Although a few months remain on the schedule for Europe’s top domestic soccer leagues, a glance at championship odds in the futures market shows that some title races are already decided.
Reigning Champions League title holder Liverpool is on pace to break a host of English top-flight records, and bettors at FanDuel Sportsbook have to lay -100000 (a $1,000 wager wins $1) on the Reds to hoist the EPL trophy.
Liverpool has 24 wins and one draw in its first 25 matches and is banging on the door of history, with its sights set on joining Arsenal’s 2003 “Invincibles” team as the only English clubs to win the league with an undefeated record. The Reds are on pace to shatter Manchester City’s 2017-18 EPL total of 100 points as well.
But a few of Europe’s other most prestigious leagues are not quite settled like the EPL. Here’s a look at futures odds and where each league stands entering the stretch run of the 2019-20 campaign.
All odds via FanDuel
English Premier League
Liverpool sits a whopping 22 points ahead of second-place Manchester City. At this point, one can expect the Reds to focus on defending their Champions League title in the knockout stages that are set to start next week. But will coach Jurgen Klopp be tempted by preserving his club’s unbeaten run in England to the point it comes at the expense of their European dreams?
Spanish La Liga
As we’ve grown accustomed to seeing, the Spanish title comes down to heavyweights Real Madrid and Barcelona. Twenty-three matches into the domestic season, Los Blancos are three points ahead of Barca, but there is still a lot of soccer to be played. The clubs are set to meet in an all-important March 1 clash in Madrid that will go a long way in deciding who is crowned the 2020 champion.
Real Madrid -210
Atletico Madrid +10000
Real Sociedad +10000
Italian Serie A
Last year, Juventus became the first team to win eight consecutive domestic titles in Europe’s top five leagues, and star forward Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to win the EPL, La Liga and Serie A over the span of a career.
The Italian heavyweights are -155 favorites to win their ninth straight league championship despite their second-place position entering the weekend. Juve is tied with Inter Milan at 54 points – one point above third-place Lazio – but Inter owns the tiebreaker on goal differential.
With Ronaldo and Juventus striving for a European title, it will be interesting to see how their domestic title defense is impacted by their effort in Champions League.
Inter Milan +220
AS Roma +10000
Like Italy, Germany’s top tier is shaping up for an exciting finish that may see a longstanding streak come to an end. Bayern Munich has won seven consecutive Bundesliga titles, and while it is favored to make it eight straight by the time the dust settles, this year’s race is a lot closer than in previous seasons.
Bayern has claimed 43 points in their first 21 domestic matches, just one point above league upstart RB Leipzig and four points ahead of longtime rival Borussia Dortmund. Borussia Monchengladbach is also four points behind the longtime German giants, but sits with a game in hand. The prospects are strong for a thrilling conclusion, especially as Bayern and Leipzig navigate the Champions League knockout rounds.
Bayern Munich -240
RB Leipzig +360
Borussia Dortmund +750
Borussia Monchengladbach +2900
Bayer Leverkusen +8000
French Ligue 1
Paris Saint-Germain is on its way to its third straight domestic crown, enjoying a comfortable 12-point lead over second-place Marseille heading into Matchweek 25. PSG is -10000 at DraftKings Sportsbook to stand at the top of Ligue 1 at the end of the season.
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