Enhanced multiples are always the order of the day at bwin.com and the odds moguls have given several league title accumulators a shot in the arm ahead of the new campaign.
However, unlike the aforementioned pundit, your correspondent is leaning towards complete status-quo stasis across Europe’s top four leagues next term.
Chelsea, FC Bayern Munchen, Barcelona and Juventus have been boosted from 6/1 to 7/1 to retain their domestic crowns.
Read on for the rationale…
Chelsea to win the Premier League @ 27/20
Having taken the championship by a decent eight-point margin last term, the Blues will not be grossly perturbed by their rivals’ attempts to close the gap.
Arsenal have yet to do any significant outfield business, while City have been pre-occupied with signing nationality rather than quality.
Manchester United have made some superb signings, but working out how to fit them all into the same team will take some time, while Louis van Gaal also has their rotten away form to rectify.
FC Bayern to win the Bundesliga @ 3/25
Wolfsburg were FCB’S closest pursuers last season, finishing ten points off Josep Guardiola’s men, who were winning their third consecutive title.
Die Wolfe must juggle Champions League duties with the pursuit of the Bavarians this time around, while star player Kevin de Bruyne may yet move on.
Barcelona to win La Liga @ 73/100
Rafael Benitez’s installation at Real Madrid makes it hard to fancy Los Blancos to overturn Barca, with managing squads bulging with big egos hardly conspicuous in his past successes.
Under Luis Enrique it’s difficult to see the Blaugrana doing anything but evolving their exceptional brand of newly defensively-stringent football to title-winning effect.
Juventus to win Serie A @ 11/20
The departure of Andrea Pirlo will leave a sizeable hole in the Juve midfield, but it’s doubtful the gap will be big enough for the chasing pack to sneak through.
Antonio Conte’s dugout departure wasn’t enough to puncture the Bianconeri’s hegemony over Italian football last term, when they put 17 points between themselves and the opposition.