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Early Champions League and Europa League Tips

16th September 2018

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The domestic competitions are already in full swing and there's also been the first international break of the 2018-19 season. Just around the corner are the first games of the Champions League and Europa League group stages, but which teams are capable of continental glory? We take a look at some of the most interesting tips to win both competitions.


Champions League

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Despite their phenomenal run to the 2017-18 final, Liverpool aren't considered to be amongst the favourites to win the Champions League this time around. This will inevitably alert those looking at the lengthier odds, with the Reds priced at 14/1 looking a good opportunity when signing up with Sky Bet via Oddschecker, using the £20 free bet offer as an interesting long-term punt.

Considering that Klopp's men have also made an excellent start to the 2018-19 Premier League campaign, as one of only three sides in the English elite to win all four of their opening four games of the season, there's every reason to believe the Anfield aces could go one better in the Champions League this time around.

Otherwise, the picture painted by the odds with most of the popular online bookmakers, yet again, places familiar faces amongst the favourites. The shortest odds, unsurprisingly, are found for habitual contenders such as Real Madrid and Barcelona, Juventus and PSG, or German giants Bayern Munich. Man City are also one of the firm favourites, even though Guardiola's side fell short against none other than Liverpool last season.


Europa League

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So often a competition that can spring plenty of surprises, after winning the Europa League for three straight seasons between 2014 and 2016, Sevilla are always one of the sides fancied to go all the way. However, the manager that achieved those triumphs is now leading the new era at Arsenal, and Unai Emery will undoubtedly want to continue his European love affair with the Gunners, who at 9/1 are considered amongst the favourites with the Spaniard at the helm.

Outright favourites with most bookmakers are Chelsea, with Italian coach Maurizio Sarri having led the Blues to an excellent start in the Premier League. Nevertheless, the experienced 59-year-old didn't win a single trophy with former club Napoli, despite making them a stronger contender in Serie A during his three-year spell in charge.

There's certainly a strong list of potential contenders in the Europa League this season, including strong continental campaigners such as AC Milan and Bayer Leverkusen, but if you're looking for a more interesting option, Spanish side Real Betis as a 40/1 outsider is not to be sniffed at. Quique Setien's side are playing great football and look to be heading into a new golden age, plus they're keen to emulate the European success of their crosstown rivals, Sevilla.

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