2022/23 Italian League
With last season seeing Milan win a first Italian league crown in over a decade, there was certainly cause for celebration in the red and black half of the city.
Although the Italian League has housed only a few Finnish internationals over the years, it is still a popular competition in the land of the Eremenko brothers and with Roman playing for both Udinese and Siena, his elder sibling Alexei would ply his trade for Lecce between 2004 and 2006.
While with the two sons of Alexei Eremenko Sr
blazing a path in the Italian league, it has also allowed the likes of Niklas Pyyhtiä
to also play in the competition and after previously playing in the Veikkausliiga with Honka, he now represents Bologna and the Finnish Under 21 national team.
Of course, it is not just Finnish interest that makes this competition so appealing to sports bettors all over the world, it also the passion that is displayed by players and supporters alike on a near weekly basis.
Because although Serie A has been overtaken by the likes of the Premier League and La Liga in terms of stature, it is still a competition that is home to the likes of Juventus and the San Siro pair of Inter and Milan.
Add the likes of Lazio and Roma from the Italian capital and perennial upstarts such as Napoil and Atalanta into the mix and the recipe that makes Serie A one of football’s most interesting dishes, is one that is there for all to see.
Not to forget that there is always a rather competitive relegation battle to digest each season and with drama unfolding at both ends of the Italian League table, it is enough to keep keen bettors interested from the start of the campaign and right through to the very end.
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Italian League schedule
With the World Cup being held in a European winter for the first time ever, it means domestic leagues across the continent will have to slightly amend their schedule and Serie A have combatted this with a later finish than usual.
Because with the first week of June usually being earmarked for the Champions League final, it has now been freed up for domestic seasons to conclude and this means the upcoming Serie A match schedule will finish on June 4th of 2023.
While the Italian League matches will once again be contested in a double round robin format and this means that each of the 20 teams involved will play a total of 38 fixtures, with the opening day of proceedings taking place on August 13th of this year.
When it comes to the top teams within the confines of Serie A, there is arguably one team that is truly synonymous with the competition and with the Old Lady of Turin singing loudest in the past decade, it is Juventus who have been the most dominant force of the past decade.
With nine successive Serie A titles being captured between 2012 and 2020, Juventus were a class apart from their Italian counterparts and although they fell short on the European stage, they more than made up for it back home.
However, the baton of power has since moved from Turin to Milan and with both Inter and AC Milan each winning an edition of the Italian League in the past two years, there is something of a powershift taking place within Serie A.
Because where Juventus ruled with a world-class talent, they are now going through something of a transitional period and because of this, it has allowed the two San Siro outfits to snatch supremacy for themselves.
Then again, these three are not the only superpowers at the top of the Serie A league table and with Napoli always threatening to return to the glory days of Diego Maradona
more than 30 years ago, they will hope that 2022/23 finally sees them back at the top of the standings.
If that is the case, then they will also look to keep the Roman pair of Lazio and Roma at bay and although neither have won the league in more than 20 years, the latter did at least secure the first ever edition of the Europa Conference League last season.
Top players and managers
When it comes to the top players within Serie A, it is strikers who are unsurprisingly worth their weight in goals and with Serbian international Dusan Vlahovic
making the switch from Fiorentina to Juventus at the start of the year, he will now look to start a new campaign with his current employers.
Because with four months with Juventus now under his belt, he will have had ample time to bed in with his then new teammates and after showing promising signs in the second half of the previous Serie A campaign, he and the Turin outfit will want to be quick out of the blocks in August.
While Vlahovic is not the only forward who strikes fear into Serie A defenders and with Lautaro Martinez
once again supplying the goals for Inter, his current employers may well have a challenge on their hands.
A challenge that comes in the shape of keeping the Argentine forward at the San Siro and with the player being previously linked with a move to Tottenham of the English Premier League, a change of club may still happen before the summer transfer window closes.
If that does prove to be the case, then it will only weaken Inter’s bid to top the Italian league standings and perhaps strengthen Milan’s at the same time – especially with Portuguese winger Rafael Leao
being still among their ranks.
The 23-year-old was one of Milan’s shining lights last season and with him playing such a large part in their eventual league success, he is also starting to establish himself in the Portuguese national team.
Who will win …
As for who will win the next edition of Serie A, a lot will depend on whether the favourites can keep hold of their key names before the end of the current transfer window and perhaps more importantly, bring in new additions at the same time.
Which means Inter’s bid to win the league could go one of either two ways and with talk of a return for Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku
, this could provide the attacking impetus that they missed during the previous season.
Of course, with Milan going onto pip their San Siro neighbours last time around, they cannot be overlooked either and Stefano Pioli’s
men will be confident of winning back-to-back Italian league titles by next June.
Then again, one cannot ignore Juventus from this conversation either and with the Turin outfit now having missed out on league honours in the past two seasons, they are more than ready to launch a title bid in 2022/23.