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Liverpool Not Favoured To Win The Champions League Again

Tuesday Jun 25, 2019


 Liverpool Understandably Not Favoured To Win The Champions League Again Next Season After Remarkable European Campaign.


 Liverpool’s second straight visit to the Champions League final proved well worth the trip this time around, with Jurgen Klopp and his Reds securing a 2-0 victory over Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on Saturday night.

 Having lost out to Real Madrid a year ago and missing out on Premier League glory despite recording 97 points this season, the Merseysiders finally have reason to celebrate.

 Truth be told, this final was not as half as exciting as everyone expected it to be. Liverpool played some of the best attacking football in Europe this term, while Spurs had to dig themselves out of deficits - most times quite late on - in the most entertaining fashion.

 Many expected a free-flowing offensive display from at least one of these sides, yet they only teased in spurts. Of course, one could argue that the early penalty set a sore tone for the game but it should have made it more intense. It could also be argued that the decision was a harsh one, and maybe that would be a correct argument, yet the fact remains that Moussa Sissoko’s arm was up when it had no reason to be and the Frenchman did himself no favors at all by having it so explicitly pronounced.

 Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi proved to be the heroes on the night but Alisson’s performance in goal and Virgil van Dijk’s steady presence at the back ensured that the Reds left Spain with that coveted, big-eared piece of silverware.

 As you’d expect, Liverpool aren’t favored to win this trophy again next year simply because they’re going to be the defending Champions. Only Real can boast winning consecutive UCL tournaments in the modern era so there are attractive odds to be taken advantage of where Klopp’s side is concerned. Liverpool are currently 11/2 to lift the trophy at the end of the 2019/20 season with Paddy Power and you could get a great deal on a first bet with Genting bet first bet insurance.

 This year’s Premier League Winners Manchester City are the favorites to win the competition outright next campaign with 5/1 odds from the aforementioned bookies, while Real - who now have Zinedine Zidane back at the helm - are 8/1. The odds should tip in their favour a bit more if they do manage to land Eden Hazard from Chelsea. The Blues won the Europa League themselves last week and are back in the Champions League after finishing third in the English top flight. Bet365 are offering odds of 33/1 on them winning Europe’s top-tier tournament next season.

 Meanwhile, Saturday’s other finalists, Tottenham, are at 16/1 with Paddy Power to emerge winners next time around.

 Manager Mauricio Pochettino probably played himself out of the game by starting Harry Kane in the match and leaving semi-final hero Lucas Moura on the bench. The Brazilian’s impact was immediate when he was finally introduced and he could have gotten himself on the score sheet twice.

 Despite the lackluster final, this season’s tournament was one of the most exciting ever and it will be interesting to see how things pick up next season. With Pep Guardiola’s side now the favorites to win it after two successive Premier League title hauls, let’s see if the Spaniard can deliver on his bosses’ other objective in a year’s time.
  

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10/12/2019 19:45:00 Needham Market H
14/12/2019 15:00:00 Bartley Reds A
15/12/2019 14:00:00 Stafford Town Ladies H
21/12/2019 15:00:00 Alvechurch A
26/12/2019 12:00:00 Nuneaton Borough H
01/01/2020 15:00:00 Hednesford Town A
04/01/2020 15:00:00 St Ives Town H
11/01/2020 15:00:00 Bromsgrove Sporting A
18/01/2020 15:00:00 Leiston H
25/01/2020 15:00:00 Peterborough Sports A
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