Serie A Betting Guide
The Italian Serie A is one of the five biggest football leagues in Europe. We’re about to give you a quick lowdown on what the league is all about, who have been the dominant forces in it over the decades and some vital information about betting on Serie A. There’s no shortage of interest in Serie A betting, so we will have everything covered.
Sometimes it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what’s so special about Serie A. The English Premier League is identified with fast football and the physicality & speed of incredibly fit players. Over in La Liga is where you’d probably find the most technically gifted players playing the neatest football. Whereas over in the German Bundesliga, the league is famous for huge and passionate crowds.
So maybe it’s Serie A’s historic reputation for producing some of the best defenders. Maybe it’s the style and glamour of the Italian players with their cool haircuts and poetic sounding names. Whatever the reason may be, Serie A produces some of the best football action.
Serie A Betting: Outright Winner
Serie A betting had perhaps become a bit dull on the winner market for that period where Juventus weren’t giving anyone else a chance.
But that’s where the 2020-21 season was so important. There was a huge shift from Juve dominance to a well-deserved Inter Milan win.
And with it came the suggestion that Serie A betting is about to get far more unpredictable again. Having said that, Antonio Conte has decided to leave Inter Milan which has made it interesting.
All in all, it should make for some fascinating Serie A betting ahead of the 2020-21 season.
Remember you can do Serie A betting with Bitcoin at most of the major betting sites. That is of course, in addition to all the other more traditional depositing methods and more normal currencies you can play in.
Serie A Betting: Top Goalscorer
Here’s one of those Serie A betting markets that can be rewarding if you manage to get it right.
As it happens, the pre-tournament Serie A betting favourite for top goalscorer ahead of the 2020-21 season was Juve’s Cristiano Ronaldo. The man duly delivered. His 29 goals were more than enough to get the better of Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku’s 24 goals.
But that was the exception to the rule. Ronaldo had gone into each of his three seasons at Juve as the favourite. He, however, only managed to win it in his third season.
In fact, in the last eight seasons, the only players to have won it more than once were: Fabio Quagliarella who won it in 2013-14, then tied with Mauro Icardi in 2017-18 before winning it outright again in 2019-20. And Mauro Icardi himself, who twice tied for it: in 2014-15 and 2017-18.
In that period all of Luca Toni, Gonzalo Higuain, Edin Dzeko, Quagliarella and as we’ve seen already, Cristiano Ronaldo, also either won it outright or tied on the same number of goals.
So, as we say, this is one of Serie A betting’s most open markets. Pick a player with a good scoring record playing at a team who generally gets quite a few goals. You should be able to secure odds of at least 10.0.
At those betting odds for Serie A, you only need to get a couple of those right to be in profit.
Serie A Betting: Match markets
When it comes to Serie A betting on individual matches, the offering is the same. That means that on any given game, you could be looking at a selection of well over 100 different betting markets.
We’ll go through the main ones in due course. But here’s a selection of the best: match odds, over/under 3.5 goals, both teams to score, double chance, clean sheet, Asian handicap, anytime scorer, first goalscorer, correct score, half time/full time, corners betting, number of cards and whether there will be a sending off in the game.
Match odds/Double Chance
Inter Milan aside, the 2020-21 season was a very close one with just about everyone beating everyone else at one stage or another.
Those sorts of results provide excellent Serie A betting chances, especially for those who like to take on favourites, rather than those who like betting on them.
Juve were a case in point in 2020-21. Often available at pretty short odds to win just about every match based purely on reputation, they ended up winning ‘just’ 23 out of 38 with a lot of those other 15 matches giving those going against the favourite good chances to cash in.
Remember that a good alternative to the match odds market is the Double Chance market. So, if Juve are 1.9 to beat Atalanta and you think the Bianconeri won’t win, you can side with Atalanta and the draw on the double chance market, where you could expect to get odds of around 2.0.
Over/Under 2.5 goals
Back in the 80s and 90s Serie A had a reputation for being the most defensive league in just about the world. 0-0s were extremely common, 1-0 was the standard home win and 2-1 was considered just about a goal-fest!
But things have certainly changed. Here’s the percentage of matches in the 2020-21 season that went over 2.5 goals for the following teams. Atalanta (68%), Crotone (71%), Parma (68.4%) and Roma (63.2%).
So, for quite a few Serie A teams, football means goals and attack rather than reverting to the old school ‘catenaccio’ style where you try to score and then defend for your life once you do.
Serie A Past Winners: Juventus, the big bosses
Perhaps the only similarly major dominant force to Juventus in European domestic football across the top leagues is Bayern Munich.
Bayern have won an incredible 28 titles and considering the league has only been going since 1963, that’s just over half of them.
Juventus have won more titles than Bayern with 36 but then again Serie A has been going since 1929, meaning there have been far more chances to go out and grab domestic titles in Italy.
But that’s not to take anything away from Juventus. Their 36 wins are almost twice as many as Inter Milan (19) and exactly twice as many as AC Milan (18).
What makes it all so remarkable from Juve’s point of view is that this is one of the hardest leagues in the world to win. So, it’s even more credit to them that they’re so far ahead despite the high level of the competition.
Perhaps most impressive of all were their nine wins in a row between 2011-12 and 2019-20.
It’s a feat that is highly unlikely to ever be repeated in Serie A again. It is all the more remarkable for having been achieved with different managers at the helm.
In other words, things change at Juventus, but that winning mentality never goes away.
2020-21 Serie A season: Wind of change?
At the start of the 2020-21 season, Serie A odds unsurprisingly had Juventus as hot favourites to win. When most pundits were giving out their predictions before the season began, it was hard to look past them.
They’d won the previous nine and in addition to the barely human Cristiano Ronaldo, were deemed to have a typically strong squad full of options both on the pitch and on the bench.
The only problem was the coach. A brilliant player that he was at the likes of Inter and Milan, and particularly Juventus, this was Andrea Pirlo’s first coaching gig. Ever. And in the end, it all proved too much for poor Pirlo. The betting odds for Serie A offered on Juve at the start of the season proved to be way off the mark.
Not only did Juventus not win the league, but they also only managed to finish fourth.
Under the brilliant coach that is Antonio Conte, Inter Milan won the Serie A easily, racking up 91 points to finish ahead of AC Milan and Atalanta. Juventus were just fourth, a massive 13 points behind them.
Italy Serie A Betting Tips
As ever, the secret is to find these trends as regards which teams prefer high-scoring games and which tend to be involved in lower-scoring ones.
And finally, remember the golden rule to successful betting, whether that’s Serie A betting or anything else.
Always bet based on betting value. That means betting at odds that are favourable to you in light of the mathematical chances of something happening. As opposed to betting simply on what you think is going to happen. If you are interested in placing bets on Serie A, here are some of the best betting sites to choose from:
How to bet on Serie A?
Football betting in India has grown tremendously over the years. To place your bets on Serie A, here are the simple steps that you can follow:
Step 1: Create an account on a betting site. Check out the best betting sites in India before proceeding further.
Step 2: After you have created an account, head to the soccer/football section on the menu.
Step 3: You will see a number of betting markets available for a lot of different leagues. Scroll down to spot Serie A.
Step 4: Place a bet on the matches available or the outright season bets.