Scottish Premier League-Who Will Finish Third?

Now you don’t have to be a genius to come to the conclusion that the team who wins the SPL title next year will come from Glasgow and wear either a blue or green strip. Realistically there’s as much chance of a team outside the Old Firm winning the SPL title than there is of Robert Mugabe being beaten in a Zimbabwean election.

The Old Firm have dominated since 1984-85 season when Aberdeen won the title and you’d be as well setting fire to your money if you intend to back anyone other than Celtic or Rangers to win the title in the upcoming season. After the big two the third best in the betting are quoted at 200/1 to win the title, and those odds aren’t too generous to be fair.

Current Champions Celtic are 5/6 (Ladbrokes) while Rangers are Evens (Coral) now while these odds are hardly likely to give a huge return to punters it’s not all doom and gloom. There is betting available on the SPL without Rangers and Celtic and at least that does offer some kind of value if you can find the team who are going to finish third.

Lat Year Motherwell finished in third place behind Celtic and Rangers and there is a good chance that Mark McGhee’s team can be “Best of the rest” again next season. Motherwell are 5/1 (Bet365) and that’s a decent price given how well they performed last season. How they cope with having to play extra games in their UEFA Cup fixtures given the size of their squad remains to be seen and their league form could suffer as a result.

Aberdeen are favourites at 7/2 (Paddypower).but they are inconsistent and while they will be challenging for third spot they may drop too many points against lesser sides to clinch third spot.

Under Craig Levein Dundee United have developed into a side capable of beating anyone when they play to their full potential. They are nice mixture of youth and experience and if they can just add one or two more quality players to the squad they could be good value at 5/1 (Coral)

Hearts are as short as 11/4 (Paddypower) to finish third but we just can’t see that happening unless there are some big changes at Tynecastle-and we don’t mean yet another new manager!

They look like a bust waiting to happen at the moment. Coaches and managers come and go with alarming frequency. They’ve got rid of decent players and replaced them with third rate foreigners and loan signings, who just aren’t good enough to be playing at this level. The decent players they do have are now looking to jump ship and football fans everywhere are becoming concerned about how the club is being run and where all this turmoil is going to lead. At 11/4 Hearts are unbackable in our opinion given the on and off field problems they have,

Of the teams left only Kilmarnock can be seriously considered as possible challengers for third place. They had an extremely poor season by their standards last year, and a lack of money for new players may hinder their revival this season. However they look likely to have a far better season than they did last year and they could surprise a few people and come good. At 28/1 (Paddypower) Kilmarnock definitely offer punters as much chance as Hearts and are a lot better value.

With their younger players having another season of SPL experience under their belt we believe Dundee United will improve enough to take third place behind Celtic and Rangers..

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Overview

The UEFA Champions League is a seasonal European football competition organized by UEFA. The tournament was formerly called the European Cup and is contested by the most successful clubs in Europe who try to win the Champion Clubs’ Cup.

The original tournament began in 1955 as the European Champion Clubs’ Cup but became known simply as the European Cup and more recently the Champion’s League. It is a separate event from the UEFA Cup and the now abandoned Cup Winners’ Cup.

The UEFA Champions league is sensitive to the domestic league champions of all UEFA member associations as well as the clubs finishing from second to fourth position in the strongest leagues. In addition, the two lowest-ranked league competitions can also send their domestic champions in the Champions League.

In the past participating teams were only domestic national league winners but since 1997 the runners-up were also allowed to compete.

Co-efficient

Different teams start at different stages of the tournament according to their position in their national league and the UEFA coefficients of theirs league. The UEFA coefficients are used to rank teams and leagues across Europe. The top sixteen ranked teams from the biggest domestic leagues directly qualify.

Each association’s rank determines the stage at which the clubs join the competition. The three highest-ranked associations have two places assured in the group stage for their league champions and runners-up and two in the 3rd qualifying round for their third and fourth-placed teams. The lowest-ranked associations gain only one place in the first qualifying round for their league champions. In addition, the nine highest-ranked associations are each given at least one place in the group stage.

Tournament Structure

The Champions League is played over several stages that begin in mid-July with three preliminary qualifying rounds. Qualifying rounds continue mid-July to late August. The sixteen qualifying winners go to the next round and the losers from the third qualifying round transfer over to the UEFA Cup.

Another 16 seeded teams join the 16 teams that make it the next round for a group stage.

A draw is taken to divide the teams in eight groups of four teams each. Each team plays every other team in the group twice, one home and one away game. This group stage is played from September through December. Care is taken when making the draws to prevent that clubs from the same nation do not play each other till at least the quarterfinal.

The top two teams from each group go on to the next round while the teams finishing in third place are transferred over to play in the UEFA cup.

The sixteen remaining teams then play a knockout stage that starts in February and the cup final is played in May.

All of the qualifying rounds and the knockout stage are two-legged and aggregate goal numbers decide the winners. The away goal rule is applied meaning that the team that scores more goals during the away game wins overall if the teams are otherwise tied on goal aggregate. If teams are still tied at the end of their two matches then extra time and a penalty shootout are used to decide who qualifies. Only the final is decided in a single match.

History

The League was begun in the 1960-1961 season to fill the need for a mid-week football tournament. At first many top teams ignored the competition but the addition of entry to the UEFA cup for the winners attracted all teams to take part. For many clubs the League Cup is seen as useful way to gain entry into the UEFA cup.

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