Thursday, September 4, 2014

Top Four Leagues in Continental Europe in Full Swing

A breathless start to the action in Europe’s top four continental leagues has brought early season shocks in both Spain and Germany. France’s League 1 is well underway where the table is taking on a familiar shape. Italy’s Serie A is also in motion. As well as all the early season action in the continent’s top four leagues, all the top European football action can be followed at William Hill, for news, tips, and top football betting odds.

Barcelona and Real Madrid have both spent heavily and have had contrasting starts. The big surprise of the new Spanish La Liga season was the 4-2 defeat of Real Madrid at Real Sociedad, just two games in to the campaign. Ramos and Bale looked to have put the European Champions in cruise control with a goal apiece within the first eleven minutes. However, the Basque side stunned Los Blancos with four unanswered goals, two in each half. Barcelona returned to familiar pole position with maximum points after stealing the points with a late Ramírez goal at Villarreal.

In Germany, big spending Bundesliga hopefuls Borussia Dortmund have splashed the cash in a bid to overtake Bayern Munich. However, Bayer 04 Leverkusen are the early pacesetters with a maximum six points, which included an amazing away win at Dortmund in the opening round. Meanwhile champions elect Bayern Munich under Pep Guardiola dropped two points in their first away match of the new season. A tenth minute strike by new signing Robert Lewandowski wasn’t enough to hold off the challenge of FC Schalke 04 with Benedikt Howedes levelling for the Gelsenkirchen giants.

The upheaval at Italian champions Juventus, after manager Antonio Conte left to become the national team coach, did not affect the Old Lady’s form. It was business as usual under new manager Massimiliano Allegri, with a 1-0 away victory against Chievo. The focus was on Scudetto rivals FC Roma after they signed Ashley Cole from Chelsea. The Londoner was in fine form during a busy debut in which he helped the Giallorossi to a comfortable home win over Fiorentina.

Barring a major surprise Paris St-Germain look set to make it a hat trick of Ligue 1 titles. Star men like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and record signing David Luiz are already hitting form. PSG sit comfortably in second spot behind Bordeaux and will have their eyes on Champions League glory. Monaco have had a poor start and their challenge has not been helped after losing James Rodriguez to Real Madrid and fellow Colombian Radamel Falcao on a season long loan to Manchester United.

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