AC Milan snubbed by the bookmakers again – why that will suit them perfectly

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan are heading into what will be an intriguing and very important campaign in 2022-23 during which they will be asked to compete on multiple fronts.

During the 2021-22 campaign, Stefano Pioli’s side somewhat upset the odds by going all the way and ending the 11-year wait for the Scudetto. It was a three-horse race involving Milan, Inter and Napoli for most of the season but the latter than fell away.

Inter’s slip-up in their game in hand against Bologna in the final weeks of the season meant the Rossoneri had their destiny in their own hands and they took care of business, winning each of their last six games – conceding just twice in their final 11 Serie A matches too – to regain the title of Italian champions for the first time since 2010-11.

If you are feeling confident about the Diavolo heading into the new campaign then you can bet on AC Milan with bitcoin, but it does seem as though the bookmakers are not holding out any great hopes of a repeat.

The Rossoneri face a challenging upcoming season because the pressure will be on Stefano Pioli’s men to try and defend their league title like city rivals Inter failed to do last season while also going further in the Champions League and possibly targeting the Coppa Italia too.

At the moment, sites like CloudBet have Milan as the third-favourites to win the Scudetto in the upcoming campaign, behind their city rivals Inter (who are the overwhelming favourites) and even Juventus despite their struggles in the last two campaigns.

Nonetheless, Milan are still a fair bit more likely to win the league than Roma, Napoli and Atalanta when it comes to the odds, and the idea of not being favourites again will probably suit Pioli’s side right down to the ground.

Inter have strengthened with the return of Romelu Lukaku, but they could yet lose key pieces such as Milan Skriniar, Marcelo Brozovic or Denzel Dumfries which would probably have a big knock-on when it comes to the market. Moreover, they have struggled in preseason with their meaningful tests against Monaco (2-2 draw), RC Lens (1-0 loss), Lyon (2-2 draw) and Villarreal (4-2 loss) all failing to produce a win.

Juventus have also added names like Paul Pogba, Angel Di Maria and Gleison Bremer, but there are question marks about how Allegri will fare following last season’s difficulties, whether Pogba can stay fit, if Bremer can replace De Ligt, whether Chiesa will come back the same amid other issues.

The bottom line is that the idea of being third favourites heading into the new campaign will not deter nor will it phase Milan in any negative way. If anything, last season showed that it can fire them up more, and a few early wins might have the bookmakers scrambling.

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12 Comments

  1. I mean, that can’t be a surprise for anyone, why would they be favourites? UCL qualification from the league and progressing to the last 16 of the Champions’ League has to be the aim.

    1. And it’s always easier to play when others think they’re “not good enough”. Just extra motivation for the team. Better this way.

    1. Roma hav 0 depth. Too much hype and are relying injury prone Dybala and Zaniolo. They will fail in second part of the campaign. My thoughts. But the greater enthusiasm they have, could carry them far

    1. Pogba? He is no longer good and he is injured. By opting against surgery to keep WC hope, he risk becoming the next Umtiti.

  2. Why isnt anyone considering roma this year
    Seeing their latest squad, i think they will be competing for a top 3 finish

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