This year’s Champions League competition looks wide open, with a number of the favourites looking shaky at present.
The Spanish sides have dominated the competition in recent years, with only one team from outside of the country making the final in that time. Real Madrid beat Atletico in two of the last three finals, with Barcelona beating Juventus in the other.
As Bethut.co.uk confirmed, Real Madrid matched Barcelona’s 16 consecutive league win run recently, but have since gone of the boil with three draws. Barcelona have already lost twice to Celta Vigo and Deportivo Alaves, with the latter being a huge shock.
Atletico sit top of the table on goal difference, which looks all the more impressive when you consider they travelled to the Nou Camp already this year, and moved to beat Bayern Munich impressively in the Champions League group stage already. They are my choice to go deepest for La Liga, not that the others can be discounted with ease.
Juventus have looked strong over the past few seasons, whilst dominating their domestic league, and are a great shout to lift the trophy at 12/1. The Italians are proving to be on fire again this year, with six wins from seven in the league, as well as a 4-0 away win in the Champions League against Dynamo Zagreb. Overlook them at your peril.
The English Premier League has a number of strong sides in it, but with no Chelsea, Liverpool or Manchester United in the competition, they look weakened on paper. Man City are the team everyone has been talking about, with Pep Guardiola got them sitting pretty at the top of the table, but Tottenham handed them a spanking this week, and are surprise contenders.
No side will look forward to taking on Spurs in the league, with their defence having refused to concede a goal from open play as of yet, but in Europe they are playing out of Wembley, and did not settle properly against Monaco the other week.
Arsenal are looking strong this year, but rarely get past the first knock-out round of the competition, and I think they would need an element of luck to go any further this year.
Atletico Madrid 13/1 with BetStars
Juventus 12/1 with various bookmakers
(all bookies offer e/w with a losing finalist considered a place, which would pay at half the odds)
Who are your picks for the Champions League? Are you looking away from the big Spanish two as well?