When Inter Milan defeated Juventus 3-1 last November, it brought to an end a 49 match unbeaten run for the Old Lady. Who would have thought Inter would end the season 33 points adrift – having failed to qualify for Europe for the first time in 14 years – as Juve strolled to the championship? With the manager now replaced by Walter Mazzarri, Thomas Shannon takes a look at the current Serie A betting odds for the title race next season along with an online game for fans of football nostalgia.
While Juventus had something of an easy run to retain their title, staying top of the Serie A table from the first day to the last, their defeat to Inter early in the season moved Andrea Stramaccioni’s team to within a point of the defending champions. Instead of challenging, it fell apart for the San Siro side.
Inter Milan endured a tough year, and when that happens it tends to be the boss who takes the blame. So it comes as little surprise that Andrea Stramaccioni was sacked as a direct result of this being the first year in the last 15 that Inter Milan failed to qualify for European competition. He has been replaced by Walter Mazzarri who for the last four years has enjoyed a successful career as manager of Napoli. The question on the breath of every Inter fan is whether or not their club will prosper better under Mazzarri than Stramaccioni and become serious contenders for the title they last won in 2010. So, should you bet on Inter Milan for next season or should you bide your time right now and wait until things settle down before you risk your money?
Inter finished the season in ninth place but were boosted with the news this week that veteran defender Javier Zanetti has signed a one-year contract extension at the club.
Currently the odds on Inter Milan winning the Serie A are 11/2, which makes them third favourites after Juventus and AC Milan which are priced at 10/11 and 10/4 respectively. It has to be said that 11/2 is a good price and a small speculative bet at this stage could be a good investment. It is interesting to see that Mazzarri’s previous club Napoli is priced similarly to Inter but read into that what you may. At the moment, odds have not been posted regarding Inter making it to the top three and Europe, so keep your eyes peeled for some interesting odds; anything better than evens is worth a bet.
Fans of football nostalgia can also while away the time between now and the new football season with the online casino game Shoot. Shoot is a football themed online slots game that is loosely based on the much-loved magazine of the same name. It is of particular interest to football fans who enjoy the history of their sport as told by the famous magazine that was first published in 1969 and many of the games symbols are famous players from the 1960s onwards. The game has several bonus features which involve choosing cards and Shoot magazine covers that reveal mystery prizes along with a free-spins bonus where you can win some serious cash.