Serie A's Relegation Battle: An Early Preview of the Fight Against the Drop

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Serie A's Relegation Battle: An Early Preview of the Fight Against the Drop
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Ezequiel Schelotto and Jasmin Kurtic of Sassuolo battle Catania's Lucas Castro.

Even though the return leg of the Serie A season has only just begun, there is a general consensus from outside observers that it will take an earth-moving occurrence for Juventus to lose the Scudetto.  With an eight-point lead and a 12-game league winning streak, the Bianconeri seem almost free and clear even with 18 games to go.  With that said, attention should start turning to two other intriguing races—the race for Europe and the race to beat the drop.

The latter of these races is what will be looked at here.  

Hellas Verona, one of this year's new arrivals from the second tier, are currently in sixth place—and only goal difference is keeping them from fifth.  Barring something dramatic happening, it's probably safe to say that the Mastiffs will be staying up—meaning at least one established Serie A side will probably be making the drop.

In this article, we will be taking a look at the six teams likeliest to be in the thick of the relegation fight come May.  These teams currently rank from 15-20 in the table, and none has garnered more than 20 points in the season's first 20 games.

So who is an early bet to be facing the drop?  Let's delve into the league's stragglers.

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