CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL: BETTING PREVIEW

The UEFA Champions League Final will take place this Sunday at Portugal’s Estadio da Luz. Two of Europe’s biggest teams collide for their chance to steal the headlines and win football’s ultimate club prize.

Join us as we preview the final game of the competition and give you some of the most exciting betting options for the 19/20 Champions League Final.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BETTING

Paris Saint-Germain

Having fulfilled all of their domestic obligations, Paris Saint-Germain enter the Champions League Final with the monumental possibility of securing their fourth trophy of the season.

Although a convincing 3-0 scoreline against RB Leipzig earlier this week helped secure their spot in the UCL final, the competition has by no means been an easy undertaking for PSG. 

After topping a group that included Real Madrid, Club Brugge and Galatasaray, the Parisians left their first round of 16 game wounded, suffering their first defeat (2-1) at the hands of Dortmund. From then on it was victory after victory for Tuchel’s men. Goals from Neymar and Velasco saw PSG past their German opposition, while Marquinhos and Choupo-Moting both left it late to overturn a 1-0 loss against Atalanta in the quarter-finals.

Against Bayern Munich, PSG will undoubtedly rely on their frightening attacking force of Neymar at 7/5 (2.40) to score anytime, Kylian Mbappé at 11/10 (2.10), and Angel Di Maria at 11/4 (3.75), to launch deadly counter-attacks through their incredible speed and sensational skills. At the other end of the pitch, Thiago Silva will captain the squad and once again lead the defence, in what could be the Brazilian’s last game with the French champions.

Bayern Munich

It’s been nothing but handing out thrashings for the German champions in a run that has positioned them to fight for their sixth UEFA Champions League trophy.

After smashing through the group stages with a perfect 6-0-0 record against Tottenham, Olympiacos and Red Star Belgrade, Bayern Munich easily brushed aside Chelsea in the round of 16, before completely dismantling Barcelona in a historic 8-2 victory. A convincing 3-0 win in the semi-finals earlier this week ended the Lyon fairytale run and gave the Bavarians their well-deserved entry into the final.

The German machine certainly looks capable of overpowering any opposition they face, and everything seems set for Robert Lewandowski to complete a fantastic record of scoring in every single match during the tournament. The chances of FC Bayern’s talismanic Polish striker getting on the score sheet are calculated at 4/7 (1.57).

Although the German champions are backed by an imperious record of 28 unbeaten games, PSG will present a threat. With the two most expensive signings in world football leading the line, the threat of goals from PSG is real. FC Bayern will need to be disciplined at the back to avoid a goal fest that could see the final run away from them.


PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN VS BAYERN MUNICH: CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

Bayern Munich come out as favourites at 10/9 (2.11) to win, within the 90 minutes, while Paris Saint-Germain measure up at 11/5 (3.20). With both teams fielding some of the best attacking talent on the planet, why not wager on total goals over 3.5 at 19/20 (1.95)?


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PREVIEW: BUNDESLIGA RETURN

With lockdown restrictions being slowly lifted around Europe, authorities in Germany have greenlit the continuation of the 2019/2020 Bundesliga season.

The Bundesliga is set to become the first big European football league to resume play, with games due to recommence on Saturday 16th May. Teams will continue from matchday 26, allowing all top-flight German clubs to play their remaining league fixtures and providing sports fans with some live action to go alongside the esports they’ve been enjoying.

With everything still to play for in the Bundesliga, German teams will look to hit the ground running, and win vital points in their respective battles for Champions League and Europa League qualification, and the fight against relegation.

League title and the battle for the Champions League

Having established a four point gap at the top of the table, reigning champions Bayern Munich are the team most likely to win the league. Having commenced the season with a rocky start that led to the dismissal of their head coach, Niko Kovac, Bayern Munich have stabilised under the guidance of Hans-Dieter Flick and the extraordinary form of lead striker Robert Lewandowski. Bayern have a Champions League place all but in the bag and look poised to secure their eighth Bundesliga title in eight years.

If anyone can beat Bayern to the title, it’s second-place Borussia Dortmund, thanks to their highly impressive attacking power. With English wonderkid, Jadon Sancho, blazing a trail through the league, and the impressive, Erling Haaland, seemingly scoring with every other touch he takes, Dortmund have a better shot than most to challenge for the top spot. On 26th May, Dortmund will perhaps have their best chance to overtake their rivals, as they welcome Bayern to Signal Iduna Park.

Resuming their campaign in third place, RB Leipzig will look to put pressure on the top two teams, and add vital points to the 50 that they have already accumulated. With an exciting team and an influential head couch, RB Leipzig have had incredible results over the season, both domestically and in Europe. Finishing in the Champions League places, and capitalising on the progress they’ve made this year, is a must.

Borussia Monchengladbach enjoyed an incredible start to their campaign, superseding the expectations of critics and impressing football fans around Europe as they lead the league for much of the season. Whilst the team has admittedly tailed off from their fantastic start, Borussia Monchengladbach looked like they had gotten back on track, following their local derby victory in the last game before the shutdown. They’ll hope to come out the blocks firing, like at the beginning of the season, when the campaign resumes.

The fight for Europa League

Bayer Leverkusen find themselves in fifth place, just two points behind Borussia Monchengladbach, and in the fight for Champions League places as much as for the Europa. Having dazzled the league through some incredible spells over the season, and with a hefty buffer over the teams below them, Bayer Leverkusen will look to stay hot on the heels of Monchengladbach above them.

Sixth-place Schalke 04 find themselves in a Europa League qualification position with the restart of the Bundesliga. Ten points off the Champions League positions, Schalke 04 will be looking to put some distance between themselves and Wolfsburg, who are only a point behind.

Wolfsburg, Freiburg and Hoffenheim resume the league just a few points off the Schalke and final qualification spot for the Europa League. With each of these clubs having incredible periods of form throughout the season – Wolfsburg specifically went on an impressive unbeaten run – anything could happen in the fight for European places.

The battle to avoid relegation

With the bottom two teams relegated from the Bundesliga each season, and third from bottom having to suffer through a playoff with the third-placed team from the division below, Fortuna Düsseldorf, Werder Bremen and SC Paderborn 07 will view the restart as an opportunity to bag some points and save themselves from the possibility of demotion.

Bundesliga Betting

With the sporting world itching to return to normality, the resumption of the Bundesliga gives football fans a great opportunity to enjoy and tune-in to the best German football has to offer. Keep up to date and enjoy Bundesliga betting markets on all the fantastic fixtures scheduled for the return of the Bundesliga, at EnergyBet here.

Top Five Most Expensive Summer Transfers 2016

No sooner had José Mourinho taken the helm of Manchester United than he promptly smashed the world transfer record by signing Paul Pogba, for an astronomical €105,000,000, from Juventus. Due, in large part, to hugely expensive TV deals, the value of players has skyrocketed since 1968, when Pietro Anastasi went from Varese to Juventus for a lowly €500,000. Not taking inflation into account, you could buy 1968’s most expensive player 178 times for the price of Paul Pogba in 2016.

  • Obviously Paul Pogba tops the list as the most expensive summer signing, by going to Manchester United for €105,000,000. Pogba scored 34 goals in 178 appearances for the Bianconeri. Definitely well-played by Juventus, considering that he’d transferred from United to Juventus back in 2012 for a ‘measly’ sum of €1,000,000.
  • After letting Pogba go, Juventus quickly put their money to good use, signing the 2015/16 Serie A top-scorer Gonzalo Higuain, for €90,000,000 – creating another one of the most expensive footballs transfers of all-time. Though initially criticised for being a little overweight, Higuain proved himself by scoring the winning goal, against Fiorentina, in his debut appearance.
  • It’s no secret that the Chinese Super League is looking to make a name for itself by bringing in a few big veteran names. They’ve made Graziano Pellè the 5’th highest paid footballer in the world, paying him an eye-watering €16,000,000 per year! Who is Graziano Pellè, and why is he paid so much? Good question! It’s Hulk, however, who takes third place in our list, thanks to transferring to Shanghai SIPG for a princely sum of €56,000,000. He’ll by taking home a cool €375,000 a week in China, so we doubt he’ll miss the Champions League too much. Hulk found the net 75 times in 144 games with Zenit Saint Petersburg.
  • League titles and trophies are something Pep Guardiola has become used to after his time at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, and he’ll be remembered for signing the talented John Stones, from Everton, for a serious €55,600,000, in his pursuit of the Premier League title. This makes Stones the second most expensive defender of all-time, behind David Luiz. Stones, together with Vincent Kompany, could prove to be an impenetrable centre back pair.
  • Manchester City’s midfield got a bit more interesting when it was announced that Leroy Sané would join The Citizens, for a sum or €50,000,000, meaning the 20-year old attacking midfielder takes fifth place on our list. Sané may well prove to be an important asset in Pep’s hunt for silverware, as he’s already impressed by finding he back of the net 13 times in 57 games for Schalke 04.

As of May 2016, a total of €929,906,000 had been spent during the summer transfer window, with the average Premier League transfer fee being roughly €12,116,100.
The Manchester heavyweights have been the biggest spenders so far, but still haven’t even spent half of their total revenue. Manchester United have spent €184,166,000 – only 40% of their total revenue of €464,611,000. Meanwhile rivals Manchester City are close behind, having spent €174,500,000 – or 42% of their €412,250,000 revenue.
Writing as an A.C. Milan supporter has almost made me curl into a fetal position and cry. A.C Milan and Real Madrid combined have only spent a total of €55,747,500 so far, whilst even Aston Villa’s new owner has opened his wallet and gone on a shopping spree worth €57,937,600.

 

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