The favourites for winning the European top five leagues in the 20201/2022 season

6.9.2021.  
The favourites for winning the European top five leagues in the 20201/2022 season

Only one team in the top five leagues retained its title as the champion in the previous season. With major upsets happening in Spain, Italy, and particularly France. But how will the silverware battle fair out this season? Who are the title favourites in top five leagues for the 2021/2022 season?


Take a look at what the oddsmakers think regarding the chances of Bayern, Inter, Atletico Madrid, Manchester City, and Lille retaining their titles, as well as who is poised to replace them.


Ligue 1 title favourites


Paris Saint-Germain - 1.07


Starting with Ligue 1 just to spoil the tension you must've felt when anticipating the favourites for the French champion. PSG is an even bigger favourite than last year when they were labelled with a 1.12 odd. How could they not with the transfer window they had, bringing in Gianlugi Donnarumma, Gini Wijnaldum, Sergio Ramos, Achraf Hakimi, and Lionel Messi?


Yet, the Saints were heavy favourites last season too but Neymar and Kylin Mbappe allowed for Lille to triumph even though the odds for that were 29. Now, Lyon has a better chance than last season according to the bookies, despite losing their captain and several other players. The odds for their triumph is 19, while Lille, who lost its manager to Nice has the same odds as them, at 26.


Yet, PSG is a lock. A title loss would be an even greater miracle than what Leicester pulled off in the Premier League that famed year. Yet, it is nearly impossible. Especially with the added stability of Mauricio Pochettino getting a contract extension despite losing the title although the blame is shared with Thomas Tuchel.


Bundesliga


Bayern Munich - 1.22


The only team that defended its title last season in the top five leagues is gunning for its 10th straight title win. Something that Juventus failed to achieve last season. Now the Bavarians have a higher odd on them than last year, mostly due to the departure of Hansi Flick. Yet, Bayern capitalized by bringing their rare title-contender's manager in Julian Nagelsmann.


The side also brought two the Red Bulls' club key players in Marcel Sabitzer and Dayot Upamecano. While keeping all of its important players. With Robert Lewandowski being the best player in the world for two seasons straight, Bayern can't miss this Grand Slam point.


Borussia Dortmund - 6.5


Always the runner up, never getting sprayed with beer at the end of the season. Or at least not in a long time. Borussia Dortmund was only third last season and was seriously risking a Champions League placement for the longest time. Now the club is attacking Bayern with a new manager in Marco Rose and possibly with quite the belief they could do it. As that must be the sole reason why Erling Haaland wasn't sold this summer for much more than he will bring next year due to his release clause.


BVB is hunting for a trophy with their generational talent. The side lost Jadon Sancho, one of the best transfers of the season, but replaced him with Donyell Malen from PSV for €30,000,000. The Westfalen club also brought in a goalkeeper that should try to elevate the levels between the posts, Gregor Kobel, for €15,000,000.


RB Leipzig - 11


Last season's runner ups have been decimated by the champions and rulers of Germany yet their new manager Jesse Marsch claims he has the deepest squad in the league. Bold words from a man who made the jump from Red Bull Salzburg where he did do a great job. Now, he will have less time to make a squad as the big clubs are constantly looking for deals in Leipzig.


RB made some of its own this summer though, bringing in Andre Silva for €35,000,000. Last season's second-best goalscorer gives hope that Bayern can be challenged. He will be alternated with Brian Brobbey, a top prospect coming from Ajax. Bundesliga alumn Benjamin Henrichs arrived back from Monaco, while the rest of the signings like Josko Gvardiol (19) and Ilaix Moriba (18) might need a transitional season. All in all, if Marsch makes a compelling title contention he might get picked up by a world-class team too.


La Liga


Real Madrid - 2.1


With all due respect to the bookies but it seems that they made this assessment based on name-value not the actualities of the previous season and this summer. Real Madrid lost the title last year, made an uninspiring managerial change by bringing in Carlo Ancelotti back, and only signed youngster Eduardo Camavinga this summer for €31,000,000. The teenager who was at least self-conscious enough to label his own performances last season as mediocre.


Real has an ageing squad with Toni Kroos and Luka Modric not having proper replacements. Furthermore, after two years of fumbling with injuries, few fans at the Santiago Bernabeu expect superstardom from Eden Hazard. Far from it. Karim Benzema and the inconsistent Gareth Bale don't seem like enough for Real to battle with both ageing and unproven squad over 38 games. To add to the troubles, the club's president Florentino Perez saw some of its private conversations from throughout the years leak to the public and the man was badmouthing everyone. Which certainly damaged the atmosphere around the club, as the players and coaches must now they are on the menu when Florentino closes the doors. And checks for wiretaps.


Atletico Madrid - 3.5


Title-defenders saw their chances better double after the deadline day in which they got their former legend Antoine Griezmann. It seems that Barcelona gifted Los Colchoneros once again after giving them Luis Suarez last year, as El Pistolero was seen as a vital screw in Diego Simeone's second title.


Atleti weren't resting on their laurels and the club brought in a perfect player for Cholo's football in combative and gifted Rodrigo de Paul. The club also brought in Matheus Cunha, yet he is now going to be the third option in attack most likely. Showing just how much depth Simeone has. While his intensity is there to keep the team on the needed level from August to May. It seems that Atleti are still being underestimated by the bookies and there's money to be made there.


Barcelona - 3.75


For the first time since the 2004/2005 season, Barcelona is set to combat La Liga opponents without its greatest player ever Lionel Messi. The move came late in the window after everyone, including the Argentinian, thought he would stay. This especially counts for his friend Sergio Aguero who came to Camp Nou in order to play with Messi. Now, with another injury in a series of them, and no Messi both on and off the pitch, Kun might struggle with motivation.


The club is in a terrible financial situation and some players needed to take wage cuts in order to let the club register the signings. There have been only three of them, Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia both arriving on a free and Luuk de Jong coming on a loan aged 31. After scoring only 19 goals in 94 games for Sevilla, with only five assists too. Emerson Royal was also brought in but only to be resold. There is also negative emotion regarding Ronald Koeman and his way of conducting practices. With important players like Ousmane Dembele and Ansu Fati battling or coming back from heavy injuries, Barca seem like the outsider in the three-horse race.


Sevilla deserves an honourable mention just because of how close the side kept to the race last term and the terrific transfer dealings the club has every summer. Yet the bookies have them as major outsiders with odds of 17 for their triumph.


Premier League


Manchester City - 2.2


Winning three of the last four Premier League titles, it's not at all surprising that Manchester City are the favourites in England. Yet they will have the most competitors this year than in any before with Pep Guardiola in charge. The Spaniard got only one of his desired signings, Jack Grealish and questions remain on whether City can win a title without a proper striker. With Pep seemingly pushing Ferran Torres in front of the goal and Gabriel Jesus on the right-wing.


Yet, they sort of did it anyways last year without the injured Sergio Aguero, so why not this one? The competition is the only answer as other teams have greatly reinforced. But City still has the strongest backbone and most depth. Further increased by the €117,000,000 record signing Grealish.


Chelsea - 3.75


Last season labelled with odds of 19, Chelsea are now seen as main rivals for Manchester City. With the last summer's numerous and expensive reinforcements settled in, a Champions League triumph behind them, and Romelu Lukaku arriving in a near-100 million euros deal, how can they not be contenders?


Thomas Tuchel is a major aspect of CFC's reputation rising, with the German leading the team for only 34 games so far yet managing to make a trademark imprint. The tactician got more depth and more flavour with the loan signing of Saul Niguez from Atletico Madrid, a man who would walk into most sides in the EPL. But at Stamford Bridge, he will need to battle for it making the prospect of hungry Chelsea scary once again.


Liverpool - 5.5


Somewhat harshly disrespected. Yes, Liverpool has struggled last season but it was predominantly because of the many long-term injuries sustained in the backline. LFC's battle to the top four placement was rather impressive considering. The side wasn't active on the market and brought in only the injury-prone 22-year-old Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig.


While losing Gini Wijnaldum and few backup options like Xherdan Shaqiri. Another injury crisis might be on the card and the Reds seem only slightly better prepared for it.


Manchester United - 6.0


Making a significant improvement from last year when the bookies had them at odds of 29, Manchester United are showing just how valuable a strong transfer window is to the bookmakers. How can it not be when the Red Devils brought in Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho, and Raphael Varane?


The number would be even lower if the side was led by a proven manager, someone like Antonio Conte. With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer getting a contract extension despite being the only manager in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era to have not won a trophy for United, there are question marks regarding the dugout of the English giants.


Serie A


Juventus - 2.62


The league with the biggest question mark over it as far as the winner is concerned as there have been a lot of turbulence in Italy. The country which won the Euros this summer is coming into the new season with less enthusiasm towards its own championship due to the departure of names like Conte, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Romelu Lukaku.


Juventus failed to defend its title last summer and get 10 Scudettos in a row, so they brought back a man they sacked two summers ago in Max Allegri. Yet, Juve is coming into the new season with the aura of victory compromised as CR7 wanted out and was replaced by their former reject Moise Kean. The only major signing Manuel Locatelli was barely brought in and the club lost a figure in Gianluigi Buffon and great cover in Merih Demiral.


Inter - 3.25


Losing three key figures in Antonio Conte, Achraf Hakimi, and Romelu Lukaku yet Inter somehow managed no to lose much more. While providing solid replacements in Simone Inzaghi on the managerial position, Denzel Dumfries at RB, and Edin Dzeko and Joaquin Correa forward. Hakan Calhanoglu was taken directly off city rivals Milan and for free, being the sole upgrade of the summer though.


Nerazzurri have likely lost a bit of the edge by getting that last title, encountering strong financial issues, and losing Conte as well. It will be an uphill battle to defend the Scudetto in a race with many competitors.


Atalanta - 6


Showing consistency for several seasons now, La Dea is finally getting the respect from the bookies it deserves. Their attacking prowess makes them capable of winning any game and the team had a strong transfer window as well. Star arrival is Teun Koopmeiners, a midfielder who scores, assists, and dictates tempo, all the things Atalanta needs. Furthermore, Chelsea sold the Bergamase Davide Zapacosta, Hellas Verona lost their centre-back, Matteo Lovato, to them, while Giuseppe Pezzella arrived on loan.


The club's biggest purchase was the goalkeeper Juan Musso who was paid €20,000,000, becoming the second-biggest signing of the club that dominated the transfer windows in the past. After ranking third for three seasons straight, Gian Pierro Gasperini will make his attacking side dream of making the next step in what is a transitional season for the top two favourites.


Roma - 9


Placed in the chances above Milan despite the Rossoneri getting the Champions League spot last season, Roma is enjoying the Jose Mourinho effect. The Special One is their biggest signing, although officially that title goes to Tammy Abraham who was signed for €40,000,000 from Chelsea. The side also signed Eldor Shomurodov for the attack, left-back Matias Vina from Palmeiras, an experienced GK Rui Patricio from Wolves, a young and promising CB Roger Ibanez. With the American owned side getting a 20-year-old US player Bryan Reynolds at right-back too.


Milan - 11


For a team that lost its key player in Gianluigi Donnarumma and symbol of a new page of the club, Milan is enjoying solid odds. Mostly because their opponents are not impressive but Rossoneri also conducted a solid transfer window. Though, it seems that the bookies have slightly disrespected AC Milan as they were Serie A leaders in the first half of the season at times with a solid reinforcement record.


Goalkeeper brought in as Gigi replacement, Mike Maignan, was a part of the Lille squad which nicked the title of PSG with ultra-defensive tactics. Olivier Giroud comes as a player seemingly perfect for Serie A and a team already used to target man tactics. Already familiar with the team because they were already at San Siro on loan are Fikayo Tomori and Tiemoue Bakayoko. While the club also signed a young striker Pietro Pellegri from Monaco despite his injury problems.


Napoli - 11


Probably the biggest disagreement we have with the bookies is the placement of Napoli as one of the outside favourites in the Serie A race. The side that ranked outside of the top four for two seasons has barely reinforced, bringing in Matteo Politano as their biggest purchase. Juan Jesus is the only other recognizable name on their incoming players sheet, with the loanee Andre Zambo Anguissa coming from Fulham without much noise. All while being led by Luciano Spalletti who only managed to finish second with Roma on some occasions yet struggled with a better squad at Inter.


A far better inclusion would be Lazio which lost only the manager and Joaquin Correa, keeping the core of the team including the former Golden Boot winner Ciro Immobile. Especially as the side is led by Maurizio Sarri who won the league with Juventus and has a team tailored for his style of play. Yet the Biancocelesti are ranked as seventh favourites with a massive odd of 29.


Do you agree with the oddsmakers regarding favourites for winning the top five leagues? 



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