Serie A without Juventus betting: AC Milan odds appeal after early recruitment
FootyOn look at the Serie A without Juventus betting and why AC Milan odds are tasty after their new owners make several statement signings.
After a few seasons in the Italian football wilderness, AC Milan have been taken over and have European football back at the San Siro for this coming campaign.
The Rossoneri’s new Chinese owners have wasted no time investing in Vincenzo Montella’s squad, spending over a reported €80,000,000 on four new faces.
Latest press reports suggest Milan will continue this summer recruitment drive, with Turkey attacking midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu and Sunderland forward Fabio Borini linked.
While the latter may be a more modest buy, any capture of Bayer Leverkusen attacker Calhanoglu is expected to take Rossoneri spending over €100,000,000 mark.
This is a serious statement of intent from the owners, so AC Milan odds of 6/1 with betway in the Serie A without Juventus betting look superb.
Here are more detailed reasons why this punt is so tempting…
Rodriguez raid on Die Wolfe an absolute steal
Adding extra quality in defence was a clear priority for the Rossoneri and the €17,000,000 buy of Switzerland left back Ricardo Rodriguez may turn out to be a bargain.
Also taking a mean penalty for Wolfsburg, he is a very attacking outlet who now moves to a league that has had some of the best wing back types ever in it.
While critics will ask how much Rodriguez offers going the other way, the support dominant Serie A champions Juventus receive in similar areas for the likes of Dani Alves, Alex Sandro, Patrice Evra and compatriot Stephan Lichtsteiner in this regard has been a huge help.
Had Wolfsburg not been at such a low ebb after a near-disastrous campaign, in which they had to win a play-off to preserve Bundesliga status, then Rodriguez would surely have commanded a higher fee.
Musacchio move strengthens spine
Many arguments about AC Milan’s decline highlight how the spine of Carlo Ancelotti’s side was never adequately replaced.
It is to be hoped, then, after plenty of false dawns and selling key performers since those days – like Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic – that additions at centre back and in the engine room improve the team.
Mateo Musacchio, playing for plucky and unfashionable La Liga overachievers Villarreal, would seldom get recognition by Argentina at international level, despite contributing to 50 clean sheets in 150 top-flight games.
That may all change now he’s swapped the Yellow Submarine for the San Siro, though, so expect him to add to his six caps.
Musacchio does pick up injuries, but someone willing to put themselves about should be popular with Milan ultras.
Kessie capture a coup because of competition
Franck Kessie, meanwhile, was a standout performer in an underdog outfit closer to Milan in Atalanta.
Premier League clubs, who have been home to the greatest Ivory Coast internationals, were chasing this influential and emerging deep-lying midfielder.
Yet young Kessie has chosen to remain in Serie A and is only on loan with the Rossoneri – an arrangement they are understood to have paid €8,000,000 for.
This engine room operator is definitely one to watch on a bigger stage.
As they’re playing in the Europa League this term, AC Milan odds of a best-price 14/1 with Sky Bet to win it are also worth considering.
Andre Silva an under the radar signing
Big money moves for rangy Real Madrid marksman and former Juventus frontman Alvaro Morata or domestic alternative from Torino, Andrea Belotti, had been mooted to rejuvenate the Rossoneri up front.
Purchasing Porto forward Andre Silva for a reported €38,000,000 is a less high-profile move by the owners.
That does not mean, however, Milan are settling for second best.
His partnership at international level with Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo is already getting rave reviews.
Silva will have to step up to Serie A, but compatriot Rui Costa was simply sublime first for Fiorentina and then the Rossoneri as part of Ancelotti’s awesome squad.
Additions give Montella tactical options
Although head coach Montella has seldom deviated from playing a 4-3-3 during his tenure at Milan so far, ‘the Little Aeroplane’ may have some tactical flexibility with these additions.
New boy Rodriguez, Mattia De Sciglio and Ignazio Abate are all capable of playing as wing backs, for example.
In midfield, could we see a return to the midfield diamond or Christmas tree formations that served Ancelotti so well?
There is a distinct absence of wide attackers on the Rossoneri’s books at the moment, so these are options which could be explored.
Musacchio paired with Alessio Romagnoli at centre back, Kessie in midfield and Calhanoglu off a front two of Silva and Carlos Bacca has a much stronger look to it.
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