The UCL 2018 Battle
This season of the Champions League has given much to talk about after the double title won by the Real Madrid. Not only because of the entry of “new” teams into the competition but because of the surprise that some small teams have shown a lot of strength against the bigger teams. Another point to note is that the same teams of last season, among them: Real Madrid, Paris Saint-German, Manchester City, Juventus, FC Barcelona, Bayern München aim to be the winners of the title.
The 2017-2018 season should offer a lot of surprises. Even in the rounds to qualify. Last year, in the playoffs for the qualifiers, Apoel, a team that almost always qualifies, was eliminated by FC Copenhagen. Another team that qualified was Mönchengladbach which eliminated the Young Boys. To the sadness of some italian fans, Roma was left out to be removed by Porto. After defining the groups, some big teams earned an “easy” group. For example, SSC Napoli is in the group with the weakest teams, in group B is the only team that has double digits in points with a total of 11 points, 3 wins, 2 draws and 1 defeat.
At the beginning of the group phase very predictable results were expected, and so with the most powerful teams. FC Barcelona beat Celtic 7-0. Bayern München received Rostov at home and scored 5-0. Another big team that obtained a triumph in the first phase of groups was Atletico Madrid, 1-0 against PSV. On the second date of the group stage in the Champions League, Juventus won 4-0 at Zagreb, Real Madrid tied 2-2 with Borussia Dortmund and Leicester 1-0 at Porto. These were some results of the beginning of the first 2 weeks of the Champions League.
The bigger teams have shown that they are in good shape, have lost almost no match, despite some clashes they have had between them (For example FC Barcelona-Manchester City).
Predicting which team will get the UEFA Champions League title requires a look at the team’s most recent odds* and statistics.
6 possible candidates to the title
The 6 possible candidates with more opportunities to obtain the title and a prediction of who will win the UCL 2017-18:
1- Real Madrid: They have a good level in the Champions League, but they have had problems to win in the local league of their country. The team already has 12 UCL titles and aspire for another, but the odds are against if they fail to repair their problem in attack and defense. This would be the third crown for Zidane in a row.
2- Manchester City: With the new coach, Pep Guardiola, have a high probability of reaching very far in the tournament, but like Real Madrid, they did have had problems in the local league (EPL). The City has already won against FC Barcelona, the coach knows how his ex team plays, but there are still 2 important phases of UCL. The odds for the Man City at Bet365 are at 11.00*.
3- Bayern München: The German team is always a strong candidate to win the title, but they have many doubts as to which lineup they should use to face Spanish teams.
4- Sevilla: is a small team, but very dangerous as As Roma. The Spanish team knows how to beat the big teams, they always play with a lot of passion. They have 11 points, they are in the second place in Group H, they have won Lyon and tied with Juventus. The odds for the Sevilla team at Bet365 are at 41.00*.
5- FC Barcelona is the favourite team to win the UEFA Champions League, they have good results in the group stage and are expected to easily move into the next stages. Some recurring defense issues have affected team performance.
6- Paris Saint-Germain is one the challenger. Past season has been rough for the Parisian team (especially after the Barcelona remuntada in quarterfinals). With the new MCN (Mbappé, Cavani, Neymar) and the brilliant victory against Bayern Munchen, PSG has strong reasons to hope a better end in 2018.
Bonus: Chelsea after its brilliant comeback last year is possibly on the short list.
Prediction: PSG to win UCL 5/1 at Paddy Power*.
Full Odds for the ECL Winner 2018:
*Odds being correct at time of publishing