Unlike the rest of Europe, English football will continue on its high-speed trajectory over the festive period, with the games coming thick and fast. This is a tradition enshrined in the minds of football fans on the island, with Christmas and the New Year unfathomable without football. Over on the continent, every other European league will pause for breath to give teams some time to spend with their families, and to recharge their batteries ahead of January. In such a scenario, it can get quite frustrating for fans of non-English teams as they see the amount of football on offer across the Channel. However, there is a decent solution available for this, online and mobile betting. There are a number of apps available online which allow access to betting providers like bet365, and with Appmodo explained how to download it fans can follow their teams easily over the festive period.
The Champions League will resume in February, with the knockout rounds getting underway. This season has seen the usual prospects go through, but at the same time, threw up some genuine surprises and new names to get excited about. Atalanta were one of the biggest surprises of the season, managing to squeak through on the last matchday despite garnering only seven points – they will be a breath of fresh air in the knockout rounds with their attacking style of football. Another new-ish team will be RB Leipzig, the current Bundesliga leaders, who topped their group and were drawn against Tottenham Hotspur in a winnable tie. The likes of Inter Milan and Ajax failed to make it through their respective groups; both of which were extremely competitive, and the two teams can be expected to make a decent run in the Europa League now. Red Bull Salzburg were one of the surprises of the season as they gave Liverpool and Napoli a run for their money; they failed to qualify for the knockout rounds but drop down to the Europa League as a formidable competitor, and in Takumi Minamino and Erling Haaland, provided us with two stars for the future.
Fans can look to get in on the betting action at this early stage of proceedings. Manchester City are currently the favourites to win the competition at 5.00, notwithstanding a tough round of 16 tie against Real Madrid, followed by Liverpool at 5.50. Madrid, interestingly enough, are at a long 19.00 to win the trophy; their European pedigree and recent record in the competition under Zidane could make this a very good bet. Robert Lewandowski, of Bayern Munich, leads the scoring charts and is the favourite to end up as the top scorer at 1.04, with his nearest competitor in the odds being Raheem Sterling and Lionel Messi at 21.00. Owing to City and Liverpool’s odds, there is a decent pick for the winner of the tournament to be an English club at 2.00, while the next best option is Spain at 4.00.