Things to know when the European leagues return from the World Cup break

The unique moment of World cup It means that there is not much rest between the end of the tournament and the resumption of the soccer league around the world.

Some leagues even started play before the World Cup ended. The English League Championship resumed last week and the Carabao Cup quarter-finals began on Tuesday.

With the Premier League, the first of Europe’s top five leagues to resume play on Monday, we thought a refresher course on how things stand in England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain was in order after we all watched a month international soccer. Here’s a quick refresher ahead of the return of club football.

All odds via BetMGM.

English Premier League

The league resumes on December 26

first division table

1. Arsenal, 37 points

2.Manchester City, 32

3.Newcastle, 30

4.Tottenham, 29

5. Manchester United, 26

Odds of winning the league

Probabilities of descending

  • Bournemouth (-175)

  • Nottingham Forest (-175)

  • Wolves (-110)

  • Everton (+165)

  • Southampton (+175)

what you need to know

League leaders Arsenal will be without star striker Gabriel Jesus for some time due to a right knee injury sustained in Brazil’s game against Cameroon. Jesús underwent surgery at the beginning of the month. Manchester City striker Erling Haaland will be well rested as Norway missed out on the World Cup. Newcastle may be active in the January transfer market after their strong start as they chase Champions League football. Meanwhile, Manchester United were second only to Manchester City in the number of minutes their players played in the World Cup. Both teams could heavily rotate their teams in the coming weeks.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 12: Martinelli tin Odegaard celebrates scoring Arsenal's second goal with Gabriel Jesus, Bukayo Saka and Thomas Partey during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal FC at Molineux on November 12, 2022 in Wolverhampton , England .  (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal sit at the top of the table but are the league favorites going into the second half of the season. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

French Ligue 1

The league resumes on December 28

league table

1. PSG, 41 points

2. Lens, 36

3. Rennais Stadium, 31

4. Marseille, 30

5. Lorient, 28

Odds of winning the league

  • PSG (-10000)

  • Lens (+2500)

  • Rennes Stadium (+3300)

  • Marseille (+4000)

  • Monaco (+10000)

Probabilities of descending

  • Anger (-400)

  • Auxerre (-250)

  • AC Ajaccio (-135)

  • Brazil (+135)

  • Montpellier (+160)

what you need to know

It seems likely that PSG will play a game or two without Kylian Mbappé and Lionel Messi after their epic World Cup runs. That would give the keys to the attack on Neymar. Only Mbappé (12) has scored more than Neymar’s 11 league goals in 14 games. Lens have not lost a single home game this season in their bid to keep up with PSG thus far and the two teams drew 1-1 earlier this season. Stade Rennais has the second best goal difference in the league behind PSG.

PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 29: Neyamr Jr 10, Kylian Mbappe 7 and Lionel Messi 30 of Paris Saint-Germain pose before the Ligue 1 match between Paris Saint-Germain and ESTAC Troyes at Parc des Princes on October 29, 2022 in Paris France .  (Photo by Xavier Laine/Getty Images)

It may be a while until we see these three together on the pitch again following their deep World Cup runs. (Photo by Xavier Laine/Getty Images)

the Spanish league

The league resumes on December 30

league table

1. Barcelona, ​​37 points

2. Real Madrid, 35

3. Royal Society, 26

4. Athletic Club, 24

5. Atletico Madrid, 24

Odds of winning the league

  • Barcelona (-190)

  • Real Madrid (+150)

  • Atlético de Madrid (+10000)

  • Athletic Bilbao (+15000)

  • Royal Society (+15000)

Probabilities of descending

  • Elche (-2000)

  • Cadiz (-200)

  • Getafe (+165)

  • Almeria (+200)

  • Spanish (+250)

what you need to know

Both Barcelona and Real Madrid have lost just once in their first 14 matches. The only difference between them is that Real Madrid has two links with Barcelona. Karim Benzema should return to Real Madrid soon after missing the entire World Cup and manager Carlo Ancelotti said this week that he will stay at Real Madrid until his contract expires in June 2024 after he was linked to Real Madrid. work from brazil Robert Lewandowski has scored 13 goals in Barcelona’s 14 games, while Ousmane Dembélé is looking to maintain his solid World Cup form.

09 Robert Lewandowski of FC Barcelona talking with 08 Pedri of FC Barcelona during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and UD Almeria at Spotify Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, ​​Spain on November 5, 2022. (Photo by Xavier Bonilla/NurPhoto via Getty Images )

09 Robert Lewandowski of FC Barcelona talking with 08 Pedri of FC Barcelona during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and UD Almeria at Spotify Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, ​​Spain on November 5, 2022. (Photo by Xavier Bonilla/NurPhoto via Getty Images )

Italian Serie A

The league resumes on January 4

league table

1. Napoli, 41 points

2. AC Milan, 33

3. Juventus, 31

4. Straight, 30

5. Inter Milan, 30

Odds of winning the league

  • Naples (-250)

  • AC Milan (+550)

  • Inter Milan (+650)

  • Youth (+650)

  • Lazio (+2500)

Probabilities of descending

  • Cremone (-400)

  • Hellas Verona (-250)

  • Sampdoria (-250)

  • Soccer Spice (+150)

  • Lecce (+200)

what you need to know

Napoli is eight points ahead of second thanks to 13 wins and two draws in 15 games. Victor Osimhen has nine goals in 11 games, while 21-year-old Georgian Khvicha Kvaratskhelia has six goals and five assists in 12 appearances. Juventus have allowed a league-low seven goals in 15 games, but trail 10 points because they scored just 24 goals, 13 fewer than Napoli and the fewest of any team in the top five. Only 6 points separate AC Milan from seventh place Roma. With the top four teams reaching the Champions League, it could be a fascinating 2023, even if Napoli clinch the title.

Victor Osimhen of SSC Napoli looks on during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and Udinese Calcio at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, Naples, Italy on November 12, 2022. (Photo by Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Victor Osimhen of SSC Napoli looks on during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and Udinese Calcio at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, Naples, Italy on November 12, 2022. (Photo by Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

german bundesliga

The league resumes on January 20.

league table

1.Bayern Munich, 34 points

2. SC Freiburg, 30

3.RB Leipzig, 28

4. Eintracht Frankfurt, 27

5. Union Berlin, 27

Odds of winning the league

Probabilities of descending

  • Schalke (-500)

  • VfL Bochum (-165)

  • Augsburg (+135)

  • Hertha BSC (+250)

  • VfB Stuttgart (+350)

what you need to know

As you can see, punters are optimistic about another league title for Bayern Munich. If Bayern win again, they will do so without GK Manuel Neuer. He suffered a broken leg while skiing after the World Cup and will be out for the rest of the season. Bayern’s goal difference is +36. Freiburg is +8. Dortmund have the third best chance of winning the league despite being in seventh place and five points off second. Dortmund could be tempted to sell Jude Bellingham in January after his strong World Cup performance or they could try to wait out a strong offer during the summer transfer window.

MUNICH, GERMANY - OCTOBER 16: Leroy Sane of Bayern Muenchen controls the ball during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern München and Sport-Club Freiburg at Allianz Arena on October 15, 2022 in Munich, Germany.  (Photo by Roland Krivec/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Leroy Sane from Bayern Munich controls the ball during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern München and Sport-Club Freiburg at Allianz Arena on October 15, 2022 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Roland Krivec/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

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