With the new season in sight, the bookies in black and gold at bwin.com have priced up an array of enhanced multiples predicting the winners of Europe’s elite leagues.
There are plenty of juicy prices to be snapped up thanks to this widespread enlarging of the odds, but the most tantalising of all the punts on offer has to be the 7/1 saying Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are crowned champions of their respective leagues at the end of the season.
Convincing cases can be made for each, rendering such a sizeable wager one very much worth entertaining.
Chelsea to win the Premier League @ 27/20
Having cruised to the 2014/15 title, the Blues will be the team to beat once again this time around.
In Radamel Falcao, they have added more fire power to an already-potent attack, while a near-impenetrable defence is also set for a bolstering too judging by the club’s recent moves in the transfer market.
Having lured Petr Cech across London, Arsenal are anticipated to run Chelsea closer in the title race this term, but upgrading their goalkeeper alone won’t be enough to see them overhaul the Blues.
Of their foes based in Manchester, City are still lacking in defence, while it’s difficult to envisage United overturning the 17-point deficit they finished behind the Blues with the club if they don’t draft in leading practitioners at centre-back and up front.
In terms of number of rivals, Chelsea have the fiercest competition, but at this stage, few would doubt they’re best-placed to win the title.
Bayern to win the Bundesliga @ 3/25
The price says it all; Bayern are almost as assured of the German championship as Celtic are in Scotland, essentially whittling this treble down to a double.
Borussia Dortmund have been the only side in the past six years able to stop the Bavarian behemoths reigning supreme, though they now find themselves in a transitional phase with a new coach following a disastrous 2014/15 edition.
Wolfsburg have a starting XI capable of challenging for the Bundesliga crown, but they lack Bayern’s depth and don’t boast the same calibre of coach.
Die Roten won the title by ten points last time, though the margin could’ve been far greater had they not cantered through the final weeks of the campaign.
Real Madrid to win La Liga @ 8/5
With the fearsome threesome leading the line at Barcelona, overhauling Los Blaugrana will take some doing, but Real’s star-studded side is more than capable of achieving the goal.
Despite the otherworldly form of Barca trio Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi last term, Los Blancos finished just two points behind the eventual champions in 2014/15.
In Rafa Benitez they have a coach whose area of expertise is winning trophies and not since their 1994/95 La Liga triumph have Real gone more than three seasons without reigning in Spain.