Which Teams Will Shine in the Bundesliga, La Liga, Ligue 1 and Serie A This Season?
It barely seems just a few days ago that the football league season in Europe was brought to a close with Liverpool claiming the Champions League title in Madrid with a 2-0 victory over Tottenham. Partly the reason for that is because we have had a number of tournaments taking place around the world over the summer to help fill the void left by the off-season including the FIFA Women’s World Cup, the Copa America and the African Cup of Nations.
However, pre-season training has already started for the vast majority of teams across Europe ahead of the start of the season across the continent which for most of the leagues, will begin in August. Before then teams will be busy in the transfer market while the window remains open, trying to secure the deal to improve their fortunes next season, as well as playing in a number of pre-season friendlies to sharpen themselves up ahead of the big kick off.
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For fans, it is an exciting time watching their club take shape over the pre-season and it is also a time when many of them decide to have a bet on who will win some of the top leagues around Europe this season. We have planned articles on how things may pan out in the Premier League and the Football League’s three divisions, which will be available on site nearer the start of this season, so we are instead going to look at how things may pan out in four big league’s around Europe.
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Let’s now take a look at which teams we think will be the ones challenging for top honours in Europe this season in the four major leagues in Spain, Italy, Germany and France starting with the latter.
Ligue 1 – Championship Contenders
Having won Ligue 1 by a total of 16 points last season, despite a poor run of form towards the end of the season which saw most of their defeats inflicted when the title was already won, I expect Paris St Germain to once again be the title winners in France this coming season, even if their star man Neymar does manage to force through his expected move away from the club.
In truth, Paris are so much stronger than any other team in Ligue 1 at the moment that even losing a player of Neymar’s calibre won’t hurt the team unduly in the league and with an equally big name likely to come in as his replacement, or even a couple of names if the rumours of a player swap deal are true, then Paris’ actual squad could be stronger after the move.
The likes of Lyon, Lille, St Etienne and Marseille will likely push PSG the hardest but I still expect them all to be some way off the pace set by the Champions and as such, PSG would be my obvious pick here to win the title and they probably stand as good a chance of any team of earning you a payout on the bet365 offer mentioned above.
Bundesliga I – Championship Contenders
Last season, Dortmund threw away a healthy points lead over Bayern Munich over the second half of the Bundesliga season to let Bayern in to claim the title once again and in truth, I cannot see anyone other than these two teams battling it out in Germany once again this season.
Both sides have seen players leave the club, in Bayern’s case Mats Hummels joined Dortmund, and of the two I think Dortmund have made the more eye-catching purchases and probably improved their team the most so far during pre-season.
That said, I am still not sure they have done enough to claw back the advantage Bayern had on them over last season and as such, I am tipping Bayern Munich once again to rule the roost in Germany, with Dortmund a clear second well ahead of the likes of Leverkusen, Hoffenheim or Borussia Moenchengladbach in third.
Serie A – Championship Contenders
I was tempted to write just a one word answer here, Juventus, and leave it at that but I think you will probably want to know why I am backing the Old Lady of Turin to win yet another Serie A title.
The answer is simple, Juventus are so much stronger than any other Serie A team. They have a much better squad and have improved that squad this season with a number of signings including Adrien Rabiot from PSG and Aaron Ramsey from Arsenal. They were already miles ahead of the next best team in Serie A, Napoli, and now that gap is only greater.
With Buffon back in goal, Ronaldo in attack and the new talent coming in to add to an already burgeoning squad of very strong players, Juventus should once again win Serie A at a canter with the likes of Milan, Inter, AS Roma, Lazio and Napoli all trailing behind in their wake.
La Liga – Championship Contenders
Could this season be one of change in La Liga? I feel it will be for as while Barcelona still remain a potent force, I think Atletico, having lost Griezmann (to Barcelona), Godin and Rodri during the pre-season are going to find things somewhat more difficult this time around to match Barcelona and their city rivals Real Madrid.
Zinedine Zidane will want to put his Real Madrid team back on top of the pile and having spent a great deal on the likes of Ferland Mendy, Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Eder Militao over the pre-season, with more players expected to come in, real could be set to give Barcelona a stern challenge for the first time in a couple of years.
Valencia too should be stronger but I still feel they are well off the quality of the top two. I see this as being a real two horse race and the two games between the teams in La Liga could well be huge as to who wins the title. If forced, I’d still back Barcelona to just edge things, but expect this to be a close run affair.