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 2018-19 Season Betting
The monumental bit of news heading into the 2018-19 Serie A season is the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus. The global icon chose to leave Real Madrid after winning three consecutive Champions Leagues and he arrives in Turin with expectation to achieve the same feat with the Italian champions. Certainly there will have been plenty of free bets cashed in on Ronaldo finishing the 2018-19 season as the Serie A top scorer.
Unsurprisingly Juventus go into the season as the clear favourites to win the title having won the last seven and having added arguably the finest player on the planet to their ranks. The Turin giants were pushed hard by Napoli in 2017-18, but it would take a monumental effort for anyone to rein them in now they have CR7 to call upon. Napoli are the side most likely to challenge them, whilst the usual suspects of the Milan sides, Lazio and Roma will be trying to keep pace.
Juventus Extend Lead to 11 Points
The weekend was another successful one for league leaders Juventus. They had drawn their last game 3-3 with Parma but returned to winning ways with a 3-0 win at Sassuolo on February 10. They extended their lead at the top to 11 points as Napoli could only draw 0-0 at Fiorentina.
Napoli were the only team in the top eight who didn't win. Inter won 1-0 at Parma to close the gap between themselves and Napoli to nne points. AC Milan are fourth in the table, they beat Cagliairi 3-0 at home at the weekend and are four points behind their neighbours.
The next set of fixtures see Juventus host relegation-threatened Frosinone on Friday. Napoli bid to get back in winning ways with a home victory over eighth-placed Torino. Fifth-placed Atlanta can move into the Champions League places with a home win over AC Milan.
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
- W/O Juventus
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.
- Bologna (15)
- Empoli (Promoted from Serie B)
Frosinone (Promoted from Serie B)
- Genoa (12)
Juventus (1st in Serie A)
- Parma (Promoted from Serie B)
- SPAL (17)
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)
Serie A 2017-18 Season
Whilst it was more competitive than some recent seasons, the 2017-18 Serie A season finished just as the previous six had – with Juventus claiming the title. The Turin side looked a little vulnerable at the start of the season, and Napoli competed well over the campaign, but the Old Lady stood strong and finished top of the table by four points from the Neapolitans.
Those two sides were joined by Roma and Inter Milan in the Champions League places, whilst Lazio, AC Milan and Atalanta qualified for the Europa League. Lazio proved to be the most entertaining side of the season, scoring an outrageous 89 goals, the most in the division, despite only managing to finish fifth.
Benevento and Hellas Verona were relegated without much of a fight and Crotone joined them, ending the campaign three points adrift of safety.
Mauro Icardi of Inter and Ciro Immobile of Lazio shared the Top Scorer award with 29 goals each.
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