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Who will win Serie A? Juventus favorites again in 2021-22


A new Serie A season begins on Saturday, August 21, and after having to watch a rival claim the title they held for nine consecutive seasons, Juventus will seek to regain their position as Italy’s best team by entering the campaign as the clear: favorite cut.

Italy’s winningest team is recovering virtually its entire squad from last season, but this time the players will be led by coach Massimiliano Allegri, who is back at the helm after a two-year hiatus. He will take over a team coming from a disappointing fourth place, 13 points behind eventual champion Inter Milan.

Many predict a difficult season for champion Inter, who lost his coach (Antonio Conte) and was forced to transfer his top scorer (Romelu Lukaku) and last season’s reveal (Achraf Hakimi) to balance the budget during the summer. Meanwhile, runner-up AC Milan have kept their squad and added a handful of reinforcements. Atalanta looks set to compete for a place in the top four again, while AS Roma, Lazio and Napoli hope that a manager change can transform them into serious contenders.

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How to watch Serie A in the USA

CBS is the exclusive broadcaster for Italian club soccer in the US, including Serie A, Coppa Italia (Italian Cup) and Supercoppa Italiana (Italian Super Cup). All matches will air on Paramount + with selected matches on CBS linear channels such as CBS Sports Network (CBSSN).

  • Dates: From August 21, 2021 to May 22, 2022
  • TV channels: CBS Sports Network (CBSSN)
  • Transmission: Paramount +

Serie A TV schedule and broadcasts for matchday 1

The season begins with three days of matches. Champion Inter Milan begins the title defense at home against a tough genius who will fight to avoid relegation. The 10-game slate concludes with AC Milan taking on the other Genoa-based team, Sampdoria, on Monday.

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Saturday August 21

Match Time (ET) TV channels Stream
Verona vs. Sassuolo 12:30 pm Paramount +
Inter Milan vs. Genoa 12:30 pm Paramount +
Empoli vs. Lazio 2:45 pm Paramount +
Turin vs. Atalanta 2:45 pm Paramount +

Sunday August 22

Match Time (ET) TV channels Stream
Udinese vs. Juventus 12:30 pm CBS Sports Network Paramount +
Bologna vs. Salerno 12:30 pm Paramount +
Naples vs. Venice 2:45 pm Paramount +
AS Roma vs. Fiorentina 2:45 pm Paramount +

Monday 23 August

Match Time (ET) TV channels Stream
Cagliari vs. spice 12:30 pm Paramount +
Sampdoria vs. AC Milan 12:30 pm Paramount +

Who will win Serie A? Future champions

Bookmakers say seven teams have a realistic case for calling themselves contenders this season, with Juventus above the rest:

Juventus restart: Despite the revenue shortfall imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Juventus successfully recruited the fledgling star of the Italian national team. Manuel Locatelli in a creative deal, and the bianconeri also locked up the Brazilian forward Kaio Jorge with a lower cost transfer fee. With superstar Cristiano Ronaldo (down) staying and Paulo dybala Eager to relaunch his career, this will be the usual ambitious Juventus on all fronts. Outside of Serie A, the club’s big dream will be to win the UEFA Champions League again after Allegri took it to two finals in three seasons (2015 and 2017), falling short both times.

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Milan clubs chasing the old woman: Inter Milan and AC Milan are expected to be Juventus’ main rivals in the title race. Their squads are stacked. Despite their notable exit from personnel, Inter added three solid starting-caliber players to the roster (Denzel Dumfries, Edin dzeko and Hakan calhanoglu), like AC Milan, who will have a new man as goalkeeper to succeed the Italian national team goalkeeper Gigi Donnarumma: the French Mike maignan. If not the title, qualification for the Champions League is the minimum expectation for both Milan teams.

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Can the Atalanta model continue to deliver results? The Bergamo club have continued to surprise with three consecutive third-place finals in Serie A. The formula is simple: sell precious assets and then reinvest the cash in exploration and player development for the next wave of elite players. It happened again during the summer with Tottenham claiming their starting goalkeeper (Pierluigi Gollini) and defender (Cristian Romero). If the replacements are up to the task, expect Atalanta to float back into those top three spots.

Rome all on fire: Both Roma clubs AS Roma and Lazio have new coaches who are now the face of their respective organizations. Jose Mourinho (Rome, below) and Maurizio Sarri (Lazio) lands in Rome with impressive resumes, fiery personalities and very different football brands. Whether or not either can elevate their club to compete with Juventus early on, the yardstick is sure to be the intra-urban rival in Year 1.

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Beware of Naples: Nobody talks about the Neapolitan club, which has been preparing quietly this summer with little transfer activity. The most prominent move was the hiring of a manager Luciano Spalletti, who returns to the coaching ranks after a two-year absence. If the veteran can push the right buttons and infuse new ideas and energy into the group, Napoli has a solid roster that can make a title run after failing to qualify for the Champions League in the last two seasons.

Team DraftKings FanDuel BetMGM Points Bet
Juventus -120 -115 -110 -130
Inter de Milan +350 +430 +350 +400
Atalanta +550 +470 +550 +600
Naples +1200 +1300 +1200 +1400
AC Milan +1400 +1600 +1200 +1200
AS Roma +1400 +1400 +1400 +1600
Lazio +3500 +2600 +2800 +3000
Sassuolo +15000 +10000 +25000 +15000
Fiorentina +25000 +10000 +15000 +20000
Udinese +50000 +10000 +100000 +30000
Bologna +50000 +10000 +75000 +30000
Sampdoria +50000 +10000 +25000 +30000
Verona +50000 +10000 +75000 +30000
Cagliari +80000 +10000 +75000 +50000
Torino +100000 +10000 +50000 +50000
Empoli +100000 +10000 +125000 +50000
spice +100000 +10000 +150000 +50000
Genoa +100000 +10000 +75000 +50000
Salerno +100000 +10000 +150000 +50000
Venice +100000 +10000 +200000 +50000
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