Of the returning top leagues in Europe, Serie A is the last to resume. There are four games to welcome back Italy's top tier this weekend before the league gets back into full swing.

With plenty to play for, WhoScored.com preview what's left to play for and assess the outright markets...

Title Race

Could Juventus' dominance be set to end this season? The Old Lady may top the pile in Italy's top tier, yet they sit just a point above second-placed Lazio with 12 games still to play. Inter, too, can't be ruled out just yet. They are currently nine points behind Juventus, but have a game in hand over the two teams above them in the table.

The welcome of lowly Sampdoria this weekend presents them with the chance to bring them level on games with the two sides above them and should see them close the gap to six points. And with a third of the season still to go, it's all to play for in Italy's top tier. Unlike the Premier League, there remains a genuine title race in Serie A.

Like Bayern in the Bundesliga, many expect Juventus to go all the way once more given their winning experience and the mentality that comes with regularly comes with securing domestic glory. They may have the Champions League to focus on down the line, but immediate focus will turn to Serie A and given the personnel at Maurizio Sarri's disposal, they are the 4/11 favourites to win the title.

However, Juventus' run in isn't particularly forgiving. They managed to professionally navigate the welcome of Inter prior to lockdown, but are still to face AC Milan and Atalanta, while a possible title showdown clash with Lazio means the average WhoScored.com rating difficulty of their remaining matches is 6.72. Lazio, by all means, don't have an easy run in either.

Like Juventus, their average rating difficulty is 6.72, and they too defeated Inter shortly before lockdown. The inexperience in this position is what stands against Simone Inzaghi's side as they seek their first Scudetto in 20 years and third in their history. Lazio don't have the distraction of other competitions in the remaining weeks, so can focus their efforts on league duties, and resume their season with a testing trip to Atalanta next week. The aforementioned meeting with Juventus on July 20th could be momentous in the title race, while a match up with Coppa Italia finalists Napoli to see out the campaign in August.

It means Lazio are at 11/4 to come away from 2019/20 as champions, slightly shorter than Inter at 9/1, but those will shorten further if Inter win their game in hand this weekend. At 6.68, Antonio Conte's side have the third easiest run in in Serie A this season according to WhoScored.com and while they failed tests against Lazio and Juventus, they aren't out of this title race just yet.

Indeed, their highest opponent in the table over the next eight gameweeks is eighth-placed Verona, and they face three of the bottom five in that run. On the same weekend Lazio face Juventus, they take on Fiorentina and they'll be hopeful of having closed the gap on the top two over the coming gameweeks. They may have plenty of ground to make up, but Inter to win the league at 16/1, while a gamble, is one that can reap huge rewards.

Inter
Italy Serie A
1pt
3/1

Top Four

In the race for a top four finish, Atalanta are in the driving seat as they sit three points clear of fifth-placed Roma with a game in hand, who welcome Sassuolo on Sunday. Yet those in pursuit of Atalanta should be buoyed by their difficult run in. Only AC Milan (6.76) have a more difficult run in than Gian Piero Gasperini's side (6.73) and they'll have their eye on their Champions League quarter-final encounter in August. Still to face Lazio, Juventus and Inter, their path back to the Champions League is tough to navigate.

At this stage, it looks like a two-horse race for that final Champions League spot, with Roma Atalanta's closest competitors. With a WhoScored.com rating of 6.70 of their remaining opponents, they have a slightly easier run to the end of the campaign than their top-four rivals, though still have their Europa League meetings with Sevilla to play, but Atalanta should still have enough to secure a fourth and final Champions League spot.

Golden Boot

In the race for the Capocannoniere, Ciro Immobile sits six goals clear of Cristiano Ronaldo as we enter the final third of the season. Immobile deserves immense credit for his fine goalscoring form for Lazio this term and is the overwhelming 1/8 favourite to secure the individual award.

Yet with ample time still to go, it's impossible to rule Ronaldo out of the running entirely. The Portuguese hitman took some time to get going at the beginning of the season, netting just five league goals prior to December, yet has been imperious since then, scoring 16 times in his last 12 Serie A outings.

If Ronaldo can hit the ground running when the league resumes, then at 5/1 to win the Capocannoniere, he is better value to back than Immobile.

Ronaldo - 1pt @ 5/1