It’s still anyone’s guess where the Serie A title is heading this season, and with just four points separating the top three, there’s sure to be thrilling finale. It’s fair to say that Juventus aren’t quite out of the hunt yet, either, with the Old Lady sitting four points behind Napoli in fourth position.

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After their dominance of the Scudetto in recent years, it was refreshing to see the title return to Milan last year, and if you’re football betting today, you’ll notice that the current holders are favourites to retain their title. Inter have a game in hand over their rivals, and victory in that fixture will see them return to the top of the table.

It's been a topsy-turvy season, but the race for the Scudetto has been a close-run thing, making it particularly pleasing for the neutral. While Napoli spent the majority of the first half of the campaign in top spot – having gone 12 games unbeaten at the start – Milan have always been hot on their heels, boasting similar early form, and it was always going to be the case, that a minor blip will allow the rest of the chasing pack a chance to capitalise.

And that was the case when Napoli lost three games in four, midway through the campaign, slipping to as low as fourth in the standings, giving the advantage to both Milan clubs. Inter have lost just three league games so far this campaign, and while they currently occupy second place, they are just two points behind Milan, with that crucial game in hand. Their San Siro rivals have lost four Serie A matches, but have recently dropped points in games they possibly should have won. However, as things stand, their fate is in their own hands.

The top three have all played each other now, so there are no top-of-the-table encounters to contest – and the ascendancy should be with Milan who beat both of their rivals in the space of a month. However, they have faltered of late, and with their last two matches (against Bologna and Torino) ending in goalless stalemates – the first time they have failed to score in back-to-back games since February 2021 – they’ll need to be more prolific in front of goal if they wish to win the title to convert those draws into wins.

Stefano Pioli’s side are reasonably inexperienced, and will need to handle the pressure of a title race – it’s been 11 long years since they were last crowned champions. Looking at their final fixtures, there are three crucial ones which could well dictate where the title is going. Milan face the trio in quick succession, all of whom, are fighting for a place in European competition next season. First up is a trip to Lazio, before the Rossoneri host Fiorentina and then Atalanta in their penultimate game.

Inter’s game in hand comes at the end of the month, when they travel to Bologna – and their run-in is fairly straight forward, although they host Roma who look to cement their place in the Europa League next campaign. Simone Inzaghi’s side end with fixtures against Cagliari and Sampdoria, who still, mathematically, could be relegated. Former Italy striker, Gianfranco Zola, believes the Nerazzurri have got what it takes. He told La Gazzetta dello Sport:

“Inter have a winning mentality thanks to Antonio Conte’s work which Inzaghi carried on with his ideas.”

And while Napoli have recently wavered – losing to both Milan and Fiorentina (in a five-goal thriller) – and have lost more matches than both the clubs above them, there could well be a twist in the plot to come. Luciano Spalletti’s side also have a reasonable run-in, facing four sides in the bottom half of the table, including relegation-threatened Genoa. Having contested so strongly early on, you can expect Napoli to fight to the finish.

With it still oh-so close at the top of the table, expect twists and turns to come, as the Scudetto is likely to go down to the wire. Of course, stranger things have happened.