Ciro Immobile announced himself on the European stage as he scored 22 goals to lead the Serie A scoring charts last year but with the Torino striker having moved to Germany the door is open for someone else to take the prize and Carlos Tevez could be the beneficiary. The Argentinian striker’s track record with big clubs is one of the highest quality with his numerous honours and in seasons 2009/10 and 2010/11 he scored 23 and 20 goals for Manchester City before then suffering a curtailed season; He scored 11 goals in his last season but came to a much changed unit which had far more options upfront. At Juve he is likely to share a spot with Fernando Llorente – much like last season – or Alvaro Morata once he regains fitness and he scored 19 goals in a hugely successful campaign from all areas of the pitch last season. He shouldn’t suffer for the change in manager – worried reactions to that look premature – and at 8/1 he looks to have been generously prices by Bet365 and Hills. Be365 will pay four places, so put your money there.
Gonzalo Higuain makes appeal with such fluid Napoli forward line behind him but they can also take goals away as much as they give to him and they had two other forwards in double figures at the end of last season. That said, he should go well and looks a worthy favourite Guiseppe Rossi and Mario Gomez have both shown the potential to be streets ahead at times but the injury records of both make for worrying reading with regards to a season long bet on both. Fernando Llorente looks to be a fine each/way bet for those going that way with Juve having the best supply in the league and he wouldn’t need much improvement upon his 16 from last season to be getting seriously involved. Matia Destro has to be strongly considered with a powerhouse midfield behind him and – and either side with Juan Itrube now present – and a full season – he played just 20 times in Serie A last season – would give him real appeal. He boasted the best goal to game ration last year and in a team fighting for the title, should be looking to assert himself at the head of affairs.
Rodrigo Palacio should be capable of matching the 17 he scored last season but the increased presence of Mauro Icardi and the arrival of Dani Osvaldo creates competition for his place that he wouldn’t have seen last year. Luca Toni scored a fantastic 20 last year for Verona but it remains to be seen just how much he is affected by the loss of Juan Iturbe to Roma although he is a big price that is rather harder to ignore.
At Milan if Ferando Torres discovered his old form then he’s more than capable of getting into the race and there’s enough quality around him to get well into double figures but a more interesting candidate could be their lightening winger Stephan El Shaarawy. Injury ruined his year last season but in 2012/13 he lit up Serie A with 16 goals and playing a full season he has the potential to make double figure quotes seem silly. One of the quickest players the league, his searching pace and skill means he is self sufficient in terms of creating opportunities and while Milan this year have an air of uncertainty about them there’s no question that he can dominate their attack. Another flying winger listed is Alessandro Cerci but a better option at Torino could be former Juve finisher Mauro Quagriella. Often under used at the Old Lady, he could be set to receive a full season for the first time in several campaigns and should get plenty of service but interest is taken away by the fact that his highest total in a season is 13 goals.
It could be that another hot young prospect is worth giving a run to. Last season Domenico Berradi scored 16 goals for Sassuolo at the tender age of 19, building on his 11 goals for the same club that previous season, and the Juve loanee, now another year older, could make a bold showing at 20/1 this year if improving once again.
2 pts each/way Carlos Tevez (8/1 Bet365, Hills)
1 pt each/way Stephan El Shaarawy (20/1 Bet365)
0.5 pts each/way Domenico Berradi (20/1 Bet365)