Around Europe clubs are settling into their last few friendlies before the domestic season kicks off, and Sportsbet are offering early odds as to which sides will be crowned champions of their nation including the 2010-11 Serie A.
This year marks the 79th season of the elite tier of Italian football and will be played by 20 teams – 17 returning from last season and three promoted from Serie B – Lecce, Cesena and Brescia.
Inter Milan are the defending champions, and are favourites to claim the title once again at short odds of $2.10 with Ladbrokes.com.au.
The 2008-09 UEFA Champions League winner see pivotal midfielder Mancini return from his loan at Milan adding to the dominant Inter force.
Roma, A.C. Milan and Juventus are next in the odds – all equal at $5.
Roma finished second in the season last year, just two points behind Inter, and could be strong contenders for the title this season for punters looking for a more lucrative odd.
Ending the season in third place last year A.C. Milan have always been contenders for the title, however losing Mancini could be a blow to the hopefuls.
It is surprising to see Juventus so high in the odds considering they ended the 2008-09 Serie A seventh on the ladder, and have not added any high profile players to the squad to see their season improving this year.
The odds then drop out to $34 for Fiorentina to grab the title, and seeing as they finished 11th last season, it seems most productive to stick to the favourites – as they will certainly be the ones to deliver.
However, for punters looking for a slightly long punt, backing Sampdoria at $51 could be the way to go as they finished fourth last season and certainly have a solid squad.
So if you want to make the most of these early markets, sign up with Ladbrokes.com.au today, it only takes a few minutes and then you are free to punt on any domestic soccer league going – even weekly fixtures when they kick off in just a few weeks!