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Juventus won the Serie A crown for the seventh year in a row last season, continuing their dominance of Italian football. Napoli did press them throughout the campaign, but Massimiliano Allegri’s men were able to edge out their rivals to claim the title for the 34th time in their history.
The rest of the Serie A have been struggling in the wake of I Bianconeri and their hopes of closing the gap were all but ended when the club announced the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid. The Portuguese has been the leading marksman in European football over the last ten years, boosting Juve’s already potent attack in the final third.
It has proven to be the case already in the term that Ronaldo’s arrival has made Allegri’s men almost unbeatable, although it did take a little while for him to get off the mark. The 33-year-old endured a drought of three matches in Serie A before notching a match-winning brace against Sassuolo. Ronaldo has notched four goals in his eight appearances in the league thus far, with Juventus boasting a flawless start to the term. I Bianconeri’s dominance is reflected in the Serie A betting odds at 1/6 to win the title for an eighth season in a row.
Given the imperious nature of their form, it’s difficult to see anyone catching Allegri’s side at the top of the table. Their lead is already six points over Napoli, having beaten Carlo Ancelotti’s men in their clash on home soil in September. Dries Mertens did put the Gli Azzurri ahead, but the dismissal of Mario Rui changed the contest completely, allowing Juve to storm back to claim the three points through a Mario Mandzukic brace and a goal from Leonardo Bonucci.
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The pressure is now on Napoli to make up the difference, although it already seems beyond them even after eight matches. Inter Milan, Lazio and Roma are the other sides that boast quality in Serie A. They’re already well off the pace and will not have the consistency to match Juve over the course of the term if their recent history is anything to go by in the division. Juventus’ depth in talent gives them an advantage over every team in the league, while Ronaldo’s presence guarantees a goal almost every game. With that additional factor, Allegri’s men will not just be looking at the crown, but remaining unbeaten throughout the term.
Juventus did go unbeaten in the first of their seven title wins under the tenure of Antonio Conte. In the 2011/12 season, they won 23 matches and drew 15 times, edging out AC Milan by four points. They were an effective team rather than a brilliant one, scoring 68 goals and conceding only 20. Allegri’s current side has the ability to break three figures in the scoring charts with Ronaldo, Mandzukic and Paulo Dybala in the final third. With Juan Cuadrado, Miralem Pjanic and Douglas Costa supplying the ammunition, there should be goals aplenty. It raises the possibility that Juventus could simply outscore all of their opponents, perhaps winning all 38 matches of their campaign.