Serie A Tips
Italy may not be in its mid-90s heyday, but Serie A is still one of the top leagues in the world. Although match-fixing scandals have rocked some of its bigger teams in recent years, Italian clubs remain the second most successful in Europe's elite club competition, and have provided the players for four FIFA World Cup wins.
In the last couple of seasons, clubs from outside the traditional elite have come into the reckoning and gained Champions League qualification. Udinese are a small side run on a successful business model of scouting talented young players from all over the world and selling them on for big profits. Napoli are a club with more history and tradition, but have found themselves on the up, and challenging the traditional heavyweights of Juventus, Milan, Internazionale and Lazio.
From a betting point of view, things get interesting towards the end of the season when supposedly 'arranged' draws can mean games kicking-off with quite extraordinary prices, particularly in the second tier.
Serie A Champions
The Serie A has consisted of 20 teams since 2004. From 1988 to 2004 18 clubs competed at the elite level of Italian football. The Serie A championship is reffered to as the scudetto with Juventus being the most successful club with 30 titles, followed by AC Milan with 18, Inter Milan with 16 and Genoa with 9.
Clubs in Serie A compete not only for the scudetto itself, but also for the highly valued prize of qualification for either the Champions League or the Europa League. The top 3 clubs at the end of the season earn a place in the following season's Champions League, with the top 2 gaining automatic entry to the group stage.
The clubs finishing in 4th and 5th earn entry to the Europa League.
Relegation and Promotion
The clubs finishing in the bottom three positions on the table at the conclusion of the 38 match season, are relegated back to the 2nd tier of Italian football, Serie B. At the same time, the top two clubs from Serie A are granted automatic promotion to Serie A while a third wins promotion via a playoff series between clubs positioned third to sixth.
Serie A Stats
Over the last 5 Serie A seasons:
- Home clubs have won 47.6% of games, with away clubs winning 25.2% and matches resulting in a draw the remaining 27.2%.
- Matches have ended over 2.5 goals 46.6% of the time.
- Home teams score first 54.2% of the time, with away clubs scoring first 37.6% and the match ending without a score 8.2%.
- Both teams scored 50.9% of the time with home clubs held scoreless 22.2% of the time and away clubs held scoreless 35.1%.
- When the home team led at halftime, they won 79.8% of matches while when the home team led at halftime they won 61.0%.
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