Can Anyone Break the Spanish Champions League Monopoly?

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Can Anyone Break the Spanish Champions League Monopoly

Some would consider the number 13 to be unlucky, but that’s the number Real Madrid are aiming for this season in the Champions League. And, considering their form as winners of the competition for the last two consecutive seasons, there’s a strong chance they could be celebrating again at the end of this campaign in Kiev.

Spanish football has dominated on the continental stage over the last four seasons. Not only have Real Madrid won the trophy three times, they played two of their finals against neighbouring Atlético Madrid, whilst La Liga arch-rivals Barcelona have also lifted the trophy. Accompanied by Sevilla with three Europa League triumphs in the last four years, Spanish representation is as strong as ever.

With the 2017/18 group stages already in full swing, the Champions League betting odds see Real Madrid as one of the 9/2 favourites. Amongst the other Spanish sides, Barcelona are always likely to mount a strong challenge at 6/1 odds, with Atlético Madrid an appetising 25/1 and Sevilla considered an outside option at 50/1.

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Neymar at Paris:

Games 7
Goals 6
Assists 6

Most exciting player in the #UCL? 👌 pic.twitter.com/TDX0JpORIx

— Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) September 27, 2017

Undoubtedly the biggest transfer of the summer was PSG signing Neymar from Barcelona for over £200 million. At odds of 9/2 and after such an impressive start to their 2017/18 campaign, both domestic and continental, the Brazilian star appears to be giving them the edge they need. At 80/1 odds, Monaco aren’t expected to cause any upsets this season in Europe, but they do have a knack of reaching the latter stages.

After making a below-par start to their domestic campaign and suffering 3-0 defeat in Paris already in the group stage, Bayern Munich sacked Carlo Ancelotti and brought former coach Jupp Heynckes. The last time he was coach, the Bavarian giants won the Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup treble in 2013. Borussia Dortmund at 70/1 and RB Leipzig at 100/1 are viewed as unlikely to make a serious impression.

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Romelu Lukaku at Manchester United:

Games 9
Goals 10

Top scorer in the #UCL this season? 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/jlP4ri5ZBI

— Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) September 27, 2017

Manchester City at 8/1 are seen as the favourites amongst the English teams, with Guardiola’s side investing heavily again in the summer and making a powerful start in the Premier League. Across town, Manchester United have begun the campaign just as impressively, and on the back of last season’s Europa League triumph, Mourinho has his sights firmly set on Champions League glory.

Amongst the five English sides competing this season, after winning the Premier League last season, their resilience, Chelsea making a serious push cannot be ignored and they’re a tempting 16/1 option. Tottenham at 25/1 and Liverpool at 30/1 are seen as good options to reach the latter stages of the competition, but unlikely to be lifting the trophy.

Italian sides mounting a serious challenge can never be ruled out, so to finish our look at the strongest teams, Juventus is always a strong possibility at 16/1 given their European pedigree. Napoli can blow hot and cold in Europe, which is reflected by their 25/1 odds, whilst Roma at 100/1 are hardly considered as contenders.

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