Can Barcelona Repeat Their Amazing Treble in 2015/16? William Hill's lee Phelps has casts his eye over the odds around Europe's best team in search of this answer. Here's what to expect from them and how to bet them.
Barcelona’s treble celebrations will be over soon and the tough task of doing it all again starts and, as we all know maintaining that level is harder than you think.
I guess they would have rather see Messi and Neymar rest during the summer too, instead they are playing in the Copa America, although Luis Suarez’ ban mans he has his feet up for the first summer in a long time.
Copa Del Ray
Of the three trophies, you would have to imagine this would be the one they would be least likely to put full strength teams out for if they had to choose. At 1.09 I can’t touch them winning the trophy.
They won the trophy by two points from Real Madrid with their great rivals losing five away games and conceding 17 more goals than Barcelona, so it’s obvious where they will try to improve under the guidance of Rafa Benitez.
Interestingly enough despite the array of talent up front Madrid outscored them, with 118 goals to 110, so if Barca’s defence does slip (and many pundits scratched their heads at their defensive record) the title could well switch hands.
No-one else is capable of winning the league and I’m taking Madrid on the current prices at 2.65.
I’m sure you know that no team has ever won the Champions League back-to-back, so can Barca do what the previous sublime team Pep Guardiola managed couldn’t do? When you look at the way they played in Europe it’s hard to see anyone beating them.
Obviously Madrid are capable of doing it, especially if their defence is stronger, Bayern will have to strengthen a lot to compete and with no major signings yet, it’s hard to see them being good enough. The problem for the German champions is that they will always try to play Barcelona at their game.
PSG won’t be strong enough in my opinion, but English champions Chelsea may have the formula under Jose Mourinho to thwart them. I use that word because that is what you need to do. Stop them playing and ‘park the bus’ as Jose once said. Chelsea would have the discipline to carry that out and potentially the skill to exploit minimal chances too.
But I need to see major signings from Barca’s rivals to start confidently putting money on them. I wouldn’t bet on the current champions retaining the trophy at 4.5, but Chelsea at 10.0 would be my each way pick, so a place in the final would be enough for a return on your bet.