Can Anyone Beat Barcelona and Real Madrid?
In the UEFA Champions League, a group of four or five teams tends to dominate the rest of the pack. This season, however, two of the usual suspects already appear to be breaking from the pack and making it look like they should be the odds on favorites to lift the trophy yet again. Can anyone derail Barcelona and Real Madrid, who appear to be the most serious contenders to lift the trophy?
Both Barcelona and Real Madrid have looked incredible in the early going of the Champions League group stages, utterly dominating their opponents with few exceptions. While Real Madrid did drop points on the road against Borussia Dortmund, they led the bulk of that match and were hard done not to win that match. Barcelona, meanwhile, has yet to really be tested, defeating their three opponents by a combined score of 13-1.
This is, of course, nothing new, as both of these teams have so much experience dominating at the highest level of the sport, and don't seem to be in danger of stopping anytime soon. For Barcelona, as long as their front line of Neymar, Luis Suarez, and Lionel Messi are all healthy, it will take a miracle for a team to stop them in a two legged situation before they reach the final, which is only one game and is more prone to upsets.
Champions League Futures Betting
When it comes to Champions League futures betting, it would be hard to justify placing a wager on anyone but these two teams, as Barcelona and Real Madrid have been by far the best teams in the competition. While an odds calculator would show that the payout for either of those sides would be less than that of backing a lesser squad, those sides look far inferior to the two Spanish giants.
Unless Juventus, Bayern Munich, or Borussia Dortmund show more consistent quality as the tournament progresses, this year's Champions League could become a two team race sooner than later, with the only question being whether Barca and Real are drawn to play each other before the final.
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