It is back to domestic matters this weekend and while Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus look set to defend their crowns in Italy and France respectively, the same cannot be said elsewhere.
Both the Bundesliga and La Liga seem to be bubbling under nicely and there looks to be plenty of value when browsing the German and Spanish markets.
Dortmund – Bundesliga outright @ 4/1
A look at the Bundesliga precedes a double take, with Bayern Munich currently sixth in the table as they continue to adapt to Niko Kovac’s methods.
However, they are still 1/5 to top the standings for the seventh straight year but it is their great rivals Borussia Dortmund who lead the way.
November 10 is the first Der Klassiker of the season and Lucien Fabre’s exciting young side will look to build on their momentum against the likes of Stuttgart, Hertha and Wolfsburg before welcoming FC Hollywood to town.
Bayern will surely get their act together sooner rather than later but seem to lack the pace and verve of yesteryear, with their ageing squad staring to fracture.
Monchengladbach – Top four @ 7/5
The Bundesliga has been crying out for Der BVB to find their feet again, while Borussia Monchengladbach have also rediscovered their mojo.
Without the distractions of European football, those eyeing the Top Four betting should not baulk at the 7/5 on offer.
Atletico – La Liga outright @ 5/1
Holders Barcelona are the 20/33 favourites to retain their title but there seems to be something stirring in La Liga and Atletico could be the side who go under the radar.
Sevilla top the standings but do not appear to have the depth to mount a title challenge, as suggested by their price of 33/1, and could be found out on Saturday when they head to the Nou Camp.
Getting to Christmas reasonably unscathed will be key for Los Rojiblancos but Barca look to be in the driving seat, despite failing to win any of their last four in the league. Real look similarly inconsistent and if one team can take advantage, it is Atleti.
Diego Simeone’s side famously topped the standings in the 2013-14 campaign, drawing at the Blaugrana on the final day.
‘El Cholo’ has worked hard to reinvigorate that side, adding fresh faces and moving old ones on, while bringing Diego Costa back to partner Antoine Griezmann seems a masterstroke.
One defeat in all competitions this season bodes well for Los Colchoneros and if Barca and Real peak and trough, their consistency could help them light up La Liga.
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