- The German Bundesliga has already resumed play, beginning on May 16.
- FC Barcelona (-165) is favored to win La Liga, which resumes on June 11.
- The English Premier League returns on June 17 with a match between Manchester City (-275) and Arsenal.
- Italy’s Serie A comes back to action on June 20 with Torino (+120) hosting Parma
LAS VEGAS – As the world continues its fight against the coronavirus, soccer leagues around the globe are beginning to return to action.
All of the world’s leagues were forced to suspend play back in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. It appears that we have passed the peak of the disease, as soccer officials worldwide have begun returning the game to a somewhat normal level of play.
Following the lead of the German Bundesliga, which returned with no fans in attendance on May 16th, other major soccer leagues have released statements announcing a potential return.
The English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, and Italian Serie A have all announced return dates for their product, while other leagues like the MLS are in the early stages of discussion.
The French Ligue 1 officially canceled their season, naming Paris Saint Germain the champion.
For sports bettors, this means that betting on soccer will be back on the legal sports betting menu very soon.
English Premier League
The most watched league in the world is set to return to competition on June 17, with two matches featuring teams that were behind a game in the schedule.
Arsenal Vs. Manchester City – Three-Way Moneyline
- Manchester City: -275
- Arsenal: +650
- Draw: +230
Aston Villa Vs. Sheffield United – Three-Way Moneyline
- Aston Villa: +200
- Sheffield United: +135
- Draw: +230
After that, there are 92 total fixtures still to be played, with each team after the initial four having 10 games remaining.
While Liverpool maintains a dominant 25-point lead on the table, there is still much to be decided regarding next year’s placement for the Champions and Europa Leagues.
The Bundesliga was the first of the major world’s leagues to return to action back on May 16 and has done so successfully so far with no issues such as an infected player.
The Bundesliga has gained many new fans being the only running league for over two weeks now, and have even begun adding artificial crowd noise to their broadcasts.
In a league that involves the fans as much as any sport, this has been a nice touch in a socially distant environment. This week, Bayern takes on Bayer Leverkusen, who are battling for a top four spot.
Bayer Leverkusen Vs. Bayern Munich – Three-Way Moneyline
- Bayer Leverkusen: +475
- Bayern Munich: -220
- Draw: +400
Currently, Bayern Munich holds a seven point lead over second place Borussia Dortmund, with three teams all within four points of their spot.
Spanish La Liga
The Spanish La Liga is set to return on June 11 with the Seville Derby. The season will then continue on from Match Week 28.
La Liga features one of the more highly competitive title races this year between two of the biggest clubs in the world, FC Barcelona and eternal rival Real Madrid.
La Liga 2019/2020 – League Winner
- FC Barcelona -165
- Real Madrid +135
- Atletica Madrid +25000
- Sevilla +25000
- Getafe +25000
Barca currently holds a two point lead over Real with the same amount of matches played, and is the oddsmakers favorite to win the league.
Italian Serie A
Italy’s top flight of football is ready to return on June 20, with Torino hosting Parma while Caligari visit Verona.
This starts a full schedule of matches that will finish the season out, where Cristiano Ronaldo’s club Juventus currently hold on to a one-point lead over Lazio.
Torino Vs. Parma – Three-Way Moneyline
- Torino: +120
- Parma: +230
- Draw: +235
In the first match back, Torino is a slight favorite, as their underdog odds give incentive to Serie A bettors.
Major League Soccer
The MLS currently remains without an announced start date.
However, teams have just recently been permitted to return to practice, with Atlanta United and Sporting Kansas City the first to do so.
This is a step in continuing ongoing discussions to restart the league. While the pandemic has been a damaging time for athletic competition around the world, it is inspiring to see these major leagues persevering and returning to normal.
With soccer betting lines at online sportsbooks flooding the gambling market, sports like soccer are helping the world return back to normal.
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