When will football start again? It’s the question of questions for all footie fans. With all major football leagues postponed or cancelled due to the global pandemic, there is little telling when we could return to the stands.
Will Football Return Soon?
With entire Europe in lockdown, questions have been raised about the Champions League with UEFA considering proposals that could see Europe’s top club competition continue during summer. August 29th is being mulled as the new Champions League final date and it’s fair to say these rumours have had the fans keyed up.
There are no doubt betting enthusiasts will also be excited about the prospect of Champions League returning with many fans standing still for quite some time now. The 2019/20 Champions League season had so far produced plenty of betting opportunities – and surprises – and punters are keen to pick up where they left off.
Until the European returns, there is not much we could do, however. We can recollect and revisit the 2018/19 campaign and hope the 2019/20 closure will come near to the excitement levels we witnessed the last term.
Champions League: Memorable Moments 2018/19
There is little arguing with football fans claiming that 2018/19 Champions League campaign was one of the best ever.
It produced dramatic comebacks, late goals and an all-English final as Liverpool beat Tottenham 2-0 in Madrid to lift their sixth European trophy. The Reds ended up capping a memorable season with a title but the Champions League final proved to be one of the most disappointing games of the campaign, all things considered.
There has been drama throughout with the likes of Ajax, Manchester United and Juventus sending their fans into a frenzy with unlikely comebacks before Tottenham and Liverpool iced the cake in their fighting back to reach the final step of the competition.
Huge overturns resulted in plenty of betting opportunities for players and operators across the globe, including the Asian bookmakers as well. New sports bookies are regularly appearing online and while some omay be new creations entirely, occasionally you will find a brick and mortar bookmaker has made moved to the online world, a prime example being VOdds. They are an Asian handicap betting platform that offer aggregated real-time odds from a long list of difficult to reach Asian bookies. They have a expanding list of bookmakers includes Pinnacle Sports, SBOBET, MaxBet, and lots more to choose from. You can access VOdds through vodds.com, vodds.co or vodds.net, or can even use a VPN for uninterrupted access. Not only are most bookmakers moving online to help save costs it also gives them the opportunity to offer a wider range of sports betting markets.
Now you know where to bet, you also need to know why so, given the very fact that around 70 goals have been scored in the final 10 minutes of games throughout the 2018/19 campaign serves well to illustrate the suspense and excitement this sport can bring to its fans around the world.
Not many of those goals could compare to Lucas Moura’s hat-trick against Ajax, however. Heading into the semi-final return leg with one goal down, Spurs let Ajax take a 2-0 lead in what seemed like an end of the road for Mauricio Pochettino and his men. However, Lucas Moura then staged a memorable second-half performance, rounding it off with a hat-trick deep into stoppage time to send the exciting Ajax side home. His goals meant Spurs were heading into their first-ever Champions League final which was a success in its own right.
Talking of important goals and nail-biting comebacks, Liverpool deserve the champions’ crown here as well. With two of their biggest stars – Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino out of contention – Liverpool had a mountain to climb against Barcelona.
The Catalans arrived at Anfield with a healthy three-goal lead from the first leg and great confidence they would have already secured a place in the final. But the Liverpool ‘legend’ – as Jurgen Klopp, later on, called him – Divock Origi stepped up the plate and netted twice despite never previously scoring in a Champions League final. Not to cast a shadow on Gini Wijnaldum’s equally important brace, Divock Origi will, however, remain remembered for his iconic winner from Trent-Alexander-Arnold’s quick corner.
European champions were knocked out of this year’s competition by Atletico Madrid but that doesn’t mean the closing stages of the 2019/20 Champions League campaign will be any less attractive than last year.
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