Is Stefano Pioli feeling the pressure at AC Milan after Scudetto success?

By Oliver Fisher -

Stefano Pioli is the manager of Serie A side AC Milan who are currently sitting in second place behind league leaders Napoli. The Italian giants are also through to the final 16 stage of the UEFA Champions League, so you could say they are doing pretty well.

However, after a few recent draws and losses since top-flight domestic football returned after the FIFA 2023 World Cup in Qatar, some say his time as manager is under threat. Find out more right here.

Can Milan still win the league with Pioli?

To find out just how likely it is that A.C. Milan can win the current 2022/23 Serie A campaign, the best thing to do would be to see what today’s most trusted online bookies are saying.
For example, right now at sites like Milan are currently the second favourite to win the league behind Napoli.

A closer look at the odds

Let’s take a look at the odds you could get right now if you were to place a wager on a Serie A team to win the league outright:
Napoli are the current odds-on favourites to win the league outright.

In American/moneyline odds, they are priced at -650, which is the same as saying 1.15 in European decimal odds, and 2/13 in UK fractional odds. These odds also mean that Napoli have a whopping 86.70% implied probability rate of winning Serie A this year, which is also what most people expect to happen

Milan are the second odds-on favourite to win the league outright. In American/moneyline odds, they are priced at 700, which is 8.00 in European decimal odds and 7/1 in UK fractional odds. The Rossoneri, despite being second in the league, only have a 12.5% implied probability rate of winning the league

Honourable mentions

You then have rivals Inter at 1,100 (11/1, or 12.00), with an 8.30% chance of winning, Juventus at 3,000 (30/1, or 21.00), with only a 3.20% chance of winning, and Roma at 5,000 (50/1 or 51.00), with only a 2.00% chance of winning. In other words, a safe bet would be to put a wager on Napoli to win the league.
What about the Champions League?

The odds of Milan winning the UEFA Champions League are a lot worse than their odds of winning Serie A. For example, they are currently only the 11th odds-on favourite team (out of the remaining 16 teams left in the tournament).

They are priced at 5,000 (50/1 or 51.00), with only a 2.00% chance of winning. In comparison the favourites to win the EPL title – Manchester City – are currently priced at 180 (9/5, or 2.80), with a 35.70% chance of winning.

Final note

If Milan crash out of the Champions League and fails to secure a Champions League spot for next year by not finishing in the top four of Serie A at the end of the season, Pioli will likely lose his job.

However, for the time being, it looks as though he will keep his job. They play against Tottenham Hotspur in their first game back when the tournament gets underway again on February 14th.

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