English Champions League Prospects Ahead of New Season
The Champions League has been dominated by Spanish clubs for the last few years, with a Spanish team winning the last five and seven of the last ten. One team that broke the dominance from Spain was Chelsea, who lifted the Champions League trophy for England in 2012, but won't be back for more this coming season. Instead it will be left to Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham to fight for English glory on the European stage, and as we saw last season with Liverpool, it is possible for an English team to make their mark.
If there is an English winner of the competition then the betting markets suggest that it will be Manchester City, they are currently 11/2 favourites alongside Barcelona to lift the title. However, it isn't just City that you need to watch out for, the other three teams will all fancy their chances of causing shockwaves around Europe and lifting the trophy. While City are in the category of genuine contenders for the crown this season, the other three teams would fall into the 'outsiders' category, and while they do have a chance of winning, their chances rely on other teams not being at their best. In a one off game anything can happen, but there would likely have to be numerous shocks for either of the other teams to win.
Liverpool will be the team that are the most desperate to win this season after reaching the final and losing in that to Real Madrid last season. It was a very disappointing night for Liverpool, where a number of things didn't go their way and they will be looking to put a few things right this season. Both Tottenham and Manchester United showed us last season that they have the ability to beat anyone over a one-off game, but whether they have the ability to go far in a tournament like this and keep beating top teams remains to be seen. They have the quality, but whether they are ready this season for is something that is far from assured.
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Odds to Win the Champions League
As previously mentioned, Manchster City go into the Champions League as the joint favourites at 11/2 with Barcelona. They are the best hope for English teams this season, and are rightfully priced as the best chance to win it. Behind them, the other three English teams are priced up at double figure prices with Liverpool leading the way at 12/1. They have a point to prove after last season, and if they can bounce back then they can beat anyone on their day. Next up are Manchester United, who are priced up at 14/1 and while this may be tough for them to win, they do know they can hold their own and beat anyone in a one-off game. The same can be said about Tottenham, who at 22/1 are the biggest priced team from England in the competition. They can cause a shock or two, but causing enough to lift the title may be asking a little too much of them.