In this post, we check the status of Europe’s biggest football leagues: Spanish La Liga, English Premier League, Italian Serie A, French Ligue 1 and German Bundesliga.
In La Liga, we find last year’s champions Barcelona at the top. Their main rivals, Real Madrid is at third place, having sacked coach Rafael Benitez, replacing him with former French superstar Zinedine Zidane. The main focus in media has been on the two giants and El Clásico, however, at second place in La Liga Atlético Madrid has sneaked up, just 1 point behind Barcelona after 20 matches played.
Atlético Madrid 47p
Real Madrid 43p
This season’s biggest surprise, Leicester is still at the top of Premier League. Manchester City and Arsenal are trailing three points behind. The English league is one of the most exciting and tight national football leagues this season. Chelsea were favourites before the season started. We placed our earnings on Arsenal which is still a good bet. However, the Gunners also have the Champions League playoffs to worry about were they are put up the toughest opposition ever in the Round of 16: Last year’s winners Barcelona FC.
Manchester City 44p
As we wrote in the title: The old lady has awakened! Hopelessly trailing after the first months, last year’s Serie A champions Juventus are now at second place, just 2 points behind Lazio. Inter is chasing at third place. Juventus are also put up against tough opposition in the Champions League: They will face German giants Bayern Munich in the Round of 16. Our guess is that they will top Serie A but be eliminated from Champions League before March 2016 is over.
Ligue 1 is pretty much decided. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paris SG is dominating at the top with 19 wins and 3 draws. However, this season is not about the national titles for PSG: They are aiming to advance in the Champions League where they are once again put against Chelsea in the play offs.
Paris SG 60p
Bayern Munich is Germany’s answer to Paris SG. Everyone is expecting them to win the national titles but the fans demand more: They want another Champions League title. Last time they lifted the trophy was in 2013. In Bundesliga, Bayern have 16 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss. Dortmund is at second place and the team from the capital, Hertha Berlin, is having a good season and can be found at the third place.
Bayern Munich 49p
Hertha Berlin 33p