This week, we witnessed the return of club football in Germany, Spain and England. The same is about to happen in Italy this weekend as action returns in both the Serie A and Serie B.
Napoli’s Coppa Italia win over Juventus gave us a glimpse of what’s to come when proceedings resume in both Italy’s first and second tier club football competitions. With teams playing football for the first time in 100 days, what’s there to expect? More importantly, which teams will you be rooting for?
The title race is far from being decided yet in the Italy’s top-flight club football competition. With 10 games remaining in the regular season (Inter Milan and Atalanta have 11), there are three teams still in with a shout to win the league:
- Inter Milan
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Of the trio, Lazio have scored the most goals (although they’ve scored 10 less goals than Atalanta’s 70 goals). They have also conceded one less goal than both Juve and Inter. When they return to action (against Lazio), they will certainly be a side to look out for.
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At the bottom of the table Brescia and Spal seem doomed for relegation. However, Lecce, with 25 points, will try to battle their way out of the zone, competing with the likes of Fiorentina, Udinese, Torino, Sampdoria and Genoa, sides that are still dangerously close to the relegation zone.
Benevento, the league leaders, opened up a 20-point lead before the break. So, it’s safe to say they’re well on their way to win the league.
In the last 20 games before the break, only two games finished without a winner.
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However, there’s still plenty to play for when considering the battle for, the automatic qualification spot, the Promotion Play-offs and the race to avoid the Relegation Play-offs.
As things stand, eight teams still have a chance of finishing the season in a playoff spot. From Crotone, in second place, with 49 points, to Empoli, in ninth, with 40 points, a lot can still happen when the league resumes, in full, this weekend.
Moving further down the table, it’s much closer than can be predicted, with as many as nine teams will be involved in the contest to avoid the Relegation Play-offs.
The season of Italian football is back. And there are more-than-enough games available to bet on. But, which team will your money be on when these leagues resume? Drop your comments below and share your thoughts with us.