Unprecedented injury problems, a lack of preseason preparation, congested fixture lists and the highest goals tally across some of Europe’s major leagues for decades. The 2020/2021 season has kicked off with a bang.
The football experts predicted the big boys to run away with their domestic leagues across the board but upsets have already been felt leading to a wide range of betting sites massively adjusting their title odds.
Following weekly football prediction for each round of matches will no doubt keep you ahead of the pace, but which of Europe’s leagues are currently experiencing the biggest upheavals?
Nine time Juve lie six points off the pace
Juventus have been the unquestionable force in Italian football for some time now, but with the sacking of a succession of managers, questions are starting to be asked of The Old Lady.
The promotion of club legend and midfield maestro Andrea Pirlo to his first fully fledged managerial post after just a handful of games in charge of the youth team has raised a number of eyebrows.
Although Pirlo still remains unbeaten, Juventus have struggled to break down teams, racking up a spate of draws leaving them chasing the likes of Roma and Napoli.
But it is the resurgence of AC Milan with current top goalscorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic who are currently leading the points tally.
Defending champions Juventus started the season off at 1.85 to retain their title but are now at a whopping 3.50 in a number of odds markets. Perhaps it could be time to cash in.
Real shake up in Spain
The summer headlines coming out of Spain swirled like hungry sharks around FC Barcelona. Messi set to depart his boyhood club, the appointment of Dutchman and former player Ronald Koeman as well as a spate of very public boardroom disputes.
The upheaval has affected Barcelona on the pitch also, the Catalans are currently lying a massive ten points off the pace and behind La Liga leaders Real Sociedad.
The San Sebastian outfit have made a blistering start to the Spanish season and are hoping to mount a serious challenge that would see the first team outside of the big three to win a La Liga title in seventeen years.
Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid have been less than impressive since the new season got underway. Super giants Barcelona and Real Madrid who still emerge as favourites have had their odds boosted from 2.88 and 1.67 to 3.30 and 2.50 respectively.
Klopp’s casualty list
Although a tighter contest across the English Channel, the unlikely lads are still leading the line ahead of the predicted favourites.
Current leaders in Jose Mourinho’s Spurs edge just ahead of defending champions Liverpool. Although that doesn’t really tell the full story. There are just six points currently between top spot and eleventh placed Manchester City.
Combine that with the mixed form of Pep Guardiola’s oil rich Manchester City and Liverpool’s central defence having a hatchet job taken to it after four players have been listed as injured, then all bets are really off.
Manchester City and Liverpool are still favourites but currently have their odds boosted to around 2.60 apiece.
Could we be seeing a season that will end in a whole host of newly crowned champions across Europe? Only time will tell.