Juventus, the dominant force in Serie A, have seen their odds to win a fourth consecutive calcio crown drift to 5/4 on account of the resignation of Antonio Conte, the man who oversaw the previous three triumphs.
His surprise break up with the Old Lady has the chasing pack salivating at the prospect of smiting the 30-time Italian league champions this term, but wiser punters should regard this as a rare money-printing opportunity.
With or without Commandant Conte, Juve remain an unrivalled footballing faction on the domestic scene; here’s why they won’t be dethroned this campaign.
Even if one of their prized midfield quartet absconds after Conte, their middle band will remain supremely strong.
Rumours abound over the futures of Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba, with the future of the former speculated to be the fuel behind their old boss’ decision to quit, but there’s no guarantee either will depart and the strength in depth in this department will render it no disaster if one does.
Andrea Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio, Mauricio Isla, Kwadwo Asamoah, plus one or both of the aforementioned world-beating duo makes is a fearsome, international-standard assembly.
The top scoring side in Serie A last season has boosted their artillery with the brightest attacking light in Spanish soccer.
Alvaro Morata arrived at the Juventus Stadium for just shy of £16m to compete with countryman Fernando Llorente, Carlos Tevez and Sebastian Giovinco for places in the Old Lady’s attack.
The fist two members of the triptych hit 35 goals between them last time around and have a man who hit eight La Liga goals in as little as three starts to help share the goal-getting load from henceforth.
New manager Massimiliano Allegri may not be a supercoach, but he’s no greenhorn when it comes to winning Serie A.
Having manned the rudder during AC Milan’s 2010/11 title-triumphing campaign, the man they call Max is no stranger to end-of-season champagne showers.
To heap further credence on the former Cagliari coach’s chances of guiding Juve to glory, his solo Scudetto success came during his first year at the San Siro.