Leagues around Europe are finally beginning to get underway once more, so what better time to indulge in the bet that keeps on banging for your buck, namely a league title treble. Changings of the gaffer are expected to lead to changings of the guard in both Spain and Germany whilst Gala are expected to dominate again in Turkey as part of our 15/1 three-fold.
Real Madrid to win La Liga @ 6/5
Barcelona may have signed Neymar, whilst Real still sweat over Gareth Bale, but in the management stakes Carlo Ancelotti surely trumps new Blaugrana head honcho Tata Martino.
Whilst the Argentinean begins his first season in Europe, his Los Blancos counterpart has an intimate knowledge of how to succeed at a top club on the continent, having won league titles in Italy, England and France.
The Catalans may have finished some 15 points ahead of their bitter foes last term, but Jose Mourinho’s protracted and acrimonious departure must have played it’s part in the margin of supremacy and with a more harmonious atmosphere under the Italian they can hold off a Barca side robbed of their Guardiola-era mystique after the Champions League annihilation at the hands of Bayern Munich.
Borussia Dortmund to win Bundesliga @ 3/1
Dortmund may have lost Mario Gotze to Bayern, but they’ve replaced him with two equally dangerous players in Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and they’ve already beaten Bayern Munich in the German Super Cup this season.
Last year’s imperious champions’ squad is now so star-studded that maintaining harmony within it may prove beyond Pep Guardiola as he seeks to impose his own philosophy on a group of players that must surely see little reason to change their methods and Dortmund can take advantage to land their third title in four seasons.
Galatasary to win the Turkish Lig @ 3/4
Like Dortmund, the Cimbom have sent out a heartening call to arms for their passionate fans after beating their closest rivals (Fenerbahce) in their nation’s Super Cup.
They’ve beaten Porto and Arsenal during pre-season and should be able to make a better start to the campaign than when winning the league by 10 points in 2012/13 – when they failed to win nine of their first 17 games – thanks to having January signings Didier Drogba and Wesley Schneider on hand from the get go.
Felipe Melo and Umut Bulut have made their loan moves permanent after impressing last year and set-piece specialist Erman Kilic – who registered 12 assists for Sivasspor last season – has also arrived at the Turk Telecom Arena during the summer. The latter signing should provide plenty of ammunition for Drogba as Gala seek to add an even greater goal-threat to what was the division’s best defence last term.