We are watching the quater finals of the biggest football tournament – the Champions League football.
Who will win the tournament?
This question is asked by many football specialists, fans and obnoxious citizens who are keen to watch the latest matches of the most commercial tournament. Whether it will be the Spanish Royal Club or Manchester City and why not Seville or Bayern Munich. Competition is serious, and in recent games we have seen that Real’s class is great. The Spanish team defeated the PSG, where plays the most expensive player in the world, Neymar.
What about the clubs, continuing in the Champions League?
– Real Madrid – Manchester City – Bayern Munich – Seville – Juventus – Liverpool – Roma – Barcelona Interesting duels for us, where the most difficult game, we think are: Juventus – Real Madrid and Man. City – Liverpool, in which two English team members will be arguing for a continuation to the semi-final in the most commercial tournament. Barcelona faces Italians from Roma. At first glance, the Spaniards are favorites, but nothing is known and everything can be expected. Roma is in shape and surprises are possible in this match. The other match of the quarter finals is between Bayern Munich and Sevilla. Sevilla is a class team, has shown that there is potential for even better ranking in the tournament and eliminates Manchester United. Bayern is a team with long traditions and experience in the tournament, but here Sevilla is not to underestimate and we can expect a surprise. An interesting two-jousting tournament awaits us in the Champions League, so keep your thumbs on your favorite team and enjoy the football game. Good luck.
What’s going on in Italy’s Serie A or the so-called “calcio” from the beginning of the season? We see a serious fight in the past rounds of the championship for the first place. Although there are still many football matches up to the end of Series A for the 2017/2018 season and four teams clearly outline for the title:
– Juventus – Napoli – Roma – Inter
Each of these teams has a very good shape and it is clear that during the summer break, these teams made good transfers and have bought classy and promising players. Let’s look at one of the teams in the top 4 in the standings for a moment:
Juventus – The team is a long-time champion in the A series. This is not a surprise by the industry specialists. Juventus performs well not only in the case, but also in the European football tournaments. Last year, Juve played a final in the Champions League, and this again demonstrated a stable game, though with some surprises for the football predictions, like the loss of Sampdoria and Lazio at home. However, we can say that Juve is again a contender this year for winning the season championship 2017/2018
Napoli – The team is the leader in the time ranking, after playing 15 games. Inter performs very well, especially as a guest where there are 7 wins, one draw and no loss so far. Napoli has definitely good chances for the title, with the odds in sport.netbet.co.uk at 1.50 for winning the A series of Italy.
Roma – Roma sold one of his best players in the summer transfer window, but got Karsdorp, Cegiz Under and Bruno Peres. It seems to be Roma Club, renewing the team after Francesco Totti’s leave. However, he will be able to win the title, we cannot yet determine, and the odds offered in bookmakers are about 5.00. The team beat Lazio and Fiorentina, but failed to deal with Inter and Napoli, where they lost valuable points in the standings. Currently, Roma is in the 4th position with 34 points and the leader Napoli is 38. Let’s see the matches. Roma has a lesser game than Napoli, so if it’s a victory next game, Roma might be just one point behind the leader.
Inter – This year, unlike the previous several seasons, Inter started the championship as well. After winning the first two rounds against challenging rivals like Roma and Fiorentina, Inter showed that this year’s title is a priority. Even now with a match less than Napoli and in a win, Inter can return to the top spot. The home team is 6/1/0, which is a very good performance, given the difficult schedule at the beginning of the season. Inter has only 5 goals against at home and has scored 15 and has a goal difference of 25 goals for total games, with only Juventus has better goal performance with 27 goals. If Inter is able to fight for the title, it is still too early to say, but we hope to see interesting and nice match in the A series until the end of the season.
The 2016-17 Champions League campaign was one of the best and most exciting in recent years. Real Madrid won it for the second season in a row and did so quite comfortably. Zinedine Zidane’s side failed to finish top of their group, but they overcame Napoli, Bayern Munich, and Atletico Madrid in the knockout stages with relative ease before hammering Juventus in the final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.
There were some great matches in the knockout stages in the competition last season, such as Manchester City winning 5-3 at home against AS Monaco and losing 3-1 away, Barcelona suffering a 4-0 away loss against Paris Saint-Germain before overcoming the French giants 6-1 at Camp Nou, and Madrid getting the better of Bayern Munich 4-2 at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The 2017-18 Champions League season is in its early stages, but the signs are already there for the campaign to be as good, if not better than the previous season. The big teams, such as Bayern Munich, PSG, Manchester United, Chelsea, Barcelona, and Madrid all won their opening game in the group stage, while teams such as Besiktas, Sporting Lisbon and CSKA Moscow’s performances have been encouraging enough to suggest that there could be surprises in store as the season progresses.
The big question on everyone’s mind in regard to the winners of the Champions League this season is whether Madrid can make it thrice in a row. As unlikely as it may sound, one should not forget that Zidane’s side created a record last season by winning the most prestigious club competition in the world back-to-back, and they are very much capable of setting another record.
It should not come as a surprise to anyone that Madrid are the bookmakers’ favourites to win the Champions League yet again this season. The Spanish giants’ odds of lifting the trophy at the Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kiev in May are 4/1. Given the start that Los Blancos have made – they beat Cypriot side Apoel Nicosia 3-0 at the Bernabeu on Matchday 1 – and the players they have, it would not be a bad idea to sign up to some of the websites listed on Oddschecker.com and take advantage of the free bets on offer by wagering on the Spanish club to go all the way.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored twice against Apoel, is as good as ever and should win the Ballon d’Or this year again, while Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale are stunning players. Isco has established himself as one of the best attacking midfielders in the world, while Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane are arguably the best center-back pairing on the planet.
Madrid, though, are not going to find it plain sailing in the Champions League this season. Although one would expect them to progress to the last 16 as Group H winners, Los Blancos are going to find it tough in the knockout rounds. English teams have struggled to make an impact in the Champions League over the past few seasons, but things could change this time around.
Manchester City have one of the best squads in the world, and in Pep Guardiola they have a manager who has won the competition with Barcelona before. Manchester United have a very balanced squad, and one should be surprised if they go all the way in the tournament playing effective football. Then there is Chelsea, who have a strong squad with serial winners in Alvaro Morata and Eden Hazard.
Barcelona have Lionel Messi and will always be a threat in the Champions League. The Blaugrana have been disappointing in Europe in recent years, and they must still be smarting by the way they were knocked out by Juventus last season having almost miraculously got past PSG in the previous round. Juventus themselves will consider themselves among the favourites for the title, and so will PSG.
PSG have dominated in France in recent years, but the Parisian club have failed to make inroads into Europe. Just like Premier League outfit Manchester City, the Ligue 1 side have long wanted to win the Champions League. After all, until and unless a club have lifted Europe’s most premier club trophy, they cannot truly be considered among the elites. PSG spent a lot of money in the summer transfer window, splashing out as much as £200 million to sign Neymar from Barcelona. The Brazil international forward has hit the ground running at PSG, and the 25-year-old will have to be on top of his game for Unai Emery’s side to create history this season.
The Championship is one of the most competitive and rigorous domestic football leagues in the world, and the 2017-18 campaign is shaping up to be one of the best in recent years. The second tier of English football is replete with historic and big clubs, and it would take a brave man to predict the winners of the title this season. Leeds United, Sheffield Wednesday, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Middlesbrough all are the in the mix; in fact, even Cardiff City will fancy their chances of automatic promotion given the start they have made.
It’s early days in the 2017-18 Championship season, but the signs are looking very promising for Leeds. Not only have the Whites played the best football in the division so far this season, but they have also been defensively solid. Just three goals conceded in eight league fixtures underline the great partnership Pontus Jansson and Liam Cooper have forged at the back for the West Yorkshire outfit. Then there is Felix Wiedwald, a goalkeeper who has experience of playing top-flight football in Germany with Werder Bremen and who has been brilliant for the Whites so far this season.
Leeds may have lost New Zealand international striker Chris Wood to Premier League club Burnley in the summer transfer window, but they are not missing the 25-year-old at the moment. Pierre-Michel Lasogga, signed on a season-long loan deal from Hamburg in the summer transfer window, has hit the ground running, while there have been goals from players such as Stuart Dallas, Kemar Roofe, Samuel Saiz and Kalvin Phillips. It seems that this season under head coach Thomas Christiansen, who was appointed in his role in the summer following the departure of Garry Monk (who is now in charge of Championship rivals Middlesbrough), the team’s policy is to not to rely on one particular player to score the bulk of the goals but to spread them across several players.
Given the start that Leeds have made and their current league position, it is not hard to understand why they are 8/13 to finish in the top six this season according to the latest Championship betting odds on bet365.com. However, interestingly, it is Wolverhampton Wanderers who are bookmaker’s top favourites to win the Championship title with odds of 5/2 in their favour. Middlesbrough, who got relegated from the Premier League at the end of the 2016-17 campaign, are third favourites with odds of 6/1 despite not having made a great start to the season.
One team that punters could wager some decent money on is Sheffield Wednesday. The Owls have finished in the top six of the Championship for the past two seasons, and they do have the squad and the mentality to launch yet another challenge for the playoffs. Carlos Carvalhal’s side seem to have recovered from their slow start to the season, and it is only a matter of time before they get into their full rhythm. Given the experience that the likes of Barry Bannan, Keiren Westwood, Gary Hooper and Tom Lees have in the Championship, placing a bet on them to finish in the top two would not be a bad idea, especially as the odds are enticing enough at 7/1.