Latest Odds On The European Super League
Article Updated On 19th April 2021
As Mondays go it's been a relatively quiet one in the football world. Well that's if you overlook the fact that Jose Mourinho being relieved of his duties at Tottenham and the announcement of a new European League. There are suggestions that the events are linked with Jose refusing to lead training because of Spurs involvement in the new proposed competition. However Spurs are adamant that The Special One's departure is more down to events on the field rather than off it.
The betting markets have jumped on these two fairly seismic events. Let's look at The European Super League to kick off. At the moment The ESL is a proposed midweek competition featuring 12 founding clubs, three additional clubs and five invited teams. Amongst the founders are Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal. They are joined by Real Madrid, Athletico Madrid, Barcelona, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus. The proposal has created widespread condemnation from players, supporters and Federations alike so will The ESL ever get to kick off?
Will City & United Play In The Champions League?
According to Paddy Power it's currently 5/6 that the Premier League will not play a European Super League game before 2025. However it's 17/10 that the proposed competition will get underway and the sides will participate before 2025. If The ESL is ratified then that puts The Champions League as a competition in a difficult position. In many respects it makes UEFA's flagship competition redundant. There's also a possiblity that UEFA could ban the wantaway clubs from the competitions even if they qualify. You can get an attractive 13/5 if you back that Man Utd & Man City will each not to play a Champions League match in the 2021/22 season.
Will The Premier League Kick Out Clubs?
Regardless of whether The ESL takes place, many would like penalties to be applied to the top clubs. Their involvement in setting up this exclusive competition destroys the foundations of the football pyramid. Would The Premier League remove these sides from their competition? We're not convinced that they would but it'd send a massive message to those involved! You can 4/1 at Paddy Power if you choose to back the founding clubs not playing a Premier League game next season. Of course if it did happen then sides like Leicester, Everton and perhaps even West Ham would be title challengers. The odds of this happening are 12/1, 14/1 and also 14/1 respectively.
Who Follows Mourinho
Tottenham became the first European Super League club to sack their manager despite qualifying for the competition. Jose Mourinho headed out of White Hart Lane just six days before Spurs take on fellow ESL Judas' Chelsea at Wembley. The now tarnished Carabao Cup Final probably won't see Jose's successor in the hotseat at Spurs but who could be leading them into next season? Julian Nagelsmann of RB Leipzig is an early 3/1 favourite whilst Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers is 6/1. Surprisingly Scott Parker, currently at Fulham is at 5/1.
The problem for Spurs is that having announced they're founding The ESL they've potentially alienated themselves until the situation is resolved. If football as a community is condemning the notion of The European Super League then why would anyone risk their reputation in joining a club involved in such an undertaking. Would you be taking over a team that's about to be kicked out of domestic competitions? We suspect that any new manager announcement may be delayed possibly until the end of the season or until the current European competition issues are resolved.
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