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Published on October 26th, 2017 | by Vieri Capretta

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Serie A sees possible five-way fight at the top of the table

A midweek round of matches in Italy’s Serie A saw wins for the top five to continue what could be a vintage title race, but life is tougher at the bottom

Napoli at the top, Inter right behind them, Juventus still in it, Lazio surprising everyone, and expensively-assembled AC Milan simply too far behind. After ten rounds in Serie A, these are the main headlines. And that’s not even mentioning a league that has a huge imbalance between the top clubs and the rest, with a massive gap in points.

The Partenopei are lead the Scudetto race after ten rounds, having collected nine wins and just one draw, at home to Inter. They are as mature as they have ever been and have the right consistency to go the all way by ending Juventus’ six-year reign. The quality is huge, the passing game a spectacle admired all over the world, the attackers cannot stop scoring and the defence is sturdy. One problem? Not enough squad depth perhaps, but few can stop Maurizio Sarri’s men right now.

The only team to snatch a point so far against them are the Nerazzurri, last weekend. Inter gave that performance a confirmation on Tuesday by beating Sampdoria at home, pushed on by the brace of captain Mauro Icardi. Like Napoli, Luciano Spalletti cannot count on squad depth, but has given the team an organisation and mentality that Inter have lacked for years. They can go all the way, with that extra luck that has been helping getting the results.

Juventus are scoring like never before (10 goals in the last two games alone), but have been conceding more at the back. Nonetheless, Massimiliano Allegri’s team are a machine, and still the favourites to win the Scudetto. The squad depth is huge, the quality up front massive, with so many options for different systems and formations. Juve still have it, and the champions will be a problem for anyone.

Lazio are stilling going strong with the Biancocelesti winning at the Allianz Stadium, and then going on to beating Bologna for what is their seventh victory in a row. Simply phenomenal, considering the Rome club sold Lucas Biglia and Balde Diao Keita over the summer, and are being forced to play without the injured Felipe Anderson. Unreal. Champions League football is on the cards.

It isn’t on the cards, for now, for AC Milan, a team constructed with the necessity of making it in the top four to guarantee the cash needed to repay the debts owed to bring in a string of new signings. Right now Vincenzo Montella can breath easier with Wednesday’s 4-1 win over Chievo, but the Rossoneri are still eighth and have a long way to go if they are to find the needed consistency. If not, the former Fiorentina manager would be the first to lose his job.

At the bottom, the struggle is real with Benevento still on zero points, constantly improving their unwanted record of worst ever start to a Serie A season, whilst Crotone, Hellas Verona and SPAL have put together the miserable total of 17 points between the three of them. The imbalance in the league is making many games simply too predictable. Something will need to change in the future.

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