In a previous post we looked at the title and Champions League contenders in Serie A this season. In part two of our 2018-19 Serie A preview we look at the teams who will be challenging for a Europa League spot, as well as those expected to be in a relegation battle.
Europa League Challengers
The perennial problem for the sides scrapping for a Europa League place is that they have to sell their best or most influential players every summer.
Over the last two years avuncular coach Gian Piero Gasperini has transformed Atalanta with a mixture of youngsters and players who have lost their way.
They have been the revelation of Serie A, but bigger clubs continue to snap up their key performers.
Despite Gasperini recently groaning about an unsatisfactory transfer market, his side are still the best of the rest.
Fiorentina’s biggest victory was keeping hold of the young attackers Giovanni Simeone and Federico Chiesa. The latter is one of the most coveted forwards in Serie A.
Long Season Ahead…
The freshly promoted threesome of Parma, Frosinone and Empoli are favourites to go straight back down.
The neutrals will hope Parma can resist however, because the club is popular around the world thanks to their exciting exploits in the 1990s.
Lat season several medium-sized clubs stayed up by the skin of their teeth. There was only a five point gap between 18th place Crotone and ChievoVerona, who finished 13th.
Fellow survivors Bologna changed coach, bringing in Pippo Inzaghi. Don’t be surprised if SPAL, Chievo, Cagliari and Udinese have another tough campaign.