Winnings Nationality of Champions League 2013
What will the winning nationality of the 2012/13 Champions League be? This is an interesting betting market which can provide a great deal of value. Naturally the onus will be on Spain delivering a champion, with the forces to come in the last sixteen from favourites Barcelona and the threats of Real Madrid. But not only that, there are the added Spanish factors of Valencia and the tremendous story of Malaga, the latter making it through to the knockout stage impressively in their debut season in Uefa’s top club competition.
So it is only natural that Spain will be trading as favourites in the Nationality of the 2012/13 Champions League Winners Betting, because not only do they genuinely have two of the strongest sides, numbers are on their side too. Heading to the stage of the last sixteen, Spanish teams were making up a quarter of the remaining teams in the competition.
But there is value outside of Spain, because the two La Liga giants both fell at the semi final stage last season. Not only that, Spain have delivered on just two of the last five season, and on just three occasions in the last ten Champions League finals. So that means that other European leagues have had their fair share of things when it comes to producing a Champions League winner.
Germany look to be the best shot behind Spain because of their two representatives. Bayern Munich have been immense in the Bundesliga this season with a remarkable defense and last year’s losing finalists have the potential to go one better than they did in May 2012. Alongside them, the reigning German Champions Borussia Dortmund, are a side that many won’t want to meet in the Champions League, having a strong balanced side.
England lost two of their four representatives in the group stage; holders Chelsea and Premier League champions Manchester City falling by the wayside. That left Manchester United and Arsenal flying the flag for England in the knockout stage. But with both of them being given very tough draws in the round of 16, the potential of an English winner could be dramatically reduced. England have produced two winners in the last five season though, and only one of the last eight Champions League finals have not had an English representative in the final itself.
Italy may be looking more value for people in being able to produce a Champions League winner this season, and all attention there will be firmly on Juventus. They are the dominant power on the domestic front in Italy and impressive group stage performances over Chelsea, combined with a kind draw (against Glasgow Celtic) in the round of 16 could make the country value. Fellow Serie A side AC Milan received the worst draw possible though in the round of sixteen after being paired with Real Madrid.
So it could be a numbers game for Spain in the Market. Germany aside, the other top nations really look to only have one genuine challenger. As England will probably be relying on Manchester United and Italy on Juventus, France only have the big spending Paris St Germain to rely on. Can Zlatan Ibrahimovic fire them to success, or is just a matter of Spain to reign?
Spain have produced the most European Cup winners (13), closely followed by Italy and England (12). Germany and the Netherlands are way back on 6 each.