European League Update
This entry was posted on Sunday, January 19th, 2014
Boring, Boring Europe
With three of Europe’s top five leagues as finished as Nicolas Anelka’s chances are of being named a ‘Righteous Gentile’ by Yad Vashem, it is left to the Premier League and la Liga to provide any sort of internal competition at all.
In Italy, Juventus, setting all sorts of records, are eight points clear of nearest rivals Roma, for whom Gervino is the central striker. No surprise then that Paddy Power make the Old Lady 1/14 to win the title.
It is a similar story in Germany where Pep + Bayern – Dortmund’s injured players have made Munich a 1.02 shot with Betfair. They currently stand seven points clear of second-place Bayer Leverkusen, with a game in hand. And Leverkusen got their backsides tanned by David Moyes’ Manchester United. ‘Nuff said, as it was once cool to say.
And whatever the French equivalent of ‘fat lady sings’ must also be disregarded in Ligue Un, where Zlatan and co may just only be five clear of Monaco, but will no doubt splash the cash again this month, including the possible return home of Paul Pogba from Juve. Plus, Monaco are managed by Claudio Ranieri, a man who couldn’t even win anything at Chelsea. Ladbrokes offer another 1/14 on Laurent Blanc’s men.
The Premier League title chase remains thrilling of course, but that is out of the remit of this piece. Instead, we head to la Liga, where for once a Madrid fighting in the top two does not refer to Real. We think Atleti are great value to go all the way, and at 8 with Betfair, a cheeky punt is irresistible.