is still hugely popular. Here at FREEbets.org.uk we give you the rundown of just what you may want to use your Serie A free bet on.
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Serie A 2017-18 Betting
The Serie A landscape looks to be far more competitive this year with as many as five teams looking competitive in the title race. Juventus may have won the last six consecutive titles but this season looks as though it could be a much tougher prospect. The Old Lady are still the bookmakers' favourites to emerge as Italian football's top dogs once again but there could be really value in backing against them this around.
Napoli look the most likely to break the Juventus domination and what a fine start the Neapolitans have made to the season. 12 games in, Napoli remain unbeaten with 10 wins and just two draws thus far. Maurizio Sarri's side have won plenty of admirers not only for their results but also their thrilling style of play, passing out from the back and scoring plenty of goals on their way. They haven't won the title since the days of Diego Maradona so they're desperate to end the wait but based on how things have started this season, the wait may not be that much longer.
Inter Milan have also looked resurgent this season with Luciano Spalletti have made an impressive impact during his first season in charge at the San Siro. The former Roma boss has overseen an unbeaten start to the season and sit in third place, just one point behind Juventus and two behind Napoli. With captain Mauro Icardi remaining as potent as ever up-front, Spalletti has moulded Inter in to a well heeled outfit with Icardi and also Ivan Perisic providing the cutting edge up-front. After a strong start to the season, Inter remain excellent value for the title especially when you consider they do not have the added burden of European football this season. They are widely available at a price of 16/1 so could definitely be worth an outside punt. Much was made pre-season of a renaissance from their cross city rivals but so far AC Milan have massively disappointed this season.
Whilst one of the Milan sides finds themselves flying high, both teams in Rome this season have looked impressive in the early stages. Both Lazio and Roma sit just outside the top three but with games in hand could level on points with Juventus and Inter should they win those games. Again both teams look huge value in comparison to Juventus with Lazio in particular looking a completely different prospect this season. Their only defeat so far has come against Napoli but going forward, Simone Inzaghi's side have been thrilling. Ciro Immobile has started the season on fire with 14 goals in 11 games and if he can sustain that form over the course of the season, Lazio could find themselves firmly in the title shake-up come the end of the season.
How do I claim my Serie A free bet?
When you have decided on your chosen bookmaker, click on any of the links or banners on the FREEbets.org.uk website to head to your site of choice. Then simply go through the registration process to set up your new account before making your initial deposit (if required)
Now it's time to place your bet and once you've made your first punt and all has been settled, then you should have your Serie A free bet all ready to use.
Your Serie A free bet can be used on a whole host of options. From backing Roma in the Derby della Capitale to having a wager on Juventus to win yet another title, the choice is yours!
What are the popular Serie A betting markets?
Betting on Serie A as with all of the major European football leagues in recent years has become incredibly popular. Due to the increase in tv coverage as well as the explosion of social media coverage in recent years, punters are now more switched on than ever when it comes to leagues away from just the good old English Premier League.
Serie A betting markets are much like those from any other domestic league. From the start of the season ante post betting to a host of options on games from week-to-week, there is always something you can bet on in Italian football, so use your free bets wisely!
Serie A betting options include:
Top 3 finish
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Which teams should I bet on in Serie A?
Juventus are the dominant force in Italian football and have won each of the last six Serie A titles. They have a total of 33 Italian top flight titles which make the Turin based side the most successful side in Italy by some distance. Their recent record means that Juve go in to each new Serie A season as the odds-on favourite for the title.
The closest challengers to the Bianconeri's standing as Italy's biggest club are the Milan clubs. Milan (Or AC Milan as they are most commonly but incorrectly known as) have 18 titles as do their city rivals Internazionale (better known as Inter Milan). The Milanese duo have fallen on relative hard times in recent years and neither have looked like adding to their title haul as Juventus run away with things. Milan's league positions since the 2013-14 season make for very bleak reading for their fans with finishes of 8th, 10th, 7th and 6th. It hasn't been much better across the city either with Inter without a top three finish since 2011. However both club's have welcomed on board big foreign investors in the past few seasons and the new owners have not been afraid to spend big in order to attempt to restore the glory days in the city. Both teams should be stronger this season, in particular Milan who have made some really smart signings and look to be going places under Vincenzo Montella.
The Milan clubs recent league records have meant that Roma and Napoli have become the biggest threat to Juventus in the title race. Roma have lost Luciano Spalletti to Inter and their iconic captain Francesco Totti hung up his boots at the end of last season. They have brought in Eusebio Di Francesco, who worked wonders at Sassuolo but after losing Mohamed Salah to Liverpool, could they really go one better and win the title this time around?
Who are the current Serie A teams?
Below is each of the 20 teams competing in the 2017/18 Serie A season, with the positions they finished last season in brackets.
- Benevento (Serie B Play-Off Winners)
Chievo (14th in Serie A)
- Crotone (17th)
- Hellas Verona (Serie B Runners-Up)
Juventus (1st in Serie A)
- SPAL (Serie B Champions)
Serie A facts and figures
Most apperances: Paulo Maldini (Milan 1985-2009) 647
All-time leading goalscorer: Silvio Piola (Pro Vercelli, Lazio, Juventus, Novara) 274
- Most goals in a single season: 36 - Gino Rossetti Torino (1928-29) and Gonzalo Higuain Napoli (2015-16)
Most expensive Serie A transfer: Gonzalo Higuain £75.3 million (Napoli to Juventus) 2016
Youngest Player: Amadeo Amadei (Roma) 15 years, 280 days (2nd May 1937)
Oldest Player: Marco Ballotta (Lazio) 44 years, 38 days (Last game 11 May 2008)
Longest streak without conceding a goal: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) 973 minutes (2015-2016 season)
- Most consecutive wins: Internazionale 17 (2006-2007 season)
- Longest unbeaten streak: Milan 58 games (26th May 1991-21st March 1993)
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