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2015/16 Serie A Preview and Predictions: What you need to know

The transfer market is all but closed, but with the 2015/16 Serie A season starting this weekend it's time to see which teams strengthen their squad the most this summer and which ones didn't.

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After 4 Scudetti won in a row for Juventus, will it finally be the year they'll leave the throne to someone else? Or will they win again, forcing us to watch their supremacy on every other Italian side for the 33rd time in their history? Only time will tell. But one thing is for sure: the gap with the Serie A contenders may be thinner than any of the previous seasons after selling some key players, while Roma kept their core untouched, adding quality players that surely will help them in their chase for the championship.

There's a 99% chance that Inter won't be involved in any run for the Scudetto, once again, even though they won't have any "distraction" since they won't play in an European Competition this season, allowing them to focus more on the Serie A and the way less important Coppa Italia. I see them battling for the third place, at best, but if and only if Ausilio and Fassone manage to do an unexpected hat-trick in this last days of Calciomercato, a thing that seems highly unlikely at the moment.

Milan will have a breakout season, I'm sure. If they won't, it will be very disappointing for them. They spent almost €100 Million for the upcoming season without selling key players, so everyone is expecting big things by them and, in my opinion, they will deliver, earning at least the 5th spot in the standings. It also seems that the newly-appointed coach and former Inter player Sinisa Mihajlovic has already been able to instill his football ideas into the players, something that Filippo Inzaghi struggled with a lot last year.

I see Napoli being a contender for the title this year, even though they have an inexperienced coach like Sarri and their defense is all but rock solid. Fiorentina replaced boss too, and, for me, they will fall down in the standings a bit compared to last year, but they will have a respectable 2015/16 season nonetheless, in particular if Giuseppe Rossi will be able to contribute to the cause and will not spend too much time injured in the sidelines.

One team that made all the right moves this summer is Torino, and their smart choices will reflect on their final placement next May. Bringing two young and talented players like Zappacosta and Belotti while keeping their veteran core untouched will pay them in the long run, especially because they will be guided once again by the clever and very well prepared Ventura.

Frosinone will be the worst side of the season, but this is their first Serie A appereance and it's already an historical moment for such a small team. Bologna and Empoli will be the other two teams that will accompany them down in the Serie B, even though Atalanta and Carpi will have to be very careful, because just one misstep could lead them to the relegation.

Capocannoniere: Edin Dzeko, 25 goals

Atalanta - 17th

17th place in 2014/15, 37 points

Coach: Edi Reja

Additions: Brivio, Giorgi, Marilungo, Suagher, Almici , Canini, Kurtic, Bassi, De Roon, De Paula, Radunovic, Monachello

Departures: Frezzolini, Bianchi, Rossetti, Biava, Avramov, Emanuelson, Baselli, Zappacosta, Benalouane

Key Players: Pinilla, Estigarribia, Gomez

Key Question: Will the few changes made in the defensive department destroy their usual stability?

Bologna - 19th

4th place in 2014/15 Serie B, promoted via playoffs, 68 points

Coach: Delio Rossi

Additions: Stojanovic, Pulzeti, Rizzo, Rossettini, Diawara, Crisetig, Mirante, Brighi, Brienza, Pulgar, Destro

Departures: Krstcic, Buchel, Bessa, Laribi, Improta, Troianello, Perez, Casarini, Pazienza, Matuzalem, Coppola, G. Sansone,

Key Players: Destro, Brienza, Oikonomou

Key Question: Will Destro provide enough goals to allow Bologna to survive in the Serie A?

Carpi - 16th

Serie B Champions, 80 points

Coach: Fabrizio Castori

Additions: Ridolfi, Matos, Morrone, Brkic, Wallace, Benussi, Bollini, Wilczek, Franchini, Lazzari, Spolli, Bubnjic, Martinho, Gabriel Silva, Fedele, Gonzalez, Iniguez

Departures: Gabriel, Struna, Molina, Suagher, Laner, Modolo, Pasini, Gatto, Inglese, Maurantonio, Dossena, Brunelli

Key Players: Mbakogu, Spolli, Matos

Key Question: Can such a young, but talented, team compete with more experienced sides?

Chievo - 13th

14th place in 2014/15, 43 points

Coach: Rolando Maran

Additions: Edimar, Puccino Bellomo, Bentivoglio, Mangani, N. Rigoni, Inglese, Gatto, Gobbi, Castro, Cacciatore, Ntow, M'Poku, Pepe

Departures: Schelotto, Bardi, Botta, Biraghi, Fetfatzidis, Cofie, Pozzi, Zukanovic, Puggioni, Stoian

Key Players: M'Poku, Paloschi, Bizzarri

Key Question: Will they be a top-5 defense for the 2nd year in a row?

Empoli - 18th

15th place in 2014/15, 42 points

Coach: Marco Giampaolo (New)

Additions: Dermaku, Ronaldo, Skorupski, Krunic, Bittante, Costa, Camporese, Maiello, Zambelli

Departures: Bassi, Rugani, Vecino, Sepe, Brillante, Somma, Verdi, Valdifiori, Hysaj

Key Players: Saponara, Ronaldo, Pucciarelli

Key Question: Can they supply the technical void left after the departure of some of their best players?

Fiorentina - 6th

4th place in 2014/15, 64 points

Coach: Paulo Sousa (new)

Additions: Roncaglia, Brillante, Vecino, Hegazy, Iakovenko, Capezzi, Rebic, Fazzi, Sepe, Mario Suarez, Gilberto, Kalinic, Astori

Departures: Neto, Richards, Diamanti, Gilardino, El Hamdaoui, Pizarro, Aquilani, Lazzari, Salah, Vargas, Kurtic, Rosi, Savic, Gomez

Key Players: Gonzalo Rodriguez, Borja Valero, Ilicic

Key Question: Will Giuseppe Rossi finally help the Viola in their Champions League chase?

Frosinone - 20th

2nd place in 2014/15 Serie B, 71 points

Coach: Roberto Stellone

Additions: Frabotta, Altobelli, Leali, Chisah, Diakitè, Verde, Rosi, Pavlovic, Longo

Departures: Cosic, Pamic, Santana

Key Players: Longo, Verde, Leali

Key Question: After 2 promotions in consecutive season, will Frosinone survive in the Serie A, against much more talented teams?

Genoa - 10th

6th place in 2014/15, 59 points

Coach: Gian Piero Gasperini

Additions: Pasini, Cofie, Tachtsidis, Lazovic, Gakpè, Pandev, Figueiras, Cissokho, Munoz, Ujkani, Ntcham, Gorga, Diego Capel

Departures: Niang, Ariaudo, Bergdich, Roncaglia, Edenilson, Lestienne, Bertolacci, Iago Falque

Key Players: Pandev, Perotti, Perin

Key Question: Perin's injury will affect Genoa's dreams of Europa League?

Inter - 7th

8th place in 2014/15, 55 points

Coach: Roberto Mancini

Additions: Murillo, Miranda, Kondogbia, Montoya, Schelotto, Biraghi, Taider, Biabiany, Manaj, Jovetic

Departures: Jonathan, Campagnaro, Felipe, Podolski, Palazzi, Bonazzoli, Obi, Kuzmanovic, Donkor, Puscas, Camara, Shaqiri, Kovacic (sigh)

Key Players: Icardi, Miranda, Jovetic

Key Question(s): Inter's defensive issues have been resolved once for all with the arrival of Murillo and Miranda, or there is still a lot of work to do in this department? Who will inherits Kovacic's playmaking role?

Juventus- 1st

2014/15 Serie A Champions, 87 points

Coach: Massimiliano Allegri

Additions: Rugani, Isla, Neto, Buchel, Dybala, Khedira, Madzukic, Zaza, Vadalà, Cerri

Departures: Romulo, Matri, Pepe, Tevez, Pirlo, Storari, Ogbonna, Marrone, Vidal

Key Players: Mandzukic, Pogba, Buffon

Key Question: Will Claudio Marchisio and Paul Pogba efficiently take on the responsibilities issued from Pirlo and Vidal's departure?

Lazio - 4th

3rd place in 2014/15, 69 points

Coach: Stefano Pioli

Additions: A. Gonzalez, Hoedt, Patric, Morrison, Kishna, Milinkovic-Savic

Departures: Ledesma, Ciani, Sculli, Novaretti, Mauri, Cavanda, Pereirinha, Tounkara, Ederson

Key Players: Biglia, Klose, De Vrij

Key Question: An almost untouched Lazio team will repeat the great performance of last season or will be penalized by the predictability of their game?

Milan - 5th

10th place in 2014/15, 52 points

Coach: Sinisa Mihajlovic (New)

Additions: Matri, Niang, Nocerino, Vergara, Ely, Bacca, Bertolacci, Luiz Adriano, J. Mauri, Romagnoli

Departures: Bocchetti, Van Ginkel, DEstro, Essien, Robinho, Muntari, Essien, Bonera, Pazzini, Rami, El Shaarawi, Albertazzi

Key Players: Bacca, Diego Lopez, Luiz Adriano

Key Question: Mihajlovic has finally brought some order to this Milan team or last year's problem will haunt the Rossoneri this season too?

Napoli - 3rd

5th place in 2014/15, 63 points

Coach: Maurizio Sarri (New)

Additions: El Kaddouri, Valdifiori, Reina, Dezi, Gabriel, Allan Chiriches, Hysaj

Departures: Colombo, Mesto, Michu, Gargano, D. Zapata, Britos, Inler

Key Players: Higuain, Gabbiadini, Hamsik

Key Question: Will the inexperienced Sarri be up to the task of bringing Napoli at least in the Champions League next season?

Palermo - 15th

11th place in 2014/15, 49 points

Coach: Giuseppe Iachini

Additions: Benali, Cassini, Trajkovski, Struna, N'GoyiGoldaniga, Hiljemark, Brugman, Colombi, El Kaoutari, Djurdjevic

Departures: Ortiz, Emerson, Dybala, Barreto, Ujkani, Makienok, Accardi, Belotti

Key Players: Vazquez, Rigoni, Sorrentino

Key Question: Who will supply to the offensive needs of this team with Dybala and Belotti gone?

Roma - 2nd

2nd place in 2014/15, 70 points

Coach: Rudi Garcia

Additions: Iago Falque, Szczesny, Salah, Dzeko, Gerson, Gyomber, Digne

Departures: Balzaretti, Curci, Spolli, Astori, Skorupski, Pellegrini, Holebas, Verde, Doumbia, Sanabria, Yanga-Mbiwa

Key Players: Dzeko, Pjanic, Castan

Key Question: Roma's weak defensive lineup will hold them from their Scudetto hopes?

Sampdoria - 9th

7th place in 2014/15, 56 points

Coach: Walter Zenga (New)

Additions: Moisander, Barreto, Bonazzoli, Krsticic, Cassani, Brignoli, Puggioni, Fernando, Zukanovic, Cassano

Departures: Acquah, Frison, Obiang, Rizzo, Bergessio, Munoz, Cacciatore, Romero, Okaka, Romagnoli

Key Players: Eder, Muriel, Cassano

Key Question(s): Will the horrible start in the Europa League qualifying round affect Sampdoria's season in a bad way? Will Walter Zenga survive as team coach at least until December?

Sassuolo - 14th

12th place in 2014/15, 49 points

Coach: Eusebio Di Francesco

Additions: Laribi, Falcinelli, Ariaudo, Gliozzi, Pellegrini, Politano, Dell'Orco, Duncan, Defrel

Departures: Brighi, Polito, Bianco, Taider, Lazarevic, Donis, Zaza, Chibsah

Key Players: Berardi, Duncan, Acerbi

Key Question: Will Sassuolo be able to outdo themselves and finish in the Top 10 this season despite Zaza's departure?

Torino - 8th

9th place in 2014/15, 54 points

Coach: Giampiero Ventura

Additions: Avelar, Acquah, Obi, Zappacosta, Baselli, Belotti

Departures: El Kaddouri, Gonzalez, Basha, Masiello, Barreto, Darmian

Key Players: Glik, Quagliarella

Key Question: A smart summer market by Torino will be enough to guarantee them an Europa League qualification?

Udinese - 11th

16th place in 2014/15, 41 points

Coach: Stefano Colantuono (New)

Additions: Faraoni, Edenilson, Adnan, D. Zapata, Marquinho

Departures: Allan, Bubnjc, Naldo, Gabriel Silva, Scuffet

Key Players: Di Natale, Domizzi, Karnezis

Key Question: After a truly disappointing season, will Colantuono bring back Udinese in the top half of the standings, helped by the 38-years-old goleador Di Natale?

Verona - 12th

13th place in 2014/15, 46 points

Coach: Andrea Mandorlini

Additions: Laner, Bianchetti, Siligardi, Romulo, Viviani, Souprayen, Pazzini, Coppola, Winck, Helander, Albertazzi

Departures: Benussi, Brivio, Agostini, Sorensen, Campanharo, Obbadi, Tachtsidis, Nico Lopez, Saviola, Fernandinho, Marques

Key Players: Toni, Pazzini, Hallfredsson

Key Question: The Toni - Pazzini cohabitation will be happy and profitable for Verona or will the two end up stomping on each other's feet?